Pacific Coast Brewing, 906 Washington St., Oakland, CA.
The 19th annual Christmas Beer Tasting this afternoon at Pacific Coast Brewing in Oakland, CA. is sold out. It’s a great deal and a fun time. But for those of us who can’t make it, here’s the official list what’s being tasted today from brewmaster Don Gortemiller:
Anchor Christmas Ale 2007: Spiced brown ale from the world famous Anchor Brewing Co. of San Francisco. Anchor may be credited with inventing the bottled spiced Holiday Ale
Winter Warmer (English Strong Ale)
Paul’s Leg Warmer: Paul’s entry in this years Holiday Tasting, is brewed in the English Winter Warmer Style. This 7.9% ABV Brown Ale is brewed using several special caramelized malts and some vintage Perle (2005) hops. Unusual amongst our beers, this ale was fermented in French Oak. Strong, malty and warming with great drinkability.
Avery Old Jubilation: Avery Brewing’s winter strong ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 2 years.
Strong Winter Warmer (English Strong Ale)
He’brew Monumental Jewbelation 2006: This giant of a beer is 10% ABV, brewed with 10 grains and 10 different hops. Strong, smooth and complex. Aged in 2 different bourbon barrels , the Parabola is am Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Think dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and lots of hops. 13% ABV!
Drake’s Jolly Roger 2007: Brewed as a English Old Ale, 10% ABV, this beer has the strength of a barleywine with the flavor accentuating the malt! Strong, warming and extremely malty!
IPA / Double IPA / Experimental IPA
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (2007): The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home. Dry-hopped with cascade, centennial and chinook hops. 6.8% ABV
Mendocino Imperial IPA: This Limited Edition Imperial IPA has been delicately crafted for those crisp cool days when the skies are resplendent and the air glistens with the slow fall of a million flakes, when nature gets ready to turn her thermostat way down and your desire for something warm and enthusing is almost a primal urge. Mendocino’s robust, full bodied IPA is brewed with massive amounts of hops and paired with a rich blend of luscious malts. The result is a perfect balance of heady hop flavor and aroma. At 7.5% Alc. By Vol. this India Pale Ale is the perfect winter seasonal!
Lagunitas Hop Stupid: The guys at Lagunitas have not been sitting around doing nothing, they decided to see what would happen if you brewed a beer using only pale malt and hop extracts! They tell me is kind of like a double IPA with 9000 IBU. You may find your teeth will never need whitening again! 8.3% ABV
Pacific Coast # 19 Anniversary / Holiday Abbey Style Ale: To celebrate out 19 Anniversary and the Holiday season, we bring you a brownish Abbey style ale. At 9.1% ABV, this beer is deceptively strong. Think of the Triple Whale Ale with some dried fruit and dark malt character.
Gulden Carolus Noel: For the Christmas and New Year festivities the Gouden Carolus range is now extended to include this seriously heavy strong brown ale. 10.5% ABV
Firestone Wallker Parabola Imperial Chocolate Stout: Aged in 2 different bourbon barrels , the Parabola is am Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Think dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and lots of hops. 13% ABV!
North Coast Old Stock Ale 2005: It’s brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so it’s a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coast’s Old Stock Ale is intended to be laid down. With an original gravity of over 1100 and a generous hopping rate, Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round-out and mellow with age. For maximum enjoyment do not serve this beer cold. To fully appreciate the complex flavors we recommend serving Old Stock Ale at room temperature. 11.4% ABV!
Samichlaus Bier 2006: “Samichlaus” beer is brewed once a year, in each case on December 6th, and stored and matured afterwards for over 10 months before it is bottled. “Samichlaus” beer can mature for many years in the bottle; older vintages obtain a complexity and receive their creamy warm aftertaste. This beer can be served with heavy meals and desserts, particularly with chocolate – or as digestive and meditations drink. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it is the strongest lager beer in the world with 14 % alcohol and 32° original extract content. It is brewed exclusively of natural raw ingredients after the purity requirement of 1516.
Don also was able to find the beers they tasted at the 1991 Holiday Tasting.
A Tasting of Holiday Beers 1991
1. SAN ANDREAS CRANBERRY NOEL
2. ANCHOR SPECIAL CHRISTMAS ALE
3. SEABRIGHT RED NOSE ALE
4. ANDERSON VALLEY WINTER SOLSTICE ALE
5. KELMER’S KRIS KRINGLE STOUT
6. DEVIL MOUNTAIN RUDOLF’S RAGIN RED ALE
7. ST. STAN’S FEST BEER
8. SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE
9. LIND JOLLY ROGER STRONG ALE
10. PACIFIC COAST HOLIDAY STRONG ALE
11. RUBICON WINTER WHEAT WINE
12. ROGUE OLD CRUSTACEAN BARLEYWINE