I did not have high hopes upon seeing the label, but was blown away by what was inside… Fabryka Piwa Deep Space was dynamite! I thoroughly enjoyed this extra stout, and it is probably taking the award for my favourite beer so far as we reach the 33% mark in this European advent beer calendar journey.
We’ve had a lot of highs and very few lows so far, and — despite having the funkiest bottle to date — this is far and away my least favourite beer in the Advent Calendar to date. Silver Bottle is apparently one of the top-selling Austrian beers in Austria, so I guess I’m not terribly surprised that my takeaway is that it’s basically like EuroBud, which is like Air Bud but it’s a beer instead of a dog, it doesn’t play basketball, and it sort of sucks.
And the photo barely does it justice. This needs to be a Yakuza-style full back tattoo, stat.
Great beer, too… the Crimson Bird is definitely one of the highlights of the Advent Calendar to date. From this high, we’re sadly heading for a bit of a low, though… stay tuned for my review of the kind of disappointing Silver Bottle in a few days.
Download the latest Harpy Hour! Terrible confession time: I have been less than ardent in reading the description of all these beers on the Craft BeerAdvent site. Which means, as noted in this minisode, that I drank the Sweet Krampus a bit too chilly to really give it a fair shake. Apologies, then, to the good people at Loncium; I actually quite liked the Sweet Krampus, but hope to give it another go-round next year after letting it rise a bit closer to room temp.
Download the latest Harpy Hour! A Belgian ale from Scotland? Is that cheating? Well, not really. Kind of mixed feelings about this entry into the Trappist beer genre — including whether or not we can REALLY call it Trappist — but a solid Belgian on the whole. Enjoy this minisode, part of the Winter Beer series based on the Craft Beer Imports beer advent calendar.
Download the latest Harpy Hour! The latest minisode from the advent/winter beer calendar from Craft! From England, home of tepid tap temperatures and football violence, comes Ticketybrew Rose Wheat, a surprising beer on lees that offers a lot of ginger as well as a pinch of rose. Not my favourite so far, but definitely an interesting deviation from the norm.
Download the latest Harpy Hour! Ah, Finland! Home of… the Finnish. A proud people that I wish I knew more about. Lutefisk? Is that the one with lutefisk? I’m not sure. But I do know it’s the home of Teerenpeli Laiskajaakko, Beer #3 in my winter brew series (originally the Craft beer advent calendar).
Enjoy this minisode! I’ll be posting another in the next couple of days as the calendar takes us to Old Blighty and a surprisingly rosy entry.
Welcome to a special feature for Harpy Hour in 2016: this year, I ordered the BeerAdvent calendar from Craft. The shipping process had some bugs to work out, so I didn’t wind up getting mine here in Kingston until December 23 — a bit late for “advent” so we’re treating this kind of like a Winter Beer-A-Thon for 2016/17. Enjoy this voyage of discovery!
Beer #1 is Birrificio del Doge APA, all the way from Italy. Expect these minisodes periodically from now through February 2017!