Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Poll: What Winter Beer should I get?

Winter blew in last night. Or at least what passes for winter in Texas. Temps almost at freezing, a light dusting of snow and ice. It'll get up to about 50. So later today, I'm heading over to Grape Vine Market or Spec's and looking for something to warm my soul.

Help me decide: What should I get? I've had lots of Shiner Holiday Cheer, and still have a few left in my fridge, so let's leave that out.

Leave your votes in the comments section.

(EDIT: Oops, it occurs to me that I still have plenty of Boulevard Nutcracker out in my fridge also, so suppose I don't really need to go beer-shopping. But on the other hand, I need to deposit a check and my bank is only a few doors down from Grape Vine …)

27 comments:

Muddy Mo said...

Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A from HE'BREW

marshall said...

Jubelale from Deschutes. Heavenly and its available at Grapevine--haven't seen it at Specs.

assurbanipaul said...

A case of Celebration and a bottle of Scaldis Noël.

Machuca said...

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale
http://www.merchantduvin.com/pages/5_breweries/samsmith_winter_welcome.html

War Horse said...

I know there are a ton of great Winter import beers, but perhaps you should give a Texas brewer a shot, perhaps Real Ale or St. Arnold.

Bill said...

I second the motions for Deschutes Jubel and Scaldis Noel. I'm glad to hear you can now get Jubel in Austin; it's been our Christmas tradition since moving out here.

You get a lot of Widmer out there, did "Brrr" (silly name) make it out there? I've been enjoying that, it's a hoppy red along the lines of Celebration.

Lee said...

War Horse: To my knowledge, Real Ale doesn't have a holiday brew, unless you count Sisyphus, which is a bit more expensive than I was thinking. But yes, St. Arnold Christmas is always high on my list.

Bill: Yes, I've had some Brr over at Bobnoxious' house, and it was great.

Lee said...

Muddy: Good thing I said "winter" beer and not "Christmas" beer. :-)

Michael said...

I second the celebration ale but consider Delirium Tremens Noel ale.

Lee said...

UPDATE: Since the Jubelale and Scaldis were the first to receive seconds, I went for the Jubelale (couldn't find the Scaldis at Grape Vine). It was terrific! Just finished my second one.

Bill said...

Hooray! I meant to break out a 2003 Jubel for you to try last summer, but I forgot. Remind me next time you're here.

Speaking of Deschutes, did you guys get Abyss in Austin?

Lee said...

Abyss? Not sure.

Damn, this Jubelale is fine. I'm on my third. *hic*

marshall said...

I haven't been able to keep a 6-pack of the Jubelale in my fridge for longer than two days! You can also snag it at CM Central and at Junior's.

I've been searching half-heartedly--since I found Jubelale--for the Samuel Smith Winter Welcome, but haven't seen it in Austin. Anyone find it here?

Lee said...

Marshall, I've never had any trouble finding it here, although I haven't looked this year. Previous winters I have bought it at Grape Vine and the Fresh Plus at 43rd and Duval.

Steve said...

I'm a big fan of New Belgium's 2 Below.. I'd drink it year-round!

Gabriel said...

Full Sail Wassail!

Malty, dark and roasted, and nicely hopped. It's my favorite seasonal beer.

I'm still waiting for it to show up here in S. Texas though...

Lee said...

Yeah, Full Sail Wassail is awesome. I had a bunch last year. Walking into Grape Vine or Spec's these days just paralyzes me with indecision. Maybe I should just grab the first beer I see and immediately walk out.

Well, not immediately — I guess I'd have to pay for it first.

Lance said...

I second Machuca's Sam Smith's Winter Welcome recommendation. Also, Anchor Steam's Christmas ale is great this year.

Lee said...

Yeah, I've had tons of Winter Welcome, but y'all are right, it's great. As for the Anchor Steam, I'm unlikely to try it except for a sip at Bobnoxious' xmas beer tasting just to confirm that, yet again, I do not like it. I know I'm out of step with pretty much the entire world on this, but I have never liked the Anchor Christmas offering.

Bob Knoxious said...

All of the above have been procured for the Bobnoxious Christmas Beer tasting! Except I haven't found a Scaldis Noel (or a Lenny's R.I.P.A I don't think they distribute to Austin). Anyone know where to find one in Austin?

Plus my favorites: Santa's Butt, Bad Elf, and Criminally Bad Elf.

keathmilligan said...

I'll second Steve on New Belgium's 2 Below -- good stuff.

Lee said...

My company's holiday party tonight featured a keg of Two Below. That was a nice, unexpected surprise. And now I'm kicking back with a mug of the Samuel Smith's.

The American Don said...

I would say run and get the Santa Private Reserve by Rogue if you like the IPA style. For stuff that's found in Texas, I would say St. Arnolds Christmas or better yet, pick up the Sam Adams Winter Beer variety pack. That Cranberry Lambic is not to be f8cked with.

josh said...

I know I'm late to the party on this, but Avery (Boulder, CO) does an Old Jubilation Ale that is wonderful. Not sure if it's available in Austin. Pyramid's Snow Cap is very nice too.

Looks like you've got some drinking to do...

Lee said...

Yeah, Old Jubilation and Snowcap are both high on my list of cold-weather favorites.

Anonymous said...

I brew my our Christmas Ale at a local do-it-yourself microbrewery and love your Santa picture. Where can I get a higher resolution one for my label?

Lee said...

Anon: sorry, I made this post so long ago that I can't remember where I got that image.