Ho Ho Ho! Tis the season to be jolly and whatever else are you suppose to be during the holidays while you are forced to bear your family’s company. You know what I am talking about too. We all have those relatives that have to be invited to Christmas dinner because they are your mothers 3rd cousin 4 times removed but you can’t remember them in childhood like they claim to remember you while telling horrid family stories at the dinner table. And you can’t remember their name and they keep saying yours wrong. Or those in-laws you just wish would actually disappear because of their own unique set of troubled issues including everything from anger to drugs. So how exactly are we to keep up the jolly during this hard time of year you ask? Fear not because this months beer of the month is actually four fabulous beers with perfectly high alcohol content that I am going to highlight because nothing helps you keep your sanity better than a little holiday boozing. Or if your one of those angry drunks then at the very least you will be able to deal with whoever is on your shit list this holiday season and tolerate them until vacation time is over. Cheers and Enjoy.
Founders Breakfast Stout
In the month of October toward the end of the month, where the weather here on the North East coast should be getting chillier by the day I noticed a stout beer in a new-found NY Irish/Mexican pub/grill by one of my favorite brewers, Founders. It’s got lots of coffee, chocolate and oat flavors and is definitely ok to drink for breakfast, lunch or dinner.Not so thankfully it’s served only in the Autumn and at 8.3% ABV it is a hardy dark beer brewed in Grand rapids, Michigan. On a hop scale you’ll probably hop right off of you seat and it’s the slight smokey taste that makes for a good autumn brew to enjoy or you can grab one during the holiday season and you will be buzzed after two and therefore able to tolerate your grandmothers constant loud dentures chewing. 🙂
SingleCut Half Stack IPA
Apparently having been MIA this beer is returned to us in August late in the summer this past year. In my quest for all brews which are fabulous you can imagine my delight to have tasted this one on draught. Lighter than I originally assumed it might be this Queens based brewery Singlecut, barely out of diapers brings us an extremely complex and grown up beer. This rock and roll inspired brewery located in Astoria Queens, NY boast a Full Stack IPA which may or may not be the father of said “Half Stack” in which I speak of. At 6.6 % ABV It’s light and citrus-y aroma was a pleasant beginning. I’d describe it as medium bodied and a great intro to the grapefruit and other citric hops you might not find in other IPA’s.
Dos Equis Amber Ale
Served all year round I noticed this beer, described as a Vienna lager, which means its named for it’s originating city. It’s brewed using a 3 step decoction boiling process. At 4.70 % ABV it’s a fairly light beer in flavor and taste despite both color and name. So if this is to be your holiday drink of choice perhaps making sure an entire six-pack is hidden well for yourself in the back of the fridge. Put them behind like a fruit cake or something, no one ever eats those so your beer will be safe. Dos Equis Amber Ale is a fine enough beer to sip at a medium pace and perhaps then move on to whatever liquor or cocktail is your favorite.
3-step Decoction Process
So in case you were wondering as I was what exactly this decoction process is I shall tell you. It is a part of the mashing process that involves boiling the grains and then returning them to the mash thus raising the temperature. This occurs several times, three times in fact. It’s common practice in German and Central European breweries. Originally it was a process used out of necessity due the lack of thermometers, they hadn’t invented yet. However it is still used today because it creates a unique malty flavor within the beer.
This is a deliciously aged brew made up of Vienna and German malts and whole flower German hops. At a reasonable ABV of 5.6 % this fiestbier is found to be medium to full-bodied I think and leaves a really yummy malt flavor on the tongue. I also think the picture on the bottle is super cute and inviting . It’s unfortunately available only during the Autumn season but well worth the wait when you take your first sip and get some surprising that rests on your taste buds. So if your like me and love to be prepared you will have bought your Victory months ago and saved it for those weird family encounters where people don’t respond when you speak to them are unnaturally angry all the time. Victory makes us all victorious during the holidays no matter where you are. 🙂
I hope my this months Beer Highlights were enlightening, exciting and helpful all at the same time. Life is made up of a collection of all the very small things that so many people miss every day so have a happy holiday and enjoy the tiny joys because they will add up to a beautiful life.
Pour it up!!!!