As we enter the holiday season, the football is heating up, and the weather is cooling down. So, what beverage is your favorite to imbibe while watching the Wolverines or Lions play or sitting down with family and friends for a holiday meal? I live in central Oklahoma now, and one beverage I miss is good apple cider. It's just not available without preservatives here in Oklahoma. Fresh or left out in the garage for a few weeks for hard cider, I miss both. My wife invited a few friends without family in the area over for Thanksgiving dinner today. One guy is a big fan of Sea Dog blueberry beer. It's a bit too strong on the blueberry flavor for my taste, but he really likes it. So what beverage is a favorite of yours this time of year?
OT: What is your seasonal beverage of choice?
Today I will be consuming large amounts of bells Christmas ale.
Just picked up some yesterday and will try for the first time today...Love me some Bell's beers.
Go Blue! and #BeatOhio
Love Bell's but Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale wins. Outstanding stuff.
Sam Adam's Winter Lager
Great Lakes Christmas Ale.
Although I do think Bell's is good as well, and for a wider market the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is quite good.
+1 Celebration Ale.
I've never had Christmas ale. If two MGObloggers are fans (even though from different breweries) that's good enough for me. I'm going to give it a try.
Just be careful because the mass market brewers like Anheuser Busch have figured out that these holiday/seasonal beers are popular so, just like pumpkin beers, there are many bottom shelf impostors in the mix that you have to look out for. Avoid these; your future beer enthusiasm depends on it.
I didn't know Bell's had a Christmas Ale, but I'll be buying some this weekend!
then you should also try Thirsty Dog's 12 Dogs of Christmas. Both are phenomenal.
this was my response as well. if you're feeling cozy its also good with cinnamon and sugar around the rim of the glass. great beer, really glad they made more this year than last
No Great Lakes beers during beat Ohio week! Every other week their porter is great though
Eh I don't know. Their Blackout Stout is too good to not drink this time of year. I will be drinking it Saturday for sure.
I have a large quantity of it and I intend on consuming it while I roast the bird now sitting in the fridge, damnit.
Can't go wrong.
After years of following this board, this is the thread that finally gets me to register. Founders Breakfast Stout is my holiday beer of choice. It is only produced for about a month.
Good thing I didn't go with the favorite Thanksgiving recipe idea then. Welcome aboard!
From August till January usually. Have a case sitting in my apt right now.
It's also my favorite, save for KBS
I live in GR and have had an awful time finding it. Me and my buddy have been buying it all up whenever we found it. We plowed through 8 of the bottles last night watching the basketball team crush UCLA. I will probably end up with a couple growlers of it for the game against Ohio on Saturday.
Really? That's odd. There is usually a ton at Cascade Meijer (they had it Tuesday night when I was last there), Peter's Imports in Grandville, Martha's Vineyard (you can even still get Hopslam there because it's a little pricey) and even Family Fare sometimes.
EDIT: And Siciliano's!
If you're in AA for a game, Plum Market plus other stores have plenty. It's how I get going on gamedays. Really lives up to its name. I'm pretty surprised GR wouldnt have it.
Siciliano's on the NW side, D Schuler's on the Southwest side, and several Meijers carry it. Also, Founders now has a store in the brewery where you can pick up anything seasonal. I highly suggest Backwoods Bastard.
Try Kingma's if you're on the NE side.
Dogfish 60 and 90 are mine. Of course they are also mine in te spring....summer and fall too.
Damn that's a good beer.
Pick up a 120. DFH has started producing it again in small batches.
I have searched high and low for the legandary 120. It is the Unicorn/Atlantis of IPA's as you must well know.
Where can this mythical beast be found? I will start my journey immediately.
It is very strong (but very good) and will knock you on your ass very quickly. Then again that is the goal for many of us anyway.
You are not alone. I have also been searching for this legend for a while. According to the Dogfish Head website it is being brewed this month so hopefully we can find it soon.
I think the first person to find it....anywhere....should iimmediately post the location. I would grant this finder of truth about 1MM up votes.
Agreed. It has alluded me in my relatively short beer drinking time and I wish to change that.
Was able to pick up 6 around AA
java wee mac- its a Scottish ale infused with coffee
I get nostalgic at the Holidays. I like a Seven and Seven with Seagrams 7 ( not Canadian club) and 7up. Less 7up with each cocktail. Reminds me of watching The Rose Bowl with my Dad. Go Blue!
With the turkey today, it's a chardonnay from Hess in Monterey. Not big into the seasonal ales, they are too heavy for me and fill me up to quick. I'll stick with a nice scotch on the rocks, either Glenfiddich, Glenlivet or Dimple Pinch, of the three, dimple is probably my fav. Oh, and occasionally, I'll do the spiced rum in egg nog. I enjoy the flavor, don't want to get hammered off it, nothing worse than egg nog coming back to see you.
A little Swingers for you.
Some hot gluhwein from Bernkastel (Mosel valley in Germany) is a great winter beverage. Also can't go wrong with a Wassail Ale on a cold winter's day.
Winter Abbey Ale is really good. I've liked all the Blue Moon seasonal varities actually.
Jack out of the bottle. I hate doing dishes.
This made me laugh.
My favorite beer, only available for a few months in the winter. Also, Trader Joe's Vintage Ale that I have been aging for 1-2 years in my basement will make an appearance at the holidays.
Any single malt aged at least 12 years.
I'll be eating a pecan pie today that has a cup of Makers Mark in it.
Nothing like getting drunk on pie.
Man, that sounds good!
Unless you're getting drunk on Ham.
Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout; Distributed in November.
This highly coveted Oatmeal Stout has the largest grain bill in the entire Short’s beer portfolio. With roughly a handful of peanuts in every glass, rich aromas of chocolate and peanut nuttiness are generated along with a decadent full flavor on the palate. Creamy oatmeal, fused with peanut puree, combines perfectly with the caramel and roasted grain flavors of the malt.
You won't see Uber Goober bottled this year. Shorts had had infection issues with their beers that use peanuts the last two years (Uber Goober and PB&J). So that is why this fall you are seeing Chocolate Wheat, Cherry Porter and Ginger in the Rye.