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logo-bridge-wpDecember 26th is known as Boxing Day in the commonwealth nations. Regardless of why it came about, it means an extra holiday for folks living in current (or former) British colonies.

As a former British colony, it’s a shame we don’t have one extra day to celebrate the holidays. But if you’re one of the lucky few off this Friday (or even if you’re not), perhaps you’ll want to pop into Bridge Tap House to enjoy some very special beers that Bridge has received from Mikkeller.

Beginning at 6PM, Bridge will be tapping Spontanrosehip (a sour ale brewed with rosehip & aged in oak barrels), Spontanelderflower (a sour ale brewed with sea buckthorn), and the Limoncello IPA (a collaboration with Hill Farmstead).

Friday night at one of the most beautiful beer bars in the country seems like a pleasant way to enjoy this holiday season, even if we didn’t get the day off.

Yesterday saw the release of a some new beers in St. Louis.  As the holidays are approaching, we’re going to be seeing a ton of holiday and winter beers coming into the area.  Thanks to Paul from The Wine and Cheese Place, here’s a list of what became available yesterday:

  • Van Twee Belgian Ale – A Collaboration Between Bell’s Brewery and De Proef Brouwerij
  • De Struise – Tsjeeses
  • Ølfabrikken – Jule Ale
  • mikkeller from tHigh and Mighty – Home for the Holidays
  • Dieu du Ciel – Solstice d’Hiver
  • HopBack – Pickled Santa
  • Haandbryggeriet – Nissefar Father Christmas
  • Brasserie des Geants – Noel de Geants
  • Hook Norton – Twelve Days
  • Mikkeller – From/To
  • Samuel Smith – Yorkshire Stingo
  • Fraoch – Heather Ale 20th Anniversary
  • Ridgeway Brewery – Bad Elf Winter Ale
  • Ridgeway Brewery – Very Bad Elf Special Reserve Ale
  • Ridgeway Brewery – Seriously Bad Elf English Double Ale
  • Ridgeway Brewery – Criminally Bad Elf Barleywine Style Ale
  • Ridgeway Brewery – Insanely Bad Elf Imperial Red Ale
  • Ridgeway Brewery – Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout
  • Delirium Noel
  • Gouden Carolus Noel
  • Nogne – Winter
  • Nørrebro Julebryg – Nørrebro Bryghus
  • Boulevard – Nutcracker

rotten_logosmall.gifI’m sorry to disappoint anyone, but I’m going to have to put the trip to the Rotten Apple on hold for now. I just don’t think we’ll have enough people to make it financially solvent and I don’t really want to have to dip into my own pocketbook to make it happen.

We may have a cheaper bus option after the first of the year, so it’s looking like we’ll end up doing this after the holidays. I think maybe we’ll put together a small, informal get together at 33 Wine Bar sometime after Thanksgiving as sort of a holiday get together.

usabeer.pngWith the 4th of July Holiday fast approaching I’ve begun deliberating about what beer I want to take to our annual event.  While this year it looks like we’re going to have mild (and maybe rainy) weather, you always need to consider the fact you’re going to be outside in the sun.  So usually things like stouts, porters and a lot of imperial beers are out of the running for me.

For the most part I’m not a big fan of American-style wheat beers like Schlafly “Hefe” and Boulevard Wheat.  Sure they make a fine lawnmower beer for some folks, but I still want a bit more flavor.   I think Dave and I are the same wavelength about wheat beers.  If I’m going for something cloudy and yellow, I want something with another depth of flavor, be it the spice of a Wit or clove/banana of a Weiss.

Fruit beers are another option.  I think too many beer nerds are too quick to dismiss fruit beers. Sure when they’re bad, they’re usually really bad.  But when they’re good, they can hold their own with some of the best beers out there.   The one concern about some fruit beers is that they can fall into the upper tier of the alcohol range sometimes.  Just something to consider.

What about the old stand-by beers, like Pale Ales, APAs or IPAs? Those are always decent choices, but I’ve never been a huge fan of bitter beers in the hot sun.  Beer should be refreshing in that environment and shouldn’t weigh you down too much with flavor.  That being said, I’ve become much more of a hophead in the past year so I may have to give them another go this year.

Well, enough babbling, what have I decided on?   Well, I’m still trying to decide and maybe some of you can throw out some things I may have forgotten about.  But at this point:

  • Bell’s Two Hearte
  • O’Fallon Wheach?  (I love it with a hot dog)
  • Unibroue Apple Éphémère
  • Hitachino Nest White Ale

What are your choices for celebrating this holiday?

image001.jpgOh man, I totally dropped the ball on this. A few of us local St. Louis food bloggers were asked to put a list together of our top ten local holiday gifts. I was supposed to be one of those people to post my list yesterday, but as you can see I forgot. These people did not forget though, so please be sure to check out their choices for gifts this holiday season:

As for my choices, follow after the jump. continue reading…