Day 21: of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 21: Deschutes Brewery Jubelale 

Deschutes produces some of our favorite beers, especially their IPAs and Stouts. This beer has been on our list the last two years and probably will continue to be because it’s just so good. From the website: Warm spiciness and tradition grace this bold, complex winter ale. The deep garnet color pairs perfectly with holiday celebrations. To celebrate the 30th bottling, for the first time ever, this year’s packaging features not one, but a series of custom snowflake themed illustrations.

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Day 20: of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 20: Clown Shoes Reindeer Games

One of the first craft beers that Broad fell in love with was Muffin Top from Clown Shoes so this brewery holds a special place in our hearts. We don’t usually think to look at this brewery for special seasonal ales but we’re excited to try this one. Plus, the can is amazing. There isn’t a description on the website or really on the can besides it being a Bavarian style IPA, which leads us to believe it’s an IPA brewed exclusively with Bavarian, or German, noble hops.

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Day 19: of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 19:  Southern Tier Brewing Co. 2XMAS Spiced Double Ale

It’s not surprising that we have two beers from Southern Tier on the list this year, it seems like they always have so many different ones out! From the website: 2XMAS ale combines traditional brewing ingredients with figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root. It’s a holiday addition to the 2X line and another reason to toast to the season, but unlike Glögg, we recommend serving this one chilled.”

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Day 18: of the 3rd Annual Advent-ure Calendar

Day 18: Uinta Brewing Rise & Pine

Uinta Brewing is based in Salt Lake City, UT. They produce some really solid beers, and if you like sours we suggest checking out their Birthday Suit series that they release for their anniversary every year. Sours aside, we’ve never really had a bad beer from them, so we were excited to try this one. From the website: “Juniper and piney hops build the framework for this bold dark ale. With its assertive bitterness and smooth malt finish, this beer stands tall above the rest.”

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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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