Oddbits…Beer, chocolate at EJ Phair, Christmas specials at The Trappist, Oakland, Brewpub founder to become U.S. Senator? Favorite holiday beers
By William Brand
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 at 3:07 pm in Uncategorized.
There is no reason to post this photo, except it’s so absolutely stupid that I thought, why not? Can you imagine the work this took? Find more here.
Events: It’s not too late to reserve a seat Wednesday night at EJ Phair’s Alehouse, Todos Santos Square, Concord (CA.) for a beer and chocolate pairing:
- Sweet and Savory Beer and Chocolate Tasting – 7 p.m. We will be pairing four tasty winter brews with four different chocolate creations. Our Chef Brian Hampton and JJ Phair will be hosting this event $25. $20, Mug Club Members. Reservations: 925-691-4253
Beer here…The Trappist, 460 9th St. in downtown Oakland is offering a number of holiday beers for sale. They also have De Struise Tsjeeses on tap, $10 a glass. They apologize, but the beer is incredibly expensive.
Beer for sale that can’t be found most places includes, Fantôme d’Hiver 8% ABV $24, De Proef Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap 7.4% ABV 33cl $8., Struise Tsjeeses 10% ABV 33cl $10, Bink Winter King 8.3% ABV 33cl $10
- Exclusive Draft: We have one keg of: Strubbe Keyte Oosténdse Dobbel-Tripel 9.2% ABV 25cl $6. We don’t think anyone else has this awesome beer. Special Thanks to Dave Manzo at Manzo Beer & Ale for getting this to us. It has been described as ” a poor mans westy 12″ and “like an angel pissing on your tounge” (not my quotes)
Stumbling onward…A poster to this blog asks – if Jolly Pumpkin / Nøgne-Ø / Stone Special Holiday Ale, is available in the Bay Area yet? The beer’s a collaboration between Jolly Pumpkin and Stone. Stone’s Dave Hopwood says: “The short answer is…not yet.”
- I’ve been told there will be 60 cases of it for my distributor that handles the East Bay (Contra Costa and Alameda Counties) and another 60 cases for my distributor that handles the other side (San Francisco, Marin, Napa and Sonoma Counties). The problem is they have both recently received huge loads of beer so they may not have a truck again for a few weeks. Once they put in new orders and those trucks ship, the Jolly Pumpkin / Nøgne-Ø / Stone Special Holiday Ale will be on them.
Jack Curtin, the Philadelphia beer blogger has lots of news today. For instance, he notes that Wynkoop Brewing founder and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, may be in line to become a United States Senator succeeding Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, whom Barack Obama has named as his Secretary of the Interior…
- The excellent political site FiveThirtyEight.com looks at five prospects this morning and has this to say about one who will be familiar to most of you: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Extremely popular in Denver. Has an interesting and salable background, with credentials ranging from geology to business development. Generally seems to be liberal, particularly on environmental issues, although he bought himself some credibility with moderates by opposing Denver’s marijuana decriminalization initiative (which passed anyway). Arguably the most upside of anyone on this list; however, there isn’t that much history of mayors of large cities transitioning into the Senate, as the two positions require fairly different skill set.
Jack also notes that InBev has been shot down by the European Community courts in its effort to market Budweiser in Europe as “Bud”. (They should try Budsucks.)
And finally, a commenter to the blog asks which are my favorite Christmas beers so far….Hmmm.
1. Brrr, Widmer Brothers: spicy, well-balanced.
2. Samichlaus Helles, giant sweetness.
3. Doggie Claws, Hair of the Dog, ditto.
4. Petrus Winter Ale, Brewery Bavik, Belgium, (barrel aged and mildy sour)
5. Gouden Carolus Noel, Brewery Het Anker, Belgium, big, malty, spicy, strong.
6. Malheur 12, Brewery Maheur, Belgium. intoxicating nose, sweet with great complexity, licorce, chocolate, raisins.
So what’s your fave? Let’s build a list (and go shopping).