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#1591 dmaul1114

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:59 PM

Only new things of note I've had lately are Green Flash Symposium was was awesome (earthy, super hoppy IPA) and Brooklyn Oktoberfest which was alright.  Had both in growler.

 

Otherwise just a bunch of the usuals--Stone IPA, Dale's Pale Ale, Sam Adams Octoberfest and Boston Lager, Bell's Amber Ale etc., and some seasonal favorites like Dogfish Head Punkin and Southern Tier Pumpking.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 10:21 PM

Also, grabbed some good stuff today. Gumballhead and Zombie Dust are in the vault, and I grabbed a Sierra Nevada variety pack. Came with their IPA, their Black IPA and their Imperial Red Ale. The Red Ale is delicious so far. I'd recommend it to anybody who likes Sierra Nevada.

Man, Id be really nice if 3Floyds was available here in Jersey. I was able to finally get my hands on a bottle of Zombie Dust though and it was quite good. That Sierra Nevada Beer Camp set is really good. Loved the red ale and the black ipa

 

Had the Founders Mango Magnifico the other day. Really good. had a really up front spiciness to it with a little sweetness as well. Gonna crack open the Latest Stone Enjoy By after dinner tonight. .


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 02:33 AM

Four Loko x2 time! WoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo!


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 04:12 AM

Wow not even one Four Loko down and damn. Feels good to be a lightweight hahaha

 

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:28 PM

Long time no see - I just haven't been frequenting CAG as much since the changeover.

 

Usuals for me too - Sam Adams Oktoberfest case we picked up at Costco just doesn't do it for me this year though for some reason. Having a get together this Sat. though so that'll help knock it out! Maybe it's all the bourbon I've been drinking lately instead. I did have a nice Founders Doom a couple weeks ago - didn't think I'd like it at first but it turned out to be great with a cigar.

 

Got some Pete's Wicked clone bottled and nothing fermenting at the moment. Been busy with travel and events and such but hopefully we can get something brewing this Sunday - me and my wife talked about just getting a brown kit and turning it in to a pumpkin ale - or trying at least. Hell I haven't even had a pumpkin beer yet this year - need to pick up *something* pumpkin - and pull out that  2012 Pumpking from the stash - there may even be a Punkin' stashed somewhere too.

 

Oh yeah - we had a huge Stone Brewing week long event throughout our state when they finally began being distributed here (AL) and it was nice - there were folks from the brewery and various reps. I went to an event at a Piggly Wiggly - mainly because they were sampling Vertical Epic 06 and 12 among their various year round and some season selections (nice cheese platter too! ;) ) Went in to pick up something and behold! one of the reps was pulling 06 Vertical Epics out of a box. I said "Are those for sale?" he said "Yep - we have a case of each (06 and 12)." Needless to say, I was excited - when can you walk in to a store and pick up a 7 year old beer for 9.49?!? I got a 12 too - my wife loved that xmas spice thing they had going with the 12.


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 09:15 PM

Take the black is to be shipping this month.  It is the second of the Game of Thrones beers.  Has anyone seen it on shelves yet?


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:17 PM

I couldn't be happier. Walking down the beer isle at Publix and I spot Fat Tire. It used to be unavailible down here in Florida. I got a couple 6 packs right away. It's still as good as I remember it. I don't think I'll be buying much of anything else from now on.

 

Also started drinking Narragansett. It's cheap beer but tasty. A friend told me it's the beer Quint was drinking in Jaws. Kinda cool.



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 02:31 PM

Take the black is to be shipping this month.  It is the second of the Game of Thrones beers.  Has anyone seen it on shelves yet?

Supposed to hit Denver next week according to my buddy.  So anytime I guess?  I'm having him grab me a bottle to go with my Blonde.  I think I am going to cellar every release until they are done then have a tasting of every single one with some of my craft drinking friends. :D

 

On a side note getting some more harder to find beers next week.  Pliny The Elder (it will be my 2nd time having this wonderful wonderful beer), 2 bottles of Rumpkin from Avery (very excited to finally get my hands on this) and a bottle of Evil Twin Biscotti Break.  :D  It is definitely porter and stout season for me (we got our first snowfall for the fall/winter just yesterday).  Also on my last trip to Denver I picked up:

 

Avery Momi Hiwa (Barrel Aged Coconut Porter) *This was a trade with my buddy since this is long gone. ;)

 

Avery Uncle Jacobs Stout

 

New Belgium Lips of Faith Coconut Curry Hefe - I had this on tap in August at NB, very different and it exceeded any and all expectations for me.  Not much of a coconut taste on the palate but the spice of the curry made this a very different wheat beer.

 

New Belgium Lips of Faith Yuzu - This one is a sour and pretty basic in terms of that style. 

 

New Belgium Le Terroir - Dry Hopped Sour.  I've recently become more intrigued with this style and supposedly this is one of the best ones out there.  They don't brew this very often so it is fairly uncommon.

 

Bruery Batch 1000 Bryeian - My buddy from college actually brewed this one.  He and his co-brewer won a contest and got flown out to The Bruery in Orange County and made this beer.  It is pretty damn amazing.  IMG_5633.jpg

 

More info on the beer here: http://www.thebruery.com/batch1000/

 

Anyways it is essentially a Dark Rye IPA but since the Bruery doesn't really do hoppy beers and my buddy snuck one in on them, they classify it is as a Hoppy Rye Ale.  Tomato To mato

 

On the tasting front I recently tried:

 

Avery Dugana - IPA in a 22oz bomber.  This was quite the treat.  I normally get their IIPA (Maharajah) but I think I have been converted.  This was just delicious and will be my go to IPA for a while.  Too bad it is a once a year release rather than a year round one.  Guess I have to hoard it. ;)

 

Avery's Beast Grand Cru - A monster at 18%.  I was not properly prepared and gravely underestimated this beer.  Drinks a lot like a whiskey in my opinion.  Got a raisin and date flavor with a lot of alcohol taste.  I had to split the 12oz bottle because drinking the whole thing would have given me bad heartburn :razz:

 

New Belgium Trip XVII - This is a collabo with Elysian out of Seattle.  I assume it is only released in Seattle and Fort Collins.  This one was a Segal Ranch Cascade Rye IPA.  It was not what I was expecting.  That is a good thing though.  This one wasn't really citrusy but more earthy and a tiny bit spicy.  I rather enjoyed this, too bad the trip series are all limited and I probably won't get my hands on another bottle.  :(

 

I have poker night tomorrow with a few of my buddies so I don't know what I am going to bust out of the cellar to try...  Probably a stout or porter though :D


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:30 PM

Looks like Ommegang Take The Black Stout (the GoT Beer) just hit Denver yesterday and today just in time for GABF so it should be starting to hit shelves in other parts of the country.

 

Speaking of GABF is anyone going?  I regrettably cannot go due to being in charge at our business while my parents are on vacation.  :cry:


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#1600 dmaul1114

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 02:00 PM

Lucked into Ommegang Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout on tap yesterday. Pretty damn good.

Also had the New Belgium Lips of Faith Coconut Curry Hefeweizen the other day. Better than it sounds, but still not my cup of tea.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 04:12 PM

I had Stone's Enjoy by 11.12.13 (Double IPA) last Friday. Pretty damn tasty. I've got one more bomber for myself and one more for a friend.

Also, I've been meaning to ask, would any CAGs be interested in doing some beer trading? I figured since we're so spread out, it's a perfect way for us all to try beers from around the country. I've got a couple of bombers of Dreadnaught ready to go. :)

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:32 PM

I had Stone's Enjoy by 11.12.13 (Double IPA) last Friday. Pretty damn tasty. I've got one more bomber for myself and one more for a friend.

Also, I've been meaning to ask, would any CAGs be interested in doing some beer trading? I figured since we're so spread out, it's a perfect way for us all to try beers from around the country. I've got a couple of bombers of Dreadnaught ready to go. :)

Oh man Dreadnaught?  Nice!  Any chance you have any Dark Lord?  Or access to any?  ;)

 

I'm dying to try some of Three Floyds' Beers.  I'm able to get some Odell's Bombers if you are interested and have a few of Avery's Barrel Aged Series as well.  :D  Also should be getting my hands on some Goose Island Lolita (Raspberry Sour) this week :)

 

I will also be hitting up Denver in 2 weeks and will be doing lots of beer shopping,  My buddy has gotten me the following so far:  Evil Twin Biscotti Break (Very Excited to try this), Pliny The Elder, Avery Rumpkin, Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life & Limb 2 and a couple others he won't tell me what they are.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:29 PM

Oh man Dreadnaught?  Nice!  Any chance you have any Dark Lord?  Or access to any?  ;)
 
I'm dying to try some of Three Floyds' Beers.  I'm able to get some Odell's Bombers if you are interested and have a few of Avery's Barrel Aged Series as well.  :D  Also should be getting my hands on some Goose Island Lolita (Raspberry Sour) this week :)
 
I will also be hitting up Denver in 2 weeks and will be doing lots of beer shopping,  My buddy has gotten me the following so far:  Evil Twin Biscotti Break (Very Excited to try this), Pliny The Elder, Avery Rumpkin, Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life & Limb 2 and a couple others he won't tell me what they are.


Dark Lord? Ha, I wish! :) I'm going to try to get tickets for Dark Lord Day next year, but I hear that it's no easy task. But I do have some of their other stuff. Currently in the cellar: Deesko, Calumet Queen, Blackbeard, Broo Doo and Munsterfest. Dreadnaught I can get any time. Same with Pride and Joy, Jinx Proof and Robert the Bruce. Zombie Dust and Gumballhead are hard to get, but not impossible.

And I wouldn't be opposed to any Odells beers. The guy at work would love me for it. Not a fan of the Lolita though. We get a lot of Goose Island here in Indy (plus I'm from Chicago), and I love most of their beers, but the Lolita just wasn't for me. Now the Sophie... that's some good stuff.

Let me know if you'd be interested in making some trades. I know packing/shipping can be a pain, but they do make special boxes/packaging to make it easier. I'll swing by the liquor store later tonight and see what goodies they have. :)

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:36 PM

Dark Lord? Ha, I wish! :) I'm going to try to get tickets for Dark Lord Day next year, but I hear that it's no easy task. But I do have some of their other stuff. Currently in the cellar: Deesko, Calumet Queen, Blackbeard, Broo Doo and Munsterfest. Dreadnaught I can get any time. Same with Pride and Joy, Jinx Proof and Robert the Bruce. Zombie Dust and Gumballhead are hard to get, but not impossible.

And I wouldn't be opposed to any Odells beers. The guy at work would love me for it. Not a fan of the Lolita though. We get a lot of Goose Island here in Indy (plus I'm from Chicago), and I love most of their beers, but the Lolita just wasn't for me. Now the Sophie... that's some good stuff.

Let me know if you'd be interested in making some trades. I know packing/shipping can be a pain, but they do make special boxes/packaging to make it easier. I'll swing by the liquor store later tonight and see what goodies they have. :)

I'd be interested in Zombie Dust, Dreadnaught, and if you are able to get it Arctic Panzer Wolf.

 

For Odell's beers I am able to snag: Amuste (Their Porter with Grape Juice), Celestrina (Saison) and it is almost 2 years old but as you know it can age: Deconstruction.  Also if you like IPA I also have easy access to Grand Teton's Pursuit of Hoppiness and Snake River's Pako's IPA :D

 

Let me know what you find and what you would want.  I am totally down to make some trades :D

 

I assume New Belgium stuff is easy to come by since they pretty much distribute almost everywhere now.  I can still get a few older Lips of Faith Beers (Paardebloem and Pluot and maybe a few Cascara Quad as well).  I also have a Biere De Mars and a Imperial Coffee Stout in my cellar (both are extras).


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Posted 22 October 2013 - 02:17 AM

I had Stone's Enjoy by 11.12.13 (Double IPA) last Friday. Pretty damn tasty. I've got one more bomber for myself and one more for a friend.

Also, I've been meaning to ask, would any CAGs be interested in doing some beer trading? I figured since we're so spread out, it's a perfect way for us all to try beers from around the country. I've got a couple of bombers of Dreadnaught ready to go. :)

I'd be down for trading! I wouldn't mind getting my hands on some 3 Floyds. We don't get Odell in Jersey, but  I do have a bottle of their Myrcenary double IPA that I acquired through a trade that im willing to part with. We got some good stuff up here in Jersey, so shoot me a pm if you're interested. 


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:51 PM

Sorry guys, I haven't been ignoring you. I asked the guy at work for some advice, since he's definitely the senior beer snob. :) I'm definitely looking forward to trying some new stuff though.

I stopped by the liquor store earlier and I was in heaven. Grabbed 2 6-packs of each Gumballhead and Alpha King. Also grabbed a bomber of BrooDoo. Was going to grab a few other bombers, but I've spent too much already. :/

Drank some more of my Leinenkugels as well. The Orange Shandy is meh and Hoppin Belle's isn't half-bad. Not great stuff, but still a nice beer. Also, I visited the Minhas brewery in Wisconsin a few weeks ago and grabbed a sampler to take home. I must say, it's not very good. I had a few OK samples at the brewery, but the ones I took home were subpar. The brewery was cool, but I likely wouldn't drink any more of their stuff.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:43 AM

Well my interests appear to be shifting towards bourbon. I went to Chattanooga,TN to visit some friends and to the Oktoberfest event downtown last Sat. and Sun. I had a few different local brews from Chatt. Brewing, McHales and from the homebrew booth (really cool they let homebrewers vend their own beer!) The highlight was a *real* funky homebrew Oktoberfest that smelled suspicious ?!? (confirmed by three friends.) It was spiced up and had a nice kick to boot.

 

I also had dinner at Terminal Brewhouse - hands down the best local beer in Chattanooga. Good food too (I had the lamb burger my wife had the buffaloaf.)

 

But... I only picked up a Four Roses single barrel from a local liquor/beer store because there wasn't any beer that really caught my eye.

 

Tried a Green Flash Green Bullet - their triple IPA. It was real nice - ripped the enamel right off my teeth! 10.1 and could taste the alcohol.

 

Got a Lagunitas IPA clone fermenting right now. Dry hopped with some leftover hops from a previous brew that I forgot to put them in.

 

Picked up a half case of SN pale ale cans today because it was on sale (12.99!) and man that stuff is just so easy to drink!


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 10:32 PM

Picked up a 4-pack each of the Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout and the Founders Harvest Ale. Also walked into a ma and pa liquor store and snagged me the last two Firestone Double DBA's they had left. Been knocking off stuff from my beer bucket list the last few weeks. Finally got to try the Pliny the Elder the other week. Thought it couldn't get any better until last week when I got to try the Heady Topper. Both are excellent but I would have to give the edge to the Heady.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 12:30 PM

I picked up some Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla Porter the other day.  I have to see it was really good.  I might have to start checking out some other porters.  If they are anywhere near as good as this or better I may start drinking them over a stout.

 

I also picked up Stone Brewing Co's R&R Coconut IPA.  I didn't taste any coconut in it or any thing else they said was in it.  All I could taste were the hops.  I'm not a big IPA fan as I don't like to taste nothing but hops however I have started to drink some and didn't think they were that bad.  This one wouldn't have been bad if it weren't for the fact that I was expecting something other than hops.  Hell I would have been happy for just a hint of a taste.  I should have read all of the label when I picked it up.  I didn't notice it was an IPA till I started to drink it.  Not bad if you like an IPA but don't expect anything other than hops.

 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:18 PM

Any homebrewers have advice on starter kits?

 

I want to get my dad one for Xmas.  I know nothing about it, but his uncle started doing it and he's been interested in trying it, so figured it's a good gift idea.


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 03:27 PM

The basic starter kits from Midwest supplies or Norther brewer would be fine. Keep in mind he'll need a big pot for boiling the wort (5-7.5 gallon) which the kits don't come with (there are actually a lot of things the kits don't come with and you find out after your first brewing session or two that you need this or that doo-dad). I'd start with an ale recipe kit (and if he's interested - a pale or IPA because they mask any off flavors you might get for various reasons better than other beer styles.) Ales because they ferment at normal-ish temps of 65-70 degrees.

 

Basic kit - http://www.midwestsu...ment-kit-2.html

 

Extras (that spoon really is awesome no joke - I purchased it from Amazon a while ago) - http://www.midwestsu...-upgrade-2.html

 

To be honest, local homebrew shops (lhbs in brewing forum lingo) really are a good option in this situation. I buy *everything* online usually but many things are actually cheaper from the homebrew store. And the kit ingredients are fresh - they crack the grains right there in front of you. So if he has a local homebrew shop you might get him a gift certificate there even. Also - the owners are likely a wealth of info and willing to chat about anything.

 

My little setup differs slightly from the typical kit. I brew half batches - where the typical batch is 5 gallons - I do 2.5. The local store halves most any kit so it's pretty easy. I use a mr. beer keg for fermenting and a 4 gallon icing bucket I picked up free from the bakery at Publix as a bottling bucket (I added a spigot.) Batch priming is much easier than bottle priming. We got this nice All Clad pasta pot for our wedding and never used it. Now it has a use as a brew pot. We use our sink and ice/ice packs to chill our wort. I use brown/amber flip top Grolsch style 16 oz bottles but I do cap 3-6 12oz bottles for giving away to friends. The Grolsch bottles are easy - but capping isn't hard either.

 

This setup is very easy for me and my wife to manage in our kitchen. 2.5 gal means less wort to heat, less wort to chill, less beer to bottle (less beer to drink?!?) ultimately less time really. Most of the homebrew community will argue it doesn't take that much more time, effort, cost to do 5 gal but for us this is what works. We can go through the beer a bit quicker and try new recipes and ultimately (I feel) learn a bit quicker.

 

This is an excellent and free online book all about brewing - your dad may want to read the first section/chapter on extract brewing. It does a very nice job of demystifying the whole process. http://www.howtobrew.com/

 

(I'm just tacking things here as I think of them) Cleanliness/sanitizing is very important. Consistent fermenting temp. (esp. the first couple days) is very important. No-rinse sanitizer is nice. Bottle tree is nice (friend gave me one.)

 

If you have any other questions feel free to ask. I'm pretty new to homebrew so hopefully others will chime in with their experience.


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#1612 dmaul1114

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:19 PM

Thanks.  I definitely want to order online since my Dad is in a different state.  Was definitely planning on an IPA recipe as that's his favorite style.


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#1613 dmaul1114

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 05:32 PM

I ended up going with the $79.99 kit from Northern Brewer, picked the Irish red kit as the included one, and also added the Dead Ringer IPA kit and a 5 gallon brew kettle.  Found a coupon to knock 10% of the kettle and add a free homebrewing 101 dvd.

I checked Midwest too, but their shipping was crazy ($30 something) while Northern has a $7 flat rate promo going.


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:00 PM

If you like rogue a company sells kits for their beer also. I forgot what the name of the company is but the beer tastes dead on the what you will get from them. I made the dead guy ale, only issue was I had to leave it in the bottle longer than the recommended time the kit had.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 07:41 AM

Does annybody other than me drink Four Loko's? Thanks God they took out the caffeine in it.


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 02:58 AM

Anyone get any Bourbon County?  I got half a case :D


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Anyone get any Bourbon County?  I got half a case :D

I managed to grab ONE 12oz bottle. Every time a major release beer comes to Jersey(Bourbon County,KBS,Devil Dancer)all of the liquor stores break them up and sell them individual. At least I have one I guess. 


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 02:22 PM

After more than 2 months of sitting in my closet, I finally pulled out the beer making equipment the guy at work lent me. Made my first batch yesterday. It's an American Pale Ale that's loosely based off of a recipe that a local brewery (Bier Brewery) used to sell. It's fermenting now. I'll move it to the carboy for the 2nd fermentation in a few days, then I'll be able to bottle it sometime next week. Then it has to age for several weeks after that. :( It's going to be a long wait, but I imagine that once I get somewhat good at it, I'll be able to brew a batch (5 gallons, or 53 bottles) every 10 days or so.

For those of you thinking about it, it's really not that hard. The guy at work gave me his equipment, but you can find second hand stuff on the cheap. You could probably brew your first batch for about $150, then about $40 per batch after that. And total time investment, I would say all the way through bottling, is probably about 6 hours. Nothing bad at all. Also, don't worry about space or smell. You don't need much space (I live in an apartment) and the smell is actually quite pleasant.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:51 PM

21st birthday today! Woo! Won 7 bucks on a lottery ticket (Yes I'm proud of it!) and get to try Arrogant Bastard Ale for the first time! Hitting the Casino first though = )


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:25 PM

Tis the season so I had a chance to try the limited edition Fra-Gee-Lay by Karbach Brewing Co. yesterday. Took me a second to realize that it's name came from A Christmas Story. It was a really good black ale. A little pricey though.