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Holiday Beers!
« on: November 26, 2009, 06:55:56 PM »
So, it's like christmas at my local grocery store.  This week two important beers made their appearance: Flying Dog Horn Dog Barley Wine and Red Hook's Winter Hook.  The former is the closest substitute I've found to a real barleywine made by one of my friends' dads in his basement.  Corked into liter bottles with those hinged tops, heavy, mysterious, best served at just under room temperature.  Flying dog's is a little sweeter than that old mountain basement brew, but it works the same way.  Just a great what-the-hell-it's-dark-at-4:30pm type of beers.  

Winter Hook holds sentimental memories for me as well.  When I was a bartender during college we only had bud products and Red hook products on tap, sort of two extremes.  Red Hook always puts out great seasonal beers, but Winter Hook is the one we could never keep in stock.  There's just something brilliant about it.  It's not a christmas beer, overloaded with hints of cinammon or gingerbread or anything like that.  Just a good medium weight, tiny bits of bitter, and great with things like baked ham or cheese straws.  

Sierra Nevada had a christmas beer last year that I recall liking.  Don't know if they do that every year or not.  I'll keep an eye out for it.  

Anybody else have their favorite winter ales?
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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2009, 09:17:57 PM »
I do, but everyone would make fun of me if I told you.
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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2009, 03:15:02 AM »
I can't remember which one it was, but the last winter ale I tried tasted like ass. I'm hesitant to try another.

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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2009, 08:33:30 AM »
Best beer ever.

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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2009, 01:03:42 PM »
Banana beer?  You can never call anyone gay ever again....
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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2009, 03:56:40 PM »
I love the Sam Adams Seasonals, but the winter is my favorite.

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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2009, 02:36:40 AM »
Banana beer?  You can never call anyone gay ever again....

You're just a dirty racist.
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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2009, 03:18:44 AM »
Were they all out of Zima or something?
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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2009, 05:27:48 PM »
Just got home with a growler full of the Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser winter ale... straight from the brewery.  Plus, a 4-pack of their barley wine and a case of ponies (mix and effing match! $10!). 

We'll see if there's any left come Monday.  :drunken:

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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2009, 05:37:11 PM »
Yeah, Tyson, try the Flying Dog K9 winter ale, if you can get your hands on it.  Winter Hook is also good.  The Anchor Steam Winter Ale (which is in your backyard) is very light and unobtrusive.  If you want to ease into winter ales, start there.  It's a very easy one to drink.

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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2009, 11:05:06 PM »
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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2009, 11:29:32 PM »
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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2009, 01:20:08 AM »
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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2009, 09:41:52 AM »
Ahh, they make great beer though.

Unfortunately, this is the holiday beer I wound up with at the end of the night.
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Re: Holiday Beers!
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2009, 10:09:25 AM »
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