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It's all about the beer.

For today’s Advent beer pick we travel to Golden, Colorado, to visit the aptly-named Holidaily Brewing, a dedicated gluten-free brewery. All of Holidaily’s beers are certified gluten free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization and I’m happy to include the brewery’s Santa’s Nightcap to

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jackfrost nippin’ at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos Today is Roast Chestnuts Day, a fun idea to celebrate for the season, so for the Advent beer pick I wanted to go with a chestnut-themed …

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December 13 is National Cocoa Day, as in hot chocolate, a terrific winter holiday celebration. (Ignoring that it’s Friday the 13th—that’s a different holiday!) As befitting the day, I wanted to pick a hot chocolate-themed beer and I think Texas Xmas from 3 Nations Brewing fits that bill nicely. Texas &#

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I believe this is a first for Bend: Boneyard Beer is hosting 3 Floyds Brewing for a tap takeover at the Boneyard Pub this Friday, December 13! 3 Floyds is located in Munster, Indiana and is well known for its beers such as Alpha King, Zombie Dust, and the Dark …

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It’s now less than two weeks until Christmas and we’re at the halfway point in the Advent beer calendar! Now is the time during all the holiday prep and shopping and running around that it can be a bit of a daze. So it’s time to slow down for a …

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Arrived this week in a nice wooden box with a fancy glass: this year’s edition of Rogue Ales Santa’s Private Reserve. For the past several years, the style and recipe of this beer has changed and for 2019 the brewery incorporated candy cap mushrooms into this strong ale. Per the …

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For today’s Advent beer pick we’re visiting Scotland and the Broughton Ales Brewery for a taste of its coffee oatmeal stout that’s perfect for the holidays: Santa’s Stout. This easy-drinking festive stout is brewed with fresh Edinburgh espresso and is full of chocolate and coffee notes. The brewer

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It’s National Lager Day! December 10 is the annual observance of this beery holiday and it’s a perfect time of year to pick a yuletime lager. As befitting a day dedicated to lagers, today’s Advent beer comes from Germany, from the Warsteiner Brewery: its Christmas beer Weihnacht. (Note, the Anglicized &

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I received two bottles from Crux Fermentation Project‘s [BANISHED] beer series last week: this year’s vintage of Tough Love Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, and the brand new Ribbon of Darkness Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter. Both are available right now in 500ml bottles, with Tough Love being in general dist

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The ninth installment of this year’s Advent beer calendar features a venerable California brewery making its first appearance in this feature—Drake’s Brewing Company. Probably best known for its hoppy ales, Drake’s released a Christmastime barleywine with a stupendous alcoholic strength at 14.8%,

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For this eighth of December, today’s Advent beer pick takes us to western New York to the ski town of Ellicottville, home of Ellicottville Brewing Company. For the holidays the brewery offers its Lloyd’s Christmas Ale, a spiced imperial brown ale with figs, brewed to the tune of 8% ABV …

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Today’s Advent beer pick has a mouthful of a name and is one I just couldn’t resist: Gigantic Brewing The Cat Ate My Stash and Pissed on the Xmas Tree, billed as a “Festive IPA.” It’s a rather descriptive name to match the particular character of the hops in this IPA. …

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Today, December 6, is Saint Nicholas Day, commemorating the Christian feast day and overnight arrival of St. Nicholas—also known as Santa Claus—who leaves toys and treats for children. This is more prevalent in Old World Europe than in North America, though there are regions with strong Germanic influence tha

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December 5th is Repeal Day, commemorating the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that repealed Prohibition in 1933. (It also happens to be Krampus night but this year I’m going with Repeal!) To celebrate the day, our Advent beer pick is aptly enough from Chicago’s Revolution Brewing,

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This week another bunch of beers arrived, as well as a cider, and a book. I’m getting my work cut out for me. First up: the latest Zupan’s Markets collaborations: Breakside Brewery Farm to Market IPA, and Reverend Nat’s Farm to Market Cider. These are the tenth beer and first …

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Did you know that December 4 is National Cookie Day? What better time of year to celebrate cookies than the holidays? It’s a good day to pair cookies with your favorite beer and for today’s Advent beer pick, you know I had to find a Christmas cookie-themed beer. So off …

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My latest beer article for The Bulletin came out on Sunday, in which I highlight Sno’d In Winter IPA from Bend Brewing Company. I also riff on the concept of “winter IPA” as a style which I’m going to run with. You may be thinking, what is a winter IPA? …

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For this third of December we’re skipping over to Europe for our daily Advent beer pick. In Denmark, Ugly Duck Brewing was founded in 2012 as a spin-off of Indslev Brewery; according to Ugly Duck, “After six years of success brewing exclusive wheat beers, Indslev wanted a new laboratory for …

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We have homebrewer friends, originally from the Midwest, who brew a “clone” beer each winter based on their favorite seasonal from Ohio: Great Lakes Brewing Christmas Ale. I’ve had the chance to taste this year’s homebrew, and while I haven’t (yet) experienced the original, I enjoyed the hom

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Way back in 2005, I had the idea to start a December feature combining the idea of Advent calendars with beer, at least in a virtual sense. Starting on the 1st, each day would reveal a new holiday- or winter-themed beer until Christmas Eve. Since then, I’ve seen others do …

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I’m not quite sure how this all converged, but three different packages of beers arrived yesterday (Black Friday) from various sources. The first were three barrel-aged and cellar reserved beers from North Coast Brewing: Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve 2018, and two bottles of Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXII, one aged &

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Arrived yesterday: two bottles of Anchor Christmas Ale just in time for the holidays. This year is the 45th edition of this Christmas classic, and while the recipe is a secret that changes each year, there are hints in the press release about what might have gone into it: “Slightly …

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With Thanksgiving on top of us, it’s time to plan out your beer selections for the big day. There are a number of ways to approach beers for Thanksgiving. For instance, do you match beer style to menu? Do you have particular favorite beers you always have to have? Or …

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Every year in December, I run my Beer Advent Calendar feature with a new holiday- or winter-themed beer revealed each day. If possible, I like to run a Chanukah (Hanukkah) themed beer to observe the Jewish festival, but there are few Hanukkah beers available. Portland’s Lompoc Brewing brewed 8 Malty …

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My latest article to appear in The Bulletin debuted Sunday, and this time around I wrote about Worthy Brewing Company‘s latest limited-release beer: Worthy & Wise coffee cream ale worth a try. (Reminder: I don’t write the headlines, and the online ones are sometimes different than what appears in print. &

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Several weeks back, while shopping at Trader Joe’s, I came across Howling Gourds Pumpkin Ale, released under the company’s house brand of JosephsBrau Brewing. You won’t find a website for JosephsBrau, but the beers are brewed by Gordon Biersch Brewing out of San Jose, California. To be fair, other brewe

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Right at the end of last week, I received a bottle of Double Mountain Brewery‘s annual winter ale, Fa La La La La. It’s brewed in the style of a “winter IPA” rather than winter warmer (think Sierra Nevada’s Celebration) with a classic Northwest profile. Here’s the description to accomp

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The 7th annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival takes place on Saturday, December 14, hosted once again by GoodLife Brewing. This event is a good showcase of the region’s winter beer offerings and is always a fun time. Of course, it’s a mostly-outdoor beerfest (there’s a heated tent) so you’ll

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Bend Brewing Company announced this week the release of three new seasonal beers, which will hit the market in 16-ounce cans: Coffee ‘N’ Cream, a coffee-infused blonde ale; Sno’d In Winter IPA; and Windward Export Pils, a collaboration brew with Astoria’s Buoy Beer. Coffee ‘N’ Cream is

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Technically not “beer” but still incorporating pumpkin, 2 Towns Ciderhouse crafts a pumpkin cider each year with its Hollow Jack’d. (This is the “Pumpkin Cider Project” post in the series.) 2 Towns recently sent me two bottles of this year’s version which is always a fun one to drink.

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