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chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 07:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Board seems a little slow today, everyone must be getting ready for the holidays, so I thought I'd start one of those uninformative threads for those of us who have to work today.

Being of Swedish descent, my wife and I will be serving a traditional smorgasbord for Christmas eve. That means this afternoon I will be making glogg, a hot spiced wine. After a couple of cups of that, I will switch over to the keg of Czech pils I have in the garage - there's something about the holidays that gets me enjoying the flavor of Saaz.

Tomorrow I will be serving my Christmas ale - this year a highly spiced saison (ginger, coriander, cardoman, white pepper, all spice). A homebrewed tripel will also be served with the standing rib roast - who needs merlot?

What do you folks have on tap?
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 07:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My fiancée is Romanian, and her parents are here for an extended visit. Her mother has taken over the kitchen and the menu is heavy on fatty items, so I try to pick and choose what I eat. However, she makes a sweet holiday bread that is very hard to resist.

Her parents favor sweeter wines, so there will be a bottle of semi-dry blueberry mead with Christmas dinner. That leaves the Belgian beers for us (her father describes them as "moldy"), including a bottle of Corsendonk Christmas Ale. I also managed to score 24 of this year's wonderful vintage of Orval, and I have a six-pack of SN Celebration Ale from the US (I'm in Canada) to satisfy my occasional hop cravings, which my fiancée doesn't share.

May we all enjoy the blessings of the holidays with family and friends and have a healthy and prosperous 2004.
 

Ryan Larsen (216.27.223.203)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 08:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm going to my in-laws for Christmas Eve and my parents house for Christmas.

The in laws are having the entire extended family over and my father-in-law requested a keg of Wilfred Brimley's Oatmeal Stout for Christmas so I'll be bringing that.

As for Christmas day the only beer drinkers will be my brother and I. I saw what appears to be a 3 liter bottle of beer wrapped with my name on it. I think it's Stone Dbl Bastard and that'll be enough for the two of us.

Glad to see that im not the only one working today. This board often drives away the bordem.

Merry Christmas all!
Ryan.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 09:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A Golden Belgian @ 12.6%, a Rochefort 8 @ 9.3% and a HazleNut Ale @ 5.8% are all on tap for the family :)

Drink UP! :)
Walt
 

jim williams (68.0.214.107)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Beef Wellington. Not sure on the beer or wine. Probably a merlot from Chapellet in Ca. My father in law gave us a case for christmas. My wife, who loves beer, prefers wine with food, so, Chapellet it is, and any wine drinkers on this board will know that's not a bad thing!
 

Chuck Denofrio (64.135.203.24)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

on tap- Helles, Pale Ale and a Porter. In the wings are Chumleys Rye and an IPA.And I'm the only beer drinker. Our son and wife are coming from Iowa and will raid the wine cellar. Last nite we were out walking to a friends and I thought we were in the middle of a Bing Crosby movie, All the Xmas lites on the houses and a beautiful snow falling with no wind. I kept looking for the horse drawn sleigh.
Merry Christmas to all.
Chuck and the "Romainian Princess"
 

PalerThanAle (24.223.215.138)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Alka Seltzer - seems the stomach flu has hit my entire family.... :(

PTA
 

Marlon Lang (68.18.105.167)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For the munchies, we have fried Cajun turkey in the 'frig, and pale ale on tap. For the big day, we have a traditional turkey, complete with real corn bread dressing (both oyster and regular), and the usual trimmings (Pumpkin pie, Spinach Madeline, Brocolli cassarole, whole and jellied crandberry sauce, dark gravy made from a roux, fresh yeast rolls). I'll serve a Belgian triple, aged for a year. My greatest symphathy for PTA!

I would like to echo what my friend BP said: May we all enjoy the blessings of the season, and recognized that we are indeed blessed to enjoy life, liberty, and the persuit of hops.
 

don price (65.32.41.166)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 12:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Amber ale and stout on tap...ooops forgot to chill the belgian clones...will be road trippin' to see SWMBOs family nearby...will have to settle for PU and Spaten for for the raod trip. No, I'm not driving.

Don
 

Dan Mourglea (24.158.35.230)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 01:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Merry Christmas all (and a Happy Holidays to any non-observers) the homebrew has been running low for me. I've got enough ingredients for 35 gallons but haven't had the time, been sick (get better soon PTA and family) but I have a corny of a Cream Ale, Anglo-Saxon Amber (I conceed that it isn't now, nor ever, a Scottish due to ingredients (Denny set me straight) and a very nice Stout which I'm rationing on Christmas day because the bulk of them are intended for New Years Eve. After these 3 its nose to the grindstone because I'll be kaput, fini, all out until I brew more--but it's shaping up to be a big brewing year all 35 of those gallons in January and I'm ordering another bag of grain for February!
 

Randy McCord (216.174.177.137)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 05:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've got an Amber Ale and an excellent Rye ale on tap for the Christmas gathering. I think the rye will be hit the hardest.(especially by me). The turkey will hit the peanut oil at about 11:00am so that means the beer will start flowing at about 9:30 or 10:00am. It's going to be one of those days. Good time for a celebration. By the way, I worked today also. If I play my cards right, I'll still be "celebrating" until at least 11:00pm. We'll see. Merry Christmas Everyone.
 

Fredrik (213.114.44.219)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 09:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't have lot to choose on :) I'm having the two beers I have in stock. One lagerlike beer and the xmas honey beer. But I brought some weihenstehpaner weissbier back from Austria I had to the smorgasboard last night. Hopefully I will start another brew during the holidays.

/Fredrik
 

JT (24.169.135.107)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 01:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

On tap, I'll be serving an APA and English Bitter and a Hefeweizen. Oh yeah, and Labatt Blue for the BMC drinkers. Hopefully I can steer everyone away from it and convert a few skeptics.
 

Jim Layton (209.246.132.237)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 02:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tamales, pinto beans, and venison chili for dinner today. Scottish 80-/ on tap, good selection of bottled HB in the fridge.

Merry Christmas, everyone!
 

Ginger Larson (66.242.169.124)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 02:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Christmas Day is our celebration with friends - we do the family thing Christmas Eve. Like Dan, the homebrew is running low, but we've got some cream ale and a Full Sail amber clone on tap. I'll be making Indian food - a chicken biryani, shrimp tandoori and mixed vegetables.
 

PalerThanAle (24.223.215.138)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 07:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the kind words everyone. We all woke up feeling better today! Still a little tender in the mid-section.

Happy Holiday's to you all (yes, even Mophead :))

PTA
 

Travis Adams (12.224.168.202)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 07:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am serving "Buffalo Milk Sweet Stout" which is truly truly the best extract beer I have ever brewed. In 10 years of combined brewing between my father in law and myself this is what we have been striving to brew. Thanks to this board I finally learned why our porters were never what we wanted exactly...
Thanks to everyone here for all the help this year. With a newly converted freezer to fridge I now have about 8 cases of bottles at 40 degrees ready to drink. It is truly a great christmas.
Travis
 

Travis Adams (12.224.168.202)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 07:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Walt - hazelnut ale?.... Recipe? Or just make a porter/brown and add some hazelnut for flavoring?Thanks - Travis
 

Mike Mayer (205.188.208.75)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 08:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a Porter and a Kolsch on tap right now, but tomorrow I'm going to tap a Christmas Ale that I brewed back in October of 2003. To fat to drink anything right now though, we just finished a table full of turkey, ham, four cheese mashed potatoes, broccoli,.......the list goes on an on..... Merry Christmas everyone!

Mike
Cleveland, OH
 

danno (63.224.229.154)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 10:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmm, I have a nice prime rib from Fred Meyer in Clackamas. Right next to one of the meet processing plants where some of the mad cow meat went to. I think we'll hold off a few days before we cook that one.

I did buy some Jubelale to enjoy along side my clone. The real thing has more hop bittereness and mine has more hop flavor. Both are excellent. I think I'll bump up the OG to 1.085 or so for next fall.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
 

Greg Beron (24.126.0.109)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's raining in Los Angeles, so my plans to fry a turkey went into the oven - literally. Fortunately, the Best Bitter I made for out-of-town guests from England has been much more successful.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 10:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yea Travis... its basically a brown with extract added....
Funny.. one of my most simple beers, yet always a crowd pleaser :)

Walt
 

Aaron MacDonald (66.227.179.8)
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 02:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The family always does turkey dinner part 2 for X-mas to appease some pseudo-vegetarian members -- no complaints here! I must admit, no homebrews in attendance. Since I have started kegging, it's made transporting brews a little difficult. I have found a couple decent commercials to bring in the Yule:

North Coast's Rasputin
De Dolle's 2002 Special Reserve
And a growler of (Traverse City) North Peak Porter

The turkey was great. The Rasputin is a classic. DeDolle was pretty good ... but I didn't realize that it was Flemish sour which isn't my favorite style. The North Peak is decent but a little watery. Still, a great X-Mas.
 

4 Hounds Brewing Co. (69.14.174.145)
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 06:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I went to the sister's house (first time I haven't been thrown out of there!....proud of myself!) for the eve. The wife and I enjoyed a growler of Arbor Brewing Co.'s Rye Ale while my family looked on in disgust (bud light drinkers).

X-Mas day was spent quietly at home with the wife and dogs. I finished off a keg of Am. Brown ale and had some spice beer from last year. Some wine, steak, crab legs, and no inlaws made for a fine evening.

Today I spend kegging and bottling about 42 gallons of beer. All this before a road trip to Chicago to see our Red Wings kick some Blackhawk tail! What a Christmas present!

Merry Christmas to all!

Cheers!

Jim
 

Doug E. Fresh (24.34.218.33)
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 07:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

St. Chuck's Porter, Sam Adams Winter, Sierra Nevada Pale, Guinness and Flying Dog IPA were on the beer menu yesterday.
 

Mike Kessenich (165.189.92.23)
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 08:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sierra Nevada Celebration, I'm still puckering from the grapefruit finish.
 

Bruce Hill (216.233.102.104)
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 11:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Started with champagne cocktails, then a delicious Crown Roast of pork with wild rice & sour cherry stuffing, accompanied by a nice pinot gris or Chocolate Hazelnut Porter / APA for those who chose.

Pumpkin cheese cake for dessert and a growler of Harpoon's Winter Warmer.

It was a nice day...Merry Christmas everyone!

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