Beer Quotes & Wisdom

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline-it

helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear

weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. -- Frank Zappa

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dec. '12 Meeting Winter/Holiday/Spiced Beers

The magic Christmas room that appears once a year in the Barnhart's garage was filled to capacity for this year's December meeting.  16 attendees present with as many production beers and a few homebrews thrown in for good measure.

As people started rolling in, we started with a bottle of Scaldis Noel.  A 12% Belgian Dark Strong.  Something Larry had in his fridge for 2 years.
Mike opened a Bells Christmas Ale next at 5.4%.
Ron served up a Bad Elf, a 6% from Ridgeway Brewing.
Gary had a Christmas Ale from Peoples in Lafayette that rang in at 8.2%.
Jeff had another Belgian Dark Strong.  St. Bernardus Christmas Ale was a very nice 10%.  He followed that up with La Binchoise Reserve, a Belgian Strong at 9%.
Ron topped his Bad Elf with Seriously Bad Elf, again from Ridgeway that was also 9%.
Mark brought things back with a "lite" beer.  New Belgium's Snow Day that is only 6.2%.
Scott passed Dogfish Head's Pangaea around that measured 7%.
I'm beginning to lose track here, but either Cary or Brandon opened 3 Floyd's Alpha Klaus also 7%.
Larry popped the Jolly Pumpkin Special Ale that was a delightful 9% sour ale.
Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla Porter appeared from somewhere, another "lite" 6%er.
Mike still has, or had one of his & Jason's first ales, a Holiday Stout from 7 years ago.
Larry served up his IceCycle Winter Brrrrrew.
Back to the production beers.  Cary has Troeg's Mad Elf at 11%.
Things start to wind down with Bells 3rd Coast Old Ale & Bells Special Double Cream Stout, 10% & 6.1% respectively.  Both from Owen.
Scott had Dogfish Head's Black & Blue that somehow was totally missed in my notes.  A 10% Belgian Golden Ale.

WOW!  What a meeting.  And I don't even know how many meads & wines were down at the women's end of the table.  And then there was that special stuff Jeff K. brought in a mason jar.
I'm glad the food table was well stocked to help power through the evening.  Meatballs, guacamole & chips, cheeses and crackers filled the table.
All in all, a very good meeting.

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