Not to be a Grinch, a Bah Hum Bug, a general Debbie Downer, but for those of you that celebrate Christmas (as I do)... It's not Christmas. Christmas begin on December 25th, and lasts for 12 days, ending in January. That said, we are in prime Hanukkah season, and it is time to spread some Yuletide cheer. Which is why it's the perfect time to start buying, imbibing, and enjoying some of this winter season's best beer. Pictured above, is Pelican Brewing's Bad Santa Dark Ale. I must confess, that I am enjoying this beverage right now. It's dark, comforting, with a strong bitter aftertaste. I know that doesn't sound appealing to many of you, but if you're a dark beer drinker like me, then it can be quite satisfying. Pelican is based out of Oregon too, so as a Pacific Northwest consumer, you can feel good supporting their efforts.
Ya'll know I went to Wisconsin this Summer. I loved the cheese. I loved the people...the beer, not so much. Wisconsin beer, the Beer Barons beer, PBR and Milwaukee's Best, taste like moose piss. No I haven't had moose piss, it's just a guess. That said, I love a good shandy, and pomegranates are a holiday must. I was so excited to see that Leinenkugel made a Pomegranate Shandy. It's refreshing; it tastes delicious, and it tastes like Christmas (but it's not Christmas yet).
Ok, I saved the best for last. You need to know that I don't like lighter beers. I solely purchased this because it made me laugh. It made me think of Frank Zappa, and my Uncle Rick, who truly loves his music. I remember as a kid listening to "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow." So, does this beer taste like dog piss? No! It's my favorite this season. It's light, but complex. You can taste the evergreen, but it's not overpowering. Rogue is hit or miss in my book, and this one hit the mark!
and a Warm Yuletide to you all!
I'm a not-for-profit worker that loves food, both healthy and indulgent. I've eaten the 12 egg omelette at Beth's Cafe: toast, hash browns, and all. Take that Adam Richman!