Day 17 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 17: SweetWater Brewing Company Festive Ale

We are usually fans of SweetWater beers but generally only drink them at beer fest and events (for no particular reason they just usually aren’t on our radar when buying beer). From website: “Just in time for the holidays is this strong cheerfully spiced seasonal ale with big complex flavors to keep you warm and toasted all season long. Brewed only one day per year, this high octane 8.1% ABV brew has a sleighload of Centennial and Golding hops and is capped with a dose of cinnamon and nutmeg.”

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Day 16 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 16: MadTree Brewing Thunder Snow

Even though MadTree is based in Ohio, they’ve only recently made their way up to Cleveland this year. We are excited to see them around and welcome them to the calendar! From their website: “The conditions have to be just right for the formation of Thundersnow. Ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, hints of cinnamon and a bready malt sweetness are the secret. When you find this rare occurrence, savor it as long as you can.”

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Day 15 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 15: Platform Beer Co. Esther Belgian Style Christmas Ale

Esther is a Belgian style Christmas ale. It’s modeled after old world, traditional ales brewed around Christmas in Belgium. They all had a few things in common: dark, rich and boozy. Platform always tries to do things a little different, so for their Christmas beer they went with this no-spice Belgian. The only additions in this beer besides the usual water, hops, yeast and barley are honey and Belgian candi sugar. The honey imparts a bit of a lingering sweet flavor, while the Belgian candi sugar is used to add a bit of color, and also help the beer ferment and achieve the high abv without coming off too sweet. If that doesn’t say Christmas, I don’t know what does!

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Day 14 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 14: Tröegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA

Most people know Tröegs’ other Christmas ale, Mad Elf. It’s very popular around here. But we were excited to see that they had another winter ale, Blizzard of Hops. From the website: “We created this Winter IPA to toast hop growers around the world for another successful harvest. This storm of hoppy citrus and pine notes is a bright reminder the end of the Hop Cycle is only the beginning.”

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Day 13 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 13: Anderson Valley Brewing Co.Winter Solstice

Anderson Valley produce some of our favorite goses (sour wheat beer) so we don’t necessarily think about them first when it comes to Christmas ales. We have had a few of their other beers though and we’ve been fans, so we’re looking forward to seeing what their Christmas beer has to offer. From their website: “Boasting a deep amber hue and rich mouthfeel, its creamy finish will lift your spirits. Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tease the senses making this the perfect ale to share with friends and family during the cold days and long nights of winter.”

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Day 12 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 12: Southern Tier Brewing Co. Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale

Southern Tier usually produces very delicious beer although sometimes their festive beers can be a bit too sweet (we’re looking at you Pumpking). This one definitely has the potential to be a bottle full of sweetness. Souther Tier states: “In this brew, lightly toasted malts with subtly spicy hops blend into cinnamon flavors and creamy lactose sugar. Their coalescence is so uncannily close to fresh baked cinnamon rolls that it was impossible to name this beer anything other than Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale!”

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Day 11 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 11: Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

This brewery is typically known for their super light and airy beers and most famous for their shandies.  That being said, it’s interesting to see a porter come from Leinenkugel. But, we take this seriously, so no putting the cart before the horse. Or beer. From the website: “Drift into winter with Snowdrift Vanilla Porter, back by popular demand as our Winter standalone. A fuller-bodied brew with hints of cocoa, coffee and caramel brought out by roasted malts and aged on real vanilla, our Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is smooth and creamy, making it perfect for warming up winter.”

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Day 10 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 10: Rhinegeist Dad Hoppy Holiday Ale

Based in Cincinnati, Rhinegeist has quickly become one of the most popular breweries in Ohio. They have a very extensive catalog of canned beers and have recently started churning out a lot of bombers (22 oz bottles) as well. If you like any sort of beer at all, Rhinegeist probably has something for you. Per their website: “This hoppy red ale balances crisp hops with juicy malts like a well worn flannel embraces the cold early dark days of winter. Notes of citrus and cherry life saver.”

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Day 9 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 9: Bell’s Brewery Winter White Ale

This is one we always like to see on our list because it’s from one of our favorite breweries, and it’s not a traditional dark, spiced ale. From their website: “An alternative to dark and heavy winter warmers and stouts, Winter White is a stylish and refreshing Wheat Ale. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley and wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices.”

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Day 8 of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 8: Saucy Brew Works Three Ho’s

And we welcome another new beer to the calendar! It’s also from a new Cleveland brewery, a Christmas miracle! From the can: “Twas two months before X-mas and all through the land, all the brewers were brewing using only two hands. Our friend Nic had a more ingenious scheme, brew with four hands for a batch that’s a dream. Red and delicious with a hint of cinnamon spice. Great if you’re naughty, even better if you’re nice.”

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