Bell’s Christmas Ale arrives soon with Christmas/winter seasonal beers gradually hitting shelves now. What sets this Christmas release by Bell’s Brewing apart, is that it is actually brewed without spices, and is intentionally lower alcohol than most winter warmers.
Christmas Ale doesn’t contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus.
Taste: Sessionable Scottish Ale with sweet malts with subtle toffee notes, mixed with earthy herbal hop flavors. Also, roasty with a touch of fruit. Balanced well.
Style: Scottish Ale
Availability: 12oz/6 pks. Draft. Winter Seasonal
Release: November – December 2016
Ballast Point Pumpkin Down, a gourdy-spin on the brewery’s Piper Down Scottish Ale, has hit shelves.
The brewery’s Piper Down is a malty, subtle- hopped ale with UK hops. Throw in some pumpkin and spices and you have Ballast Point Pumpkin Down. Fall is looking good, right?
Look for Ballast Point Pumpkin Down in 12oz bottles and draft as a seasonal offering.
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Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, MD) is launching a new, draft only lineup, called the Desert Island Series. The lineup will feature one off releases designed by members of the brewery.
According to brewmaster, Chris Leonard: “Rich caramel maltiness adorns the first offering in our Desert Island Series – a strong Scottish Ale at 8% ABV. This interpretation of the classic Scottish style is warming and malty while maintaining an earthy hop balance. Dark amber in color, rich fig aromas and toasted caramel flavors dominate this hefty tipple. If you can’t get yourself to a desert island, this brew is the perfect answer to the winter chill.”
Each offering is limited to 100 barrels (3,100 gallons) at select bars across Heavy Seas 18 state distribution starting in February 19th, 2015. Scottish Ale was designed by Team Leader Chris Schultz.
The Heavy Seas Desert Island Series will feature a Schwartzbier in April, an American Honey Amber Ale in June, a “New World” Saison in August, a Smoked Dunkel in October, and a Dopple Sticke Alt in December.
In this spotlight, Sierra Nevada teamed up with a super group of brewers known as the Asheville Brewers Alliance to create to create Tater Ridge, a Scottish Ale with sweet potatoes. Featured North Carolina brewers include Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed, and John Stuart of Green Man Brewing.
Tater Ridge pays homage to our area’s Scottish Highland history, and its craft brew pioneers. With a hint of down home Southern flair, this Scottish ale is rich and malty, using special floor-malted six-row barley from Asheville’s Riverbend Malting, and has a smooth kick from the use of sweet potatoes, a tasty Southern staple.
Sierra Nevada Tater Ridge joins eleven other offerings coming this July in the Beer Camp Across America Mixed Pack.
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Beer Camp 12-pack.
Arrival: July, 2014
7% ABV, 35 IBUs
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