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Yule Be Glad To Hear That Christmas Beer Is Here Again

Have you ever heard of the Christmas 5 Pack? According to Urban Dictionary, this is the term that describes those times when you buy that new seasonal beer that you’ve never tried for your friend as a Christmas gift, and by the time you actually get to your friend’s house, he ends up with – you guessed it -  the Christmas 5 pack. If you’ve ever experienced a Michigan winter, you know that the same conditions that inspired the hearty and flamboyant winter brews in northern Europe are just around the corner by the time December arrives, which is why we’re highlighting a few of the couple dozen winter and Christmas beers we have on hand. We went into more depth last year, but the fact is that the average craft beer lover these days is well studied enough that we won’t be telling them anything they don’t already know, so we won’t bore you. Suffice to say that ever since the Santa’s Butt Scandal of a few years ago, beer makers have all the freedom they want to have fun with their winter brews, and they exercise it. As well as the established names in winter and Christmas beers, we usually have any smaller production holiday craft beer that’s available in Michigan. Call us if you’re looking for something special, many of these craft brewery specialties are sold out almost the day they come in, so we don’t torture our valued customers by listing them!

Winterkoninkske
Winterkoninkske
This beer is from Kerkom, a classic Belgian farmhouse brewery. It’s unfiltered, not pasteurized, and produced with secondary fermentation in the bottle. The ‘Winterkoninkske’ is the ideal beer to make a cold and chilly winter evening pleasant, but be aware that this winter ale is made with juniper berries and a touch of lavender, which may startle the unsuspecting beer drinker’s palate.

11.2oz $1.99 or 2/$3.69, ABV 8.3%

Scaldis Noël
Scaldis Noël
Scaldis Noël is a high fermentation, filtered beer and has an alcohol volume of 12%. The substantial use of caramel malt gives it a coppery red colour and an exceptional roundness. Careful, studied hopping gives this beer a consistent, fruity flavour with a delicately hopped aroma. A limited edition beverage, Scaldis Noël is an indispensable reference among the end-of-year beers.

750ML $19.99, 8.48oz $4.99, ABV 12%

St-Feuillien Cuvée de Noël
St-Feuillien Cuvée de Noël
This beer has a generous head – compact and firm. Its slightly brown colour is the result of the roasted barley. It has a dark ruby brown colour and a very intense aroma. The aromatic herbs and spices used greatly enhance its delicious smell. Full-bodied with a smoothness that is the result of the synergy of caramelised malts, carefully controlled fermentation and long cold storage.

750ML $12.49 ABV 9%

Wittekerke Winter Wit
Wittekerke Winter Wit
A special release from Bavik; a double version of their familiar ale, in a 750ML bottle. Golden orange in color, wheat & apple up front as well as a lot of spice with cinnamon and coriander. Not a complex palate, but smooth, creamy wheat and fruit leads to a light clean finish.

750ML $10.49 7.5% ABV

Nøgne Ø Winter Ale
Nøgne Ø Winter Ale
(aka Nøgne Ø God Jul)
A dark ale brewed specially for the Christmas season, with a rich, complex taste of caramel. This is a strong, dark and rather sweet Christmas Beer – just the way we think a Christmas beer should be.

500ML $10.99 ABV: 8.5%

Posted By:Admin December 2, 2011

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