By William Brand
Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 at 12:15 pm in Uncategorized.
Don Russell, who writes the Joe Sixpack column in the Philadelphia Daily News, and whose latest book is Wishing You A Merry Christmas Beer, picks his top 10 Christmas beers today on NPR. Follow this link and click on “listen” to hear the interview. And it’s Christmas Eve, need a book for yourself – buy his book. It’s absolutely excellent
Here’s Don’s top 10:
- Smuttynose Winter Ale (New Hampshire), a sweet dark beer with notes of cherry and chocolate. Pair with snapper soup.
- Stille Nacht (Belgium), a sweet, very strong pale ale. Pair with a washed-rind cheese such as Limburger.
- Troegs Mad Elf (Pennsylvania), a strong dark ale brewed with cherries and honey. Pair with bacon quiche.
- Mahr’s Christmas Bock (Germany), a classic, malty Bavarian bock. Pair with a sausage plate.
- Anchor Our Special Ale (California), a spiced winter warmer with a spruce aroma. Pair with cranberry salad.
- Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome (England), a classic unspiced winter warmer with mellow roasted malt. Pair with roasted turkey.
- Anderson Valley Winter Solstice (California), a spiced winter warmer with warming vanilla notes. Pair with pumpkin pie.
- Baladin Noel (Italy), a Belgian-style strong dark ale with a vibrant, spicy yeast character. Pair with those red-and-green-wrapped Hershey kisses.
- Samichlaus (Austria), a smooth, brandylike triple bock. Pair with a cigar next to the fireplace.
- Gouden Carolus Noel (Belgium), a strong dark ale spiced with herbs. Pair with salted pecans.