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Pairing Holiday Seasonal Beers with Christmas Movies

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It seems that beer pairs well with just about everything. Or at least we think it does. Beer & cheese, beer & pizza, beer & cookies and the list goes on. But what about beers that pair with your favorite holiday movies? Since Christmas is arguably the most wonderful time of the year for seasonal movies (minus maybe Halloween) why not find the perfect beer to compliment each viewing? Here’s our list of picks.

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Ithaca Beer Co. Embrrr with Die Hard

After kicking the crap out of robbers posing as terrorists, jumping off on a roof as it explodes all while smoking like a chimney and befriending Carl Winslow we think John Mclane would reach for something warming with a good amount of alcohol to make him forget his glass shredded feet. So while watching old Roy run through the paces we suggest reaching for an Ithaca Beer Co. Embrrr. We get touches of chocolate, roasted notes, hints of spice and a bracing bitter finish

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Vertical – 2006-2013

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As far as holiday beers go, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (an American IPA) is always a staple on the shelves that lets you know the year is winding down. It is also one of the earliest examples of an APA with production starting in 1981. This seasnoal favortie has had the same recipe since 1983! Celebration (labeld as a Fresh Hop Ale in recent years) is a Winter standard.

Here at BLC HQ (by da beach boooy!) we decided that we’d take a little trip down memory lane with good ‘ol Celebration. Through collecting and saving as well as some timely help from our buddy Bellport Dave, we managed to acquire a bottle of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from the past eight years (wow). Though technically a holiday brew, we waited until after all the Christmas craziness died down to sample this epic flight.

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Written by A+K

January 29th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (2012)

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BLC Says:
Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest clocks in at 6.7% ABV and is around $4-5 for a 24 ounce bottle. It has limited availability as it uses wet hops, but it was readily available at most beverage shops that carry craft beer. Since this was the first wet hopped beer commercially produced in America, it was only fitting that this was the first one we sampled (technically we sampled Southern Hemisphere first but who’s counting?). The beer pours a reddish-amber hue with a slightly off-white head. It leaves a ton of lacing that almost resembles snow on a window pane settling into a foam cap and ring which become your companion the entire time you are drinking the brew. The aroma resembles fresh cut grass with smokey, wood-like undertones. There are also bready, malty notes and a slight hint of citrus and fruit. Aspects of the aroma carry over to the taste, though the flavors are a bit milder than expected. It has a malty, bready, roasted quality and there is almost a chewy, sticky texture to the body. Hops, citrus and fruit also sparkle throughout the sip. Overall this is a well balanced beer that mixes both sweet and bitter flavors and leaves you with a hoppy, fruity aftertaste.

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Written by A+K

December 17th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (2012)

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BLC Says:
Although we tried Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale in the warmer months, this is in fact an autumn seasonal. Actually, it was among the first of the genre to hit the shelves in New York. If you are all pumpkin-ed out but still want your beer to reflect the season, this is a viable alternative. It pours a medium brown color with a rusty hue. The head is tan and it sticks around for awhile, leaving a web of lacing in its wake. It has a bright, fresh aroma with hints or roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Very faint spiced undertones float  in the background. This brown ale is medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel that helps deliver the rich flavors. There are elements of malt and caramel throughout the sip with a hint of maple. A subtle chocolate note is present along with a distinct roasted, almost smokey quality. A slight bitterness gives way to a dry finish that balances out the flavors. We would almost call this a “late fall” beer due to it’s departure from pumpkin elements and focus on warmer, heartier flavors.

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Written by A+K

November 27th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

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Sayonara Squash San aka Farewell to Pumpkin Beer

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Days are shorter, most trees have shed their leaves and pumpkin beers are in their twilight for the year…

Well, that was quick! Fall really is flying by. This years pumpkins have been carved, turkeys have been cooked and leftovers have been consumed. Christmas lights, trees and decorations are starting to pop up everywhere. Though it is still November, it seems fall is behind us and winter is about ready swoop in and cover us in blankets of snow. With winter comes a whole new offering of seasonal brews, but it does sadly mean that it is time to close the door on pumpkin beers (for this year, anyway). Over the past couple of weeks bars and brewpubs have been tapping their final kegs of pumpkin ale, making way for the post-Thanksgiving season of darker, rich, warming, winter and holiday focused beers.

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