It isn’t a Beery Christmas unless I can score a couple bottles of Great Lakes Brewing Christmas Ale with the help from my friend Jess visiting family in NY. This stocking stuffer is brewed with honey, ginger, cinnamon and everything merry.
This pumpkin brew comes from Blue Hills Brewery in Canton, MA and I instantly fell in love with the spooky label. The beer tastes more like pure pumpkin than other pumpkin beers out there, so don’t go looking for a Pumking type beer or you’ll be sorely disappointed. It paired perfectly with our squash soup at dinner, one of the best beer/food pairings I’ve ever tasted.
Abbey Ale is a great Dubbel ale brewed by Ommegang Brewery out of Cooperstown, New York. Lots of dark fruit, raisins and spices come through at the beginning and then ultimately mix and conclude in a deep sweet aftertaste. One sip of this complex beer and you’ll know why these monks are dancing.
Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Company in Indiana is a deliciously balanced Pale Ale (some might be tempted to call it an IPA) with a fantastic crisp hop taste. I wish we had more than just 1 of these to drink that day. I also wish they distributed here to MA. Perhaps a Dark Lord Day trip is in order…
60 Minute IPA
60 Minute IPA brewed by Dogfish Head is the best of their IPAs in my opinion. Deliciously balanced in all the right ways.
A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
Lagunitas’s best beer. Right after Sucks… or maybe Brown Shugga’… Or maybe after those, or somewhere in-between? Point is, Lagunitas has way too many great beers to rank.