Monthly Archives: December 2014

Beer Review – Barrel Aged Conductor Imperial Rye by Actual

One of my goals for the holiday season is to reduce the inventory of my beer fridge and cellar. It’s a little like those year end sales that stores put on, out with the old to make room for the … Continue reading

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Beer Review – The Dogfather by Laughing Dog

Did you have any beer-related items on your Christmas list, perhaps something from my list of gifts for the 12 days of Christmas?  If so did Samichlaus come through as hoped?  I’m not sure how I ended up on the … Continue reading

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Beer Review – St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

Christmas is almost upon us and I’ve saved a special seasonal beer for my last beer review before the big day—Christmas Ale by St. Bernardus Brewery in Watou, Belgium.  As beer geeks will know St. Bernardus brewed the beers of … Continue reading

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Belgian Golden Ale Bread Pudding

Looking for a new recipe for the holidays?  May I suggest a modern twist on a dish that is centuries old with this delicious take on bread pudding.  I would go so far as to say it is the best … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Samichlaus by Schloss Eggenberg

At this time of year holiday beers are all the rage, particularly here in Ohio where the popularity of Great Lakes Christmas Ale has spawned such a multitude of winter warmers that I would not be surprised if our beer … Continue reading

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Zauber celebrates the darkness with release of Ominous

The winter solstice is almost upon us.  The daylight will only last for 9 hours and 20 minutes this coming Sunday.  Appropriately Zauber Brewing is celebrating the darkness by releasing their biggest beer they’ve brewed since upgrading the brewing system … Continue reading

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A Kölsch, an orange, and a vanilla bean walk into a bar …

As many of you know Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing very recently expanded their distribution to reach the Columbus market.   So when buying beer for a party I was hosting this past weekend I decided to pick up a 6-pack of their … Continue reading

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Baltic Porter Bacon Brownies

One of the best things about a subscription to Draft magazine are the recipes that come in each issue, all involving beer as an ingredient.  As I was looking through the dessert recipes in the holiday issue, two caught my eye—the Belgian … Continue reading

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Beer-themed gifts for the 12 days of Christmas

With only two weeks to go until the big day it’s about time to start thinking about Christmas shopping.  I know there are probably some type A personalities out there who have already started Christmas shopping, but even the most … Continue reading

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Searching for Sahti in Helsinki

Most of my travel destinations are dictated by work or family commitments.  The beer excursions that you read about on the pages of this blog must be creatively worked into the itinerary of those trips.  This explains why my first … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Flemish Kiss by The Commons

Last year at Thanksgiving I celebrated with a bottle of Seizoen Bretta from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales and absolutely loved it. It’s still the only beer I’ve reviewed on this site that has received a perfect 10.  So I thought why not … Continue reading

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Barrel aged beers and ugly sweaters this Saturday at Zaftig

This coming Saturday, December 6, the crew at Zaftig Brewing are throwing a holiday party. The theme is an ugly sweater party, because what pairs with high abv beers better than a wool sweater depicting baby Jesus riding a reindeer who is kicking … Continue reading

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