Today's show features eight different Winter and Christmas beers from six U.S. breweries, Belgium and Japan. Recorded in Pasadena, we had just visited a few local breweries, so the episode is certainly full of holiday cheer! Happy Holidays!
Today's show features eight different Winter and Christmas beers from six U.S. breweries, Belgium and Japan. Recorded in Pasadena, we had just visited a few local breweries, so the episode is certainly full of holiday cheer! Happy Holidays!
This is the Beer of the Day Podcast. From Beer of the Day Studios in Pasadena California. This is the beer of the day podcast. I'm Dallas Heliker, joining me tonight Jeff Miller Hugo Padilla. And tonight we have with your beers from all around the country and from around the world really and not your standard winter beers they you might normally find the grocery store we wouldn't hold so I'm a little bit more obscure was to try from a lot of different styles. We have Fremont from Seattle surf brewery Ventura Kern River from Kernville California upslope from Boulder Colorado. We've got a beer from Japan from Belgium from Denver and from Port Burren in San Diego. Hey guys how to go on. You know well then how are you doing good. All right. I'm down here in Southern California visiting Jeff Hugo came over tonight to try some of these winter beers and let's get into the first winter beer the night we have from Freemont bring company the bonfire ale. This is a six percent beer Seattle Washington. This is one that I brought back. We did a Seattle podcast not too long ago and I was up there for a week and brought back a ton of Seattle beers including you know lots I.P.A. that we had at the time we set aside this one knowing that it made a little bit more sense to wait so it was a little colder winter time we're in December. Now so hopefully this is the appropriate time for this beer. If it's not. Now it's I can't think of any other time it would be more appropriate. So this beer is a kind of a lighter brown color you can see through it a lot of beers that we try on the show where they get really dark like this they become you know translucent a living light through this one lets a light through it looks a little like Coca-Cola. I was going to say some kind of soda. Dr Pepper Mr Perry or something like that but I mean it's dark but it's not dark brown there's some reddish used to it pretty thin had bubbly bubbly but a thin had. I do get a little bit of a kind of a sugar aroma kind of even the Coca-Cola type of aroma little fizzy Wow taste I mean it's a little like smoky here. Then I was expecting. I mean it's called the bonfire ale. It's a little bit like a campfire type of beer. Yeah I expected to be more much more spice here but that next Mocha is very prevalent on on on the palate is so it's a lighter mouthfeel it's not a super heavy beer but the smoke really comes through strong. I think some like would mean like oak you know oak chips type of flavor Hickory things that I don't normally pick up on a beer but I don't know why I said that but like some what flavors. It's interesting. This is like a smoky what kind of beers a supply Pale Ale probably doesn't it doesn't really say but I guess I call a pale ale at six percent forty Ib use. I mean I'd say it's more of a porter. I mean it's a little darker than a pale ale. Yeah you're right it's a porter. But for sure the beer is named exactly what it should be called bonfire. I mean this tastes like when you're sitting around the campfire. And the wind shifts in your direction and then you smell your shirt afterward because all the smoke has infiltrated it. That's this beer. I actually had this when I was in Seattle. So this is my second time and I will say that it's it's way better now it's you know the perfect time or season perfect time of the year to try this. It's interesting. I like the flavor a lot kind of makes me crave a steak. You can go good with a good nice T.-Bone Yeah I'm in before we get to the next beer. So I've been down here in L.A. this weekend we recorded a podcast last night that will actually air after this one. And we toured some breweries today. Anyone have any beers they wanted to mention that stood out to them. Yeah I was going to mention we went to Claremont Kraft Wales which is one of our favorite L.A. area breweries and they make a lot of really really nice beers but I had one today that I've never had before it was actually made for their anniversary party and it's called Pepper and peaches. It's an I.P.A. fourth year anniversary correct. It's made with peaches and pink peppercorns which I can't think of any beer I've ever had in my life that is made with pink peppercorns had a really intriguing aroma. And you know it's just a unique beer. I was I was pleasantly surprised you know like the flavors really work well together and you know it's not a beer that you can sit down and drink a six pack of but the the flavor was really
nice. It wasn't overly peachy either there's just a little piece of the after taste a little of that white pepper type of spice to it and really interesting and unique here you go you have any interesting beers lately. Oh yeah we did have quite a bit on that podcast and I think the one that I I think the one that stood out for me was the Finback promo scope. I didn't really think that I would enjoy a strawberry flavor in a beer but that really stood out and it was kind of that creamy texture and taste to it. And I thought it was really good and different from anything I've had before. Yeah. So for sure. Tune in next week for the podcast where we we try that here because we. I mean a lot of East Coast beers on that show a lot of these northeast style A.P. haze and. I mean I was frankly I was tired of them by the end of the show but we covered a lot of ground for sure with beers we don't have very often that style and never Yeah I was going to the next beer. We have from Ventura California surf brewery oil Piers. This is a gingerbread spiced Porter. But it's like you know for those that are not super familiar with the geography it's about halfway between L.A. and Santa Barbara right along the coast nice little you know nice little city great weather and they have several breweries and this is one of them. This beer darker than the first one for sure. Cannot see through this. It's very dark brown almost black and one of those very hand colored heads then a very tan brown tacky color on the aroma I get a little cinnamon type of spice you know reminds me of a pumpkin pie almost I mean it's a gingerbread Porter So I'm expecting this you know when we have winter beers. You know we tend to think of some nutmeg some cinnamon and some all spice these type of holiday spices and this is going to be probably the one beer that has some very prevalent flavors you go hit it right on the head on the pumpkin like we do a show. Of all pumpkin beers. We did one a couple months ago and this smells just like your standard pumpkin ale. It's pretty light bodied you know for the color it looks it looks heavier than it really is it's a light bodied easy to drink beer. It's six point five percent. It's tasty I mean it's the spices there
but it's not too much spice like some of these beers are just too much for me and this is pretty spot on. You know I don't think the flavors are overwhelming in the six and a half percent alcohol. I don't even feel it. It's very very light on the taste very light on. On the alcohol easy drinking. You know I'm getting pumpkin on this one too though like Buffalo Bill's pumpkin L. I think this is a clone of the Honestly it's very similar and I think the hops are really earthy and you know a good amount of malts a lot of these beers tonight are going to be pretty multi and it's well balanced. This is this is tasty. Yeah. And as the night goes on. You know these are the type of beers that you want to drink on a cold night sitting next to the fire and so they're going to be a little more darker obviously a little more roasted malt and then with some of them. We're going to have a little of that holiday festivity in this certainly has that where there's a little of those spiciness that you get you know you want to have around the holidays. What I also get in this is maybe like some coconut flavors and I don't think I'm sure it's probably not coconut in the beer but it has some coke in it and it will toast a coconut a little bit like those candies that I have is a toast to coconut and I think chocolate with a little coconut that's been burned a little bit. I'm enjoy. Yeah yeah. Almond Joy This tastes like a liquid or enjoy like it or it will. Switch gears a little bit here. This is what you don't see very often it's called a winter double I.P.A.. I don't know I don't think I've ever had a winter double I.P.A. before this is from Kern River Brewing Company in Kernville California. We're moving up to eight percent here quickly because the third beer eight percent that's a big move here and there's beer is going to be pretty strong. Yeah to let you know what we're getting into you know turn river bring company is is one of our favorite breweries and I think they've expanded their distribution recently because we've been seeing a lot more of their beers. You know maybe six months ago it was impossible to get their beers outside of like a thirty mile radius of Kernville and now they're popping up at Whole Foods Bev Mo you name it they must change something with their distribution because these beers are not to say readily available but much more available than they used to be. And I think we called over to them and they just started distribution with stone so I think down here in the L.A. area we're starting to see a lot more of it because of that move to distribute by stone. So this is kind of a copper colored beer just a slight bit orange another thin head then off white head really nice aroma though it's this smells like and I.P.A. and I don't get too much of those wintry spices in here. More like a regular double I.P.A. yeah yeah there's no winter quality that I get to this on the aroma. They make another beer called shuttle Bunny which is a white I.P.A. which we've had we like it. It's not my favorite or ever beer but it's it's what I would expect from their winter beer so this will be interesting to try and compare to that very sweet aroma it can. Pick out exactly what the. What smell it is but
but I do get a lot of sugar on the aroma. I'm getting like a like a creamy texture to it. I don't know if it's maybe just the sequence of the beers that we've had I'm getting a little bit of a creamy mouth feel a little bit of those malts little bit sweeter than a regular I.P.A. Yeah I'm trying to figure out the hops on this and it's hard to drink a beer like this after having two porters but the hops are I don't think it's citrus maybe it's a little bit of Piney hops. Maybe some floral hops. But there's really nothing about this that makes it a winter I.P.A. in my mind it's good I like the beer a lot but I don't know why this is a winter I.P.A. I wouldn't winter would not cross my mind when having a sip of this beer but it's an odd choice for a name. But I do get I mean you take a sip and you get like some initial sweetness and little happiness and then I get a wave of of losing this the eight percent really kind of comes through in the aftertaste. And I can you can get the impression
you're drinking a pretty strong beer as well balanced I mean. It's the hops like I mentioned but there's a good amount of mall here. It's kind of your standard West Coast style double I.P.A. and I like that it's not too bitter but there's a little slight bitterness in the finish which you know most people who like I.P.A. is tend to appreciate it. Just a little bit a bit a bit of bitterness not too much. Some people like a lot of bitterness but this is fairly easy to drink. I mean it's it's a
little boozy in the end but eight percent. It's still pretty tame pretty tame three percent. Yeah you know the. Of the law or the first three that we taste. I think this is one that I would definitely order second one of so far so good you get a little bit of citrus in the finish. I do and I didn't get it at first but after like three or four SEPs I got some citrus it's not really like there's some really citrusy I.P.A. as it's not super citrusy but I get a little bit of like grapefruit maybe some lemon. I definitely get that for sure. Is When the kind of grows on you. The initial sip I wasn't quite sure to make what to make of it but you know as I've had three four five six it really has grown on me quite a bit. I just don't understand the winter thing. Why is it called a winter. It's a great beer. It takes a lot like a lot of their other ips pretty similar to like just outstanding are as moving to the next one we have up slope Brewing Company. Boulder Colorado. This is their Christmas sale so Christmas sales when it's labeled Christmas sale I think it's going to taste like a Christmas tree. Combined with holiday spices classic examples of the style would be the Aker Merry Christmas Happy New Year. We have that every year and that's
kind of I think the measuring stick that these types of ales are compared to color wise. I don't think you can you could devise a more Christmas color to appear it is quite red. Like mahogany it is beautiful looking beer. And pretty clear a nice had foamy very white big bubbly had lotsa lacing on the glass which I appreciate in a beer. It is very red though it's almost like it's like a. Right. Red. It's a very very strong row my I don't know exactly what I'm smelling but very sharp it's not
Piney though it's sweet. It's like candy sugar sweet smell with maybe a little nutmeg or something thrown in taste it's a multi pretty sweet beer. I mean this is when you talk about like a winter warmer. This is a beer that will get a warm you up and it's it's not light eight point two percent but I guess if you're spending your winter in Colorado. You know this is a beer you want on like a cold night eight point two percent. This doesn't taste like eight point two percent to me it's actually really reserved for that high alcohol content and. I do get a lot of sugar in the beer and the you know the the gingerbread spiciness really comes through seven type of flavors and I kind of reminds me of like a Scottish ale with like up peppermint Cinnamon the flavor to it. Yeah and it's I mean it's all these flavors it's peppermint I think is is a really nice some cinnamon some nutmeg some all spice. I mean when you talk about a beer with not like chili spices but just like spice to it. This is it. This is a you know it's a special release limited release. Obviously they only make this a Christmas time. It's like Alice said when you think of a Christmas spirit this is it see a pity me of Christmas beer I don't think you can find another beer that is more Christmas than this. I think we're getting a little bit heavier in the body to the first few beers we had were pretty light bodied porters tend to be light by. And in my opinion this is a little bit heavier a little more all our body. I
like the mouth feel it's it lingers a little bit. It's got that mouth coating that I think a lot of people look for in a beer. It's just as smooth I mean this is a separate You can't chug a spear any means but it's nice Christmas in a glass are at a time take or break when we come back we have our strange brew that fits the category Christmas beers strange group plus three more winter ales and we will have those for you when we come back right here on the pier the day podcast by the time this
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Thanks for shopping of Amazon and let's get back to the show with us our it's our Strange Brew segment tonight we have from Bayard Brewing Company in shoes in G.G. pan. This is the jubilation ale is this is brewed with figs and sentiment spoiler alert eight percent. Let's see what we have here. We picked this up at the store. We were at a local bottle shop here in L.A. and we saw this one we were looking for a Christmas beer to have that would fit the strange brew category and here we have it. Yeah color wise it's a reddish brown copper color. He can't really see through this nice firm sort of off white body had good lacing nice aroma I mean it smells smells like dark fruit like raisins or figs dates I get the aroma that you get from like a Belgian beer. It's got that sort of a yeast cells a nice you know you east in the euro and I like that. I mean I like a beer that is entice you know makes me want to drink it. Yeah it's kind of a Belgian double type of aroma. And this is our strange brew and we picked this again because it has big. Exe and cinnamon. But when I taste this if the figs and similar there it's pretty subtle it's I think Strange Brew by name but on the taste it's not that strange I mean this is easy to drink solid tasty not so much a winter ale in my opinion but it's good but not overwhelming with those flavors by any means. It's like a Belgian double really as it's a classic Belgian double type of flavor. It doesn't have any special holiday jubilation type of characteristics but I like this is that we've been doing this podcast. You know for a while now and every year we do like a winter beers or a Christmas Ale show. This is the first morning. We've had from Japan and we've had some other Japanese beers and this one is the jubilation ale but it's interesting to have a jubilation ale on the show. Also interesting to have a brewery from Japan called Bayard Brewing Company. It sounds like you know a brewery we would see in San Bernardino or Seattle. But yeah absolutely and you know we like some Japanese beers I mean the key to Chino beers are good. I like this and it's and Hugo what do you think I think is very enjoyable I was looking for more of a pronounced fake flavor from this I really like figs but it's all the PE the flavors on this are very subtle it is very like you I said to piggyback on that it very Belgian double ask type of beer and it's very smooth very easy to drink. I enjoy. There's some dark fruits I mean not just figs but lots of dark fruits. I mean if I just had this in a blind taste test. First of all I would never guess it's from Japan. I would think it's from Belgium. And I think it's just a classic Belgian double with those sort of strong. Dark fruit flavors and the Belgian East. Yeah. Not that strange but strange a name to try beard. I like it though this is this is good. I mean there's I can't find anything wrong with this beer perfect. Let's move into the next one from Create divide Brewing Company Denver Colorado. It's the hibernation ale. This is an English style old ale comes at a twelve ounce can powder blue the can now the beer yabby were to have a powder blue beer. Haven't had one of those yet. Finally some good had like this beer has pretty thick foamy off why it had the colors very similar to that upslope brewing Christmas Ale that we had very radish very clear not as red though it's much more BROWN It's dark but you can sort of see through it and it's not not black. It's just a sort of
dark oper light brown sort of mahogany color a pretty tame aroma. I get a little little multi miss on the room a little cinnamon a little spice but not not too prevalent. Wow I love it. This is a beer that has excellent flavor. Well carbonated it's a
little bit of a powdery mouthfeel and I just I think it's multi little hop EBA just super well balanced I mean this is there's no spice. This is not a holiday ale per se but this is more like this is kind of a winter warmer than English style old ale. I love this. This is a little spice to it but you're right it's eight point seven percent. This is as tame as it can get for eight point seven percent. You to take a sip of it and you get the interplay between the the multi roasted malt type of flavors. A little of the. Hops and then it transitions into this nice hall of the spice women kind of at the end. So smooth so well balanced really well done you have that roasted malt is probably my favorite part of this and that very very subtle spice to it is to remind you that it is a winter ale. But the multi nesses got to be my favorite part of this. Yeah and hiding the alcohol that's my favorite part of it. Eight point seven is no joke. I mean it's tough to have a beer and alcohol and not have to be boozy and all this is not boozy and impressive job. I think it's got great like a nutty Parmalee. Yes taste to it like Hazel not like some candy nice. You know what I was going to say is great divide makes some very good beers and this is in Colorado in Denver Colorado and Colorado is one of the hot spots for craft beer in the U.S. and we've had a lot of their beers we like their Yeti Imperial Stout we like their Hercules double I.P.A. this is this is up there. This is one of the best
beers I've had with their October fast you guys remember the it's called hoss. It's like on Mars. And style October Fest was it was amazing. This. This is up there. I mean this is one of the best beers I've ever had from great divide and it's a it's a nice prairie. But this is has a. Really awesome flavor by beers in so experience experience and I like the spirit line quite good incoming transmission. You've got mail. Comments this week we actually had a lot of comments this week and we read a lot of those on next week's podcast. So tune in for that but just today. Rich Nagel wrote on Facebook were it. Facebook dot com slash the beer of the day and he posted a picture of belching B. where's peanut butter milk stout just tried to be repeatable
just out good how good is that beer. It's awesome. You got a lot of peanut butter but if you like peanut butter it's a great beer but my favorite beer from Belgium Beaver is I do love peanut butter so they put them on the map that for sure it's one of the best peanut butter stuff there is because it's so like I've had a lot of pita verse doubts where it's just a little touch of peanut butter. It's one of those flavors where you want a substantial amount of the flavor that they're advertising and they do not disappoint on that one on the beer the day website. We featured Tell-Tale tart from Boulevard Brewing Company just a couple days ago on December fourteenth. Steven with a Ph. I have had tarts ear sours them they would imply that this was
a nice compromise between the beer taste of hops and malts that I believe a lot of sour detractors are missing and I think he's exactly right. I think telltale tart is a gateway beer for people that don't necessarily like sourest but might enjoy
them. There's a lot of. The reasons why that telltale target such a good beer and it's just a solid solid sour from both of ours so if you haven't checked that one out. Be sure to do that we are on Twitter at beer the day we're on Instagram at beer the day site so be sure to follow us on both of those and like us on Facebook and sign up on the Web site. We feature a beer the day every day and we'll send it straight to your phone text message whatever you want to do so here they come or let's move into the next beer. We have St Bernard this Christmas ale. This is a Belgian Abbey ale from watch to Belgium they pronounce I just I think so. I mean Dallas and I went to Belgium last year we did NOT going to want to. But I mean this is going to
Bruges into barouche with a lot of good Belgian beers. This is not like I said it's how we went to it. This is a beer that I think is pretty available throughout the U.S. same Bernardus makes several different beers that we've had in the past that you know not just a Christmas Ale but there it's a common Belgian brewery for us drinkers all the ones that I've had from from this brewery tend to be pretty boozy and at ten percent. This is right in line with everything that I've had from the color wise it's not completely opaque it. It's on like it's true what it is a brown colored beer half a finger of tan colored head and what's amazing about this is that it. It sticks to the glass in time. Any little perfectly symmetrical bubbles the lace you
know this is it's not super thick but it is very consistent. Yeah the head is very foamy. And when you look at it head on a beer or something to be foamy then filmy bubbly I mean you name it. But this is foamy tiny little only bubbles. Aroma on this a little banana. I'm going to say and a lot of a lot of Belgian beer is to have a banana type of flavor but in the aroma. But I like like sweet in that maybe like plant tain or something. Yeah. Reminds me of those a banana now and later so I used to have an I was a kid on the taste of this. I mean it's a it's a pretty classic Belgian Triple I would say it's it's flavorful it's fruity you definitely get some of that Belgian yeast. It's easy to drink. I mean for ten percent. This is. You know I mean I could drink this whole bottle myself. Yes highly carbonated the bubbles really stick to my tongue. I get a lot of effervescent characteristics from this beer. I think you get a little bit of those a winter spices but they're not overwhelming it's not it's more subtle it's more it makes it enjoyable for me to drink. Yeah it's like banana with a little spice to it in a Belgian Triple I like this a lot. This is a really x I'm in I like Belgian triples in general and you know I don't I don't mean to knock this but I don't know what makes us a Christmas sale. I probably say that with a lot of these winter beers but it's got the flavor profile of a classic Belgian triple and I enjoyed. A lot you know the Christmas characteristics are more
subtle. I think we fall into this trap or say oh I don't know what makes a Christmas beer but maybe there's a little something there. That's do it and then we will critique a beer for being overly Christmas right. Oh it's like weight over the top too much spice too much of the nutmeg whatever. And so we you know we find a beer where it's subtle and then we say in a why this is Christmas. It's a very fine line that these breweries have to walk pretty it's medium bodied and mouthfeel is good. I mean
Dallas made it very good point about the mouth fill in the texture of the spear super drink a bowl. I mean it's a ten percent. It's easy to drink ten percent that's a strong beer and you don't get any boozing that's on this which means that the beer is incredibly well done so good job. St Bernard as I have no idea what point Dallas made but it was a good point. I can't remember the point of my comment. I don't remember but it was a good point. I do you know what you have means. So is I mean the side of moving to the last beer that night we have from Port brewing in San Diego San Diego California which one is Jeff. Now we have you got one recently Yes So what we're going to drink tonight on the podcast is the two thousand and fifteen version. This is one we bought a little over a year ago. It's been well aged properly stored. We did buy the most recent on the two thousand and sixteen. But we're going to we decided to save that for a future show maybe a year from now maybe sooner. I don't
know but tonight we're going to bring that to. Thousand and fifteen version that has been well aged a little bit this. I mean it's very dark in color almost pitch black with some red highlights around the edges dark brown black color with a nice like
brown khaki colored head dark khaki dark khaki I mean when you when you talk about an Imperial Stout this is what a solid Imperial Stout should look like yeah really. I really like this super dark color with that red tint right on the edges that red is just I don't know I makes me want to drink this. It looks viscous too and it we've had some viscous beers in our day and I don't know how I am at a sippy. This looks misc especially after aging in an extra year is barely aged you know I don't think so. It doesn't say that it is you know if it was parallage I'm sure that put that on the bottle. I don't appreciate it. Period stuff that's not very early age because you get you know it'll be stay in the steel or whatever and a lot of bourbon barrel aged Stout's takes on a lot of flavor of the PERVAN And so that ends up influence of the beer so much. This is just the beer itself and you know that that's a whole different category. So it's got good flavors I like the coffee very nutty flavors to it. Yeah coffee toffee roasted dark molasses like really dark chocolate Very want to last as long as chocolate. Yeah like I feel like I just ate half of a bar of dark chocolate but even it's so dark. It's like it's almost like cooking chocolate. Yeah or the eighty five percent cow or yeah yeah it's quite dark on the chocolate. I was bold they're not sweet at all but. It's tons of chocolate flavor in this not like a sweet milk chocolate it's a dark intense bakers Shockley Bay It's not
semi-sweet it is. It's pretty bitter chocolate. And this is a beer that you can only drink this time here. This is not something you can during the summertime. This is perhaps why it's been in your fridge for a year because you don't open this bottle in
July in California. It doesn't fit the weather. But now it's it's cold it's rainy you're trying to stay warm. This is excellent for that purpose. All right well we've had all the beers eight beers tonight. And it's time for us to recap the beers we have then we will spin the wheel of beer that I ship down here from Northern California and figure out who's going to pick there for the beer they first Jeffery. All right so I want to run through the beers that we had tonight we had from Seattle Washington. The Fremont Brewing Company bonfire L. in the surf brewing brewery oil Piers gingerbread spiced Porter. That's from Ventura California. In the current river winter double I.P.A. and before the break we wrapped up with the upslope Brewing Company Christmas and after the break we are strange brutha the Baird Brewing Company jubilation ale from Japan. That was the one that was brewed with figs and cinnamon and then we moved into the Great Divide Brewing Company. I bring nation ale from Denver and then the St Bernard this Christmas ale the Belgian Abbey ale from what to Belgium. And we wrapped up last beer the night. Port brewing in two thousand and fifteen Santas little helper Imperial Stout from sand. Marcos California. This is very tough. Well let's let's try anyway let's spin the wheel of beer. GEOFFREY. Thank you both for thank you. And it's Jeff going first. And I am and you know I like all these beers. I like this show the winter beers because we tend to have a lot of I P A's on the show and throughout the year. It's hopping beers. It's the freshest beer we can get and this is a nice way to mix it up. I like wintertime I like the weather and I like the beers that come with that we had beers from all over the U.S. and then actually two from outside of the U.S. which is not very common on the show and you know the number one beer for me was the great divide hibernation ale from Denver Colorado. Yeah it's an English style old ale I really enjoyed the roasted malt flavor. It was super well balanced. You know easy to drink at eight point seven percent that's the beer. Like when I want a winter warmer type of beer. I'm going to seek that want to how lots of good beers tonight but I really enjoyed the hibernation ale
the most I can't I have to choose that one. It was just that right balance of those dark roasted malt flavors and just a touch of the holiday type of spices not over the top so drinkable eight point seven percent. You can't even imagine it's eight point seven percent. You told me six percent. I would've been like six with that eight point seven No way. So that's my beer as well. Great Divide. I think what really sucks is I really. I enjoyed that Kern River Brewing Company. I thought it was a very
delicious I.P.A.. But nothing about that beer made me think winter. So I want to say I really enjoyed it but I don't think it's my favorite winter. Just because I don't see the winter spices so like you said I feel bad that I'm faulting them for not
being wintery enough but I think it could be anathema it's own fault. It's definitely to be unanimous. Because I'm going to pick great divide as well that roasted malt those that nutty caramel just a great winter area. No doubt about it as much as longas let it snow will let it snow let it snow or that's for the close out our winter beers to show we take her to even better buy do check out our website beer the day dot com Hope everybody that listens to the show and enjoys this podcast has a
Happy Holidays Merry Christmas. We will see you in the new year for Jeff Miller, Hugo Padilla. I'm Dallas Heliker. This has been the beer the day podcast.