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Sam Adams Winter Variety Pack | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

As Fall turns to Winter, and the temperature begins to drop, we look forward to our Winter Variety Pack. This Winter marks the return of Old Fezziwig Ale and Chocolate Bock, two old favorites, as well as two new, soon-to-be classic beers: Hopflake White IPA, and Ginger Beer. Read More »

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Rogue’s annual holiday offering, Santa’s Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic Saint Rogue Red, but with double the hops–including Chinook, and Centennial, and a mystery hop called Rudolph by head brewer John “more hops” Maier! This holiday elixir is brewed with two-row Harrington, Klages and Munich malts, along with Hugh Baird 30-37, Carastan 13-17, and Crystal 70-80 malts, plus free range coastal water and proprietary top-fermenting Pacman yeast. Read More »

Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012 | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

From the bottle: “Ingredienser: vand, malt (pale, special-B og chocolate), flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, humle (northern brewer, hallertauer og styrian goldings), krydderier (appelsinskal og korianderfrø) og gær.” Beer Geek Nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout (Gingerbread cookie beer?!)| Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Brewed with baby ginger from Casselmonte Farm and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout captures the terroir of central Virginia in a rich, creamy libation with a velvety mouthfeel and an intriguing evolution of flavors from milk chocolate and vanilla to honeycomb and cinnamon to a snap of ginger in the finish. Deep, dark chocolate in color with a mahogany tint and a frothy, caramel colored head, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout offers aromatics of holiday spice originating from the ginger, and balanced with a generous dose of whole Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and Vietnamese cinnamon. Milk sugar (lactose) contributes to the full body of this stout and tames its roasty character, while oats lend a silky quality. Enjoy fresh, or cellar for a special occasion. We hope Hardywood Gingerbread Stout contributes to your merriment this season. Read More »

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 2012 | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is the youngest descendant in the illustrious family of delicious Abbey Ales by Brewery St. Bernardus. This specialty beer of 10% alc. vol. is characterized by its deep dark colour, with a creamy, thick head and a full, almost velvety taste with a fruity nose. It’s a seasonal ale, brewed annually for the holiday season. The long winter nights are perfect moments to savour this ale with or without friends and to enjoy its unique, complex taste and after-taste. Beer geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2012 | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This is our special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons appears born anew. Beer geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »

The Bruery 5 Golden Rings (11.5% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

5 Golden Rings is the 5th verse in our ’12 Days of Christmas’ winter seasonal ale series. This is the only golden ale in the bunch but it definitely packs a holiday punch. We spiced up this 11.5% ABV ode to Winter with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with some delicious sweet and tangy pineapple. Beer Geek Nation craft beer reviews. Read More »

Delirium Noël (10% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Born in 2000, yet it is brewed only for the Christmas and New Year and complete the trilogy of “Delirium.” His approach is already a superb warm copper color to red recalling “Nocturnum” except in its taste. At first glance, it hides its subtlety by a level of flavors. It be approached with confidence, with a tinge typical Christmas, sauced with a sweet touch, then covered with a bitter tone, without extension and then a strange sensation of freshness on the tongue. Finally, it frees itself entirely from the bottom of the palace like a pepper on a salad of the season. It is assessed at the first sip, and loyalty to the second. However its high “volume of alcohol consumption required liable. Beer Geek Nation craft beer reviews Read More »

The Bruery 4 Calling Birds | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews Episode 277

A Belgian style dark ale brewed with spices. The fourth verse of our Twelve Beers of Christmas saga incorporates gingerbread-like spice into a rich and robust dark ale. Read More »

Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews Episode 275

This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. ... Read More »