Tuesday, December 27, 2011

eer style of the week; The Twelve Beers of Christmas, (but Great any time of the year)

Christmas (2nd Day of Christmas)

For the past 3 weeks we have merrily ventured through the kingdoms of Christmas Ales and enchanted Winter Warmer wonderlands. For the next 12 days we bring you a sampling of diverse beers from around the world that are purely divine by nature. These are the splendid spirit-lifting brews to enjoy with family and friends as we celebrate this special time of year.

Some of these delightful beers are found in weeks past and in week’s future, others will be making a cameo appearance because of their special connection to the season.

Day 2

Geary’s Hampshire Special – D.L.Geary’s Brewing – Portland, Maine – 7% ABV

This is a Christmas/winter seasonal - Must Try! Although, it is available year-round.

Deep golden bronze/amber with a tint of red. Very complex dry robust malt with a trace of sweetness. Powerfully hopped, then dry hopped for good measure. The maltiness rolls forward throughout the glass and begins to reveals a trace of berries and some smoothness. An unusual, but nice pine essence is long lasting. The alcohol is noticed, though not overly so. The creamy beige head lingers and nice lace is formed. As with all of D.L. Geary’s brews, there sort of a raw wildness, like Maine itself.

It’s easy to picture a Norman Rockwell Maine coast pub scene in winter where the cheerful patrons are toasting one another with a frosty mug of Hampshire Special. Now that really warms the heart! BTW Hampshire Special pairs really well with hearty stews. Try braising a roast with this ale in place of Burgundy wine.

Cheers everyone!

Quote: “Doth it not show vilely in me to desire small beer?” – William Shakespeare, ‘King Henry VI’

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