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It’s (Halfway to) the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Today is June 25th 2014. That means we are only six months away from what is the best day of the year, Christmas. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it’s hard to argue the true meaning that has developed around the holiday: caring for family and friends. Definitely something we can all get behind. Well, all the caring and of course the cookies, presents, movies, memories and drinks at least, no? Here at BLC we fully embrace the holiday (to the max) and have decided to unleash a fraction of the holiday spirit jammed within our very souls onto the internet today. You are all welcome. keep reading...

Written by A+K

June 25th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Fantôme de Noël – Brasserie Fantôme (No Bottling Date)

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BLC Says:
Brasserie Fantôme Fantôme de Noël is the Christmas saison from this Belgian brewery. It comes in a 750 ml bottle that is capped and corked with interesting label artwork featuring a ghost drinking a beer, Christmas tree and ornaments. We give them credit for getting more than one holiday involved and having their ghostly mascot drinking out of a tulip-like glass.

This saison emerges from the bottle bearing a hazy rust hue with mild visible carbonation. The foamy head is a cream white color and lasts for good amount of time. Eventually the head does settle into a light cap with clumpy lacing, but the brew easily comes alive after each sip or swirl. The aroma is a mingling of sweet, tart and funk along with some hay and a base of crisp malt. There is an underlying fruity, bright quality with a bit of Belgian yeast making an appearance as well. Fantôme de Nöel tastes tart and slightly lactic with refreshing fruit (apple and pear) in the background. Tiny tingling carbonation zips across the tongue and this brew feels light with a bit of weight to it. Notes of hay and malt echo in the finish. For a 10% abv beer this has surprisingly little alcohol presence in it and seems like it would be extremely easy to overindulge in. We suggest being careful or the Fantôme of drinking past may sneak up on you. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Beer Loves Company 12 Days of Christmas (in 6 Days)!

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12 days

Well, that’s it everyone. Santa came and went, the ball dropped and here we sit in 2013 with no major holidays on the horizon. Early January is really nothing to sing or carol about. It is kind of a cold, wintery, downer…or so we thought. Turns out the 12 Days of Christmas actually begin AFTER Christmas and go right through January 6 or 7 (depending on which version you follow). The Christmas carol which gave birth to this tradition was first published in England in 1780, though it is believed to have originated in France years prior (’tis the Saison anyone?). Here at BLC, we are improvising a bit and starting on January 3, one of the more uneventful days of the year. Oh, and we will be replacing the “true love gifts” (which are essentially all birds) with delicious craft beers. Two per day, to be exact. Think of it as 12 Days of Christmas with tasty liquid treats replacing the (insane) gifts of birds condensed and presented in the usual, cheerful BLC manner. So check back tomorrow for the beginning of our “Twelve Beers of Christmas (in Six Days)”. It will be a wonderful mix of seasonal and rarer brews we have been enjoying over the holidays. Here is a sneak peek at one of the brews that will be featured.
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Written by A+K

January 2nd, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Happy Holidays!

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Hoping all your wishes come true. Have a great holiday with family and friends everyone!

Written by A+K

December 25th, 2012 at 11:50 am