Fall 2018 Drink These Now Brew News

Beers You Should be Drinking in December

Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum – DFH has been experimenting with tradition-bucking hop schedules for years. They’ve liberated a new truth by exclusively adding every single hop to this IPA after the boil is complete. MYTH: IBUs (hop bitterness) can only be achieved in the boil. TRUTH: three different hop additions, added in the whirlpool, make this beer truthfully hoppy without being deceptively bitter. Hazy, golden-orange in color, Liquid Truth Serum is hop forward with moderate bitterness & tropical fruit notes and a slight citrus zest finish.



Sierra Nevada Celebration – It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without the annual release of Sierra Nevada’s legendary Celebration. This popular beer was first introduced in the winter of 1981 and since then, it has become a welcome favorite on the holiday table. Each year, debates rage about the brewery’s choice of spices for this holiday beer. The unique spiced flavors of juniper, citrus rind, and cinnamon come from the dry-hopping with a blend of fresh whole-cone hops. Celebration Ale is also a versatile food beer, pairing well with many of the traditional holiday staples. Its full, creamy body and clean, moderately bitter finish cut through the rich flavors of turkey and sage stuffing, roasted honey ham, standing rib of beef and succulent Christmas gravy.

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe – Back by popular demand for a short time only, Double Simcoe IPA is a full-flavored ale with hints of pineapple and citrus up front, a good malt backbone in the middle and a clean finish.



Sly Fox Christmas Ale – If you’re looking for a festive brew to get the holiday spirit flowing, grab a can or a bottle of 2017’s Sly Fox Christmas Ale! The much-anticipated seasonal release delivers a flavorful combination of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice backed by caramel malt and holiday cheer. The collectible cans – with a handy gift tag included in the design – change annually and create joyous displays of seasonal color!

Ballast Point Victory at Sea – A big porter crafted to weather any storm, Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. This robust porter is infused with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.



21st Tales from the Kettle Series Not Your Cup of Tea – Every beer has a story to tell and the tale behind 21A’s Team Homebrew Competition is steeped in the passion of their crew to create unique and interesting beers. The brewery’s “Tales From the Kettle” series brings those stories to life. Team “Slainté to the Queen” is this year’s winner and they tell their tale through a one-of-a-kind, exceptional, Scottish-style ale brewed with black tea they call, “Not Your Cup of Tea.” Take in the inspiration and enjoy the taste of a great tale.

Heavy Seas 22 Anniversary Ale – To celebrate their 22nd anniversary, Heavy Seas created an exceptionally special, Belgian-style tripel aged in Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey barrels. Goldenrod in color with a dense head and creamy mouth feel, this robust, bold brew presents phenolic flavors of white pepper and peach skin from the warm fermentation, along with vanilla and subtle spiciness from the Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey barrel aging.



Allagash Hibernal Fluxus – Because “fluxus” is Latin for change, Allagash brews each year’s batch with a completely different recipe, making for a new beer every year. This year’s version harmoniously blends two different styles: a saison and a milk stout, making for a silky, dark beer with a hint of spice. In appearance, this beer is all stout. Its black body and brown foam are the result of a grain bill containing 2-row malted barley, multiple roasted malts, Munich malt and local oats from Aurora Mills and Farm. To notes of coffee and chocolate, the saison yeast adds mild, tropical fruit esters and a rustic spice. The addition of rich lactose sugar is tempered by the beer’s lightly bitter finish.

Spring House The Martians Kidnap Santa! – Spring House’s festive milk stout is rich and creamy with a spicy finish, reminiscent of a holiday elixir topped with cinnamon and nutmeg. Get ready for the in-laws with this sugary, whipped egg nog stout!

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