Beer is Near
I know that it's premature, man I say that a lot, but I have found myself talking about the upcoming seasonal beers quite a bit lately. Therefore, I am bumping up the inevitable beer post.
Fall and winter are my favorite seasons for many reasons, the brisk weather, football, gingerbread lattes, and of course the beer.
I'll be honest, I pretty much go straight from Franziskaner Hefeweizen and Redhook Blonde straight into Guinness, porters, and the winter brews. I barely stop to look at the plethora of Octoberfest offerings, although I did enjoy the Sam Adam's version, have plans for the New Belgium's and miss the discontinued Pyramid (Broken Rake). Most of them are just foreplay on the way to the payoff that is a winter brew, and like most guys, I don't have time for the heavy petting.
My favorite by far is Anchor Steam Christmas. It combines nutmeg, cinnamon and clove into a subtle bottle of ginger snaps and holiday warmth. It isn't just the best seasonal, it's my favorite beer. Period. Other notable entries come from Samuel Adams, Pyramid, Redhook, Full Sail, Rogue, and the especially tasty but often skunky (find a seller that has kept it cold, clear and green bottles are stupid for beer- I just don't get it) Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome.
That being said I am going to try something here, although by admitting it I may be shooting myself in the foot, we shall see.
My good friend and business partner Ed is on a fairly popular show on which he claimed he couldn't find a decent cup of tea in America. He was bombarded with tea bags (I've made enough tea-bagging jokes already, trust me) from viewers. This was over two years ago and his pantry is still full. Somehow we now have pounds of it in our pantry. It is still trickling in.
I don't want your tea. I want your beer. If you know of something that I haven't touched on let me know. If I haven't had it and you want to send me a bottle I'll review it here and throw some love to your site (if you have one, if not maybe a favorite charity/porn).