By William Brand
Monday, December 17th, 2007 at 5:33 pm in Uncategorized.
Gift ideas? Here’s what I found in a walk-through of a large Beverages and More store in Walnut Creek, CA.
Unibroue Gift Pack, $16.99: Two bottles each Maudite, a dark 8 percenter, La Fin Du Monde, 9 percent. Plus 1 bottle Ephemere, a 5.5 percent wheat ale; 1 bottle Trois Pistoles, 9 percent; 1 bottle Don De Dieu, 9 percent and 1 bottle Blanche De Chambly, 5 percent wit or white ale.
Don’t want to give that much beer? My recommendation, one 750 ml bottle of Unibroue Terrible, 10.5 percent, $7.99 or Unibroue 16, 10 percent, $9. Both come in elegant silk-screened bottles.
Half Yard of Ale Glass, made by Libbey, $14.99, holds 23 oz., comes with a wooden holder. This is the little brother of the Yard Glass, which I haven’t been able to find this year. Still an unusual present.
Christmas in Belgium Gift Pack, $19.99, includes 12 oz. or 11.2 oz. bottles of Pere Noel, Zinnebir X-mas, Serafijn Christmas Angel, Winterkininkske, and Kerstmutske. This most unusual gift pack comes from Shelton Brothers, Belchertown, MA. The only one I’ve tried is Pere Noel, which Tim Webb in his authoritative Good Beer Guide to Belgium describes as a “heavily sedimented, dark, bitter ale.” He gives it ***1/2 and I agree. Basically, anything fromt the Shelton Brothers is sure to be unusual and very drinkable.
Duvel Gift Pack, $15.99. Comes with four 11.2 oz. bottles of Duvel and the specially designed tuilip shaped Duvel glass. Highly reocommended.
Anheuser-Busch Michbelob Celebrate Christmas Pack; two 24 oz. bottles of Celebrate Chocolate and Celebrate Cherry, plus a glass. $24.99. Yes, it’s from A-B, but believe me these two are excellent. Both are 8.5 percent and all barley, no rice. There’s also a Budweiser Brewmaster’s Reserve, $21.99, big bottle and two glasses. For Bud lovers only.