Winter Brews 09: Fabryka Piwa Deep Space



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Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in awesome beer.

Fabryka Piwa Deep Space

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.

Background music is “Jon Benjamin: Jazz Daredevil“, because my husband is a weirdo with a dumb sense of humour.

Winter Brews 08: Schloss Eggenberg Silver Bottle Beer



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Well, bah.

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.

Schloss Eggenberg Silver Bottle Beer

Boo.

Winter Brews Part 7: Naparbier The Crimson Bird Raspberries



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GAZE UPON THE MOST METAL OF BEERS

Naparbier The Crimson Bird Raspberries

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.

Winter Brews Part 6: Loncium Sweet Krampus



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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.

Loncium Sweet Krampus

Winter Brews Part 5: Inveralmond DeMons Belgian Abbey Ale



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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.

Kilts! Haggis! Other vaguely insulting cultural stereotypes!

Winter Brews Part 4: Ticketybrew Rose Wheat



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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.

Probably my favourite brew-based pun to date, if not ever. Cheerio!

Winter Brews Part 3: Teerenpeli Laiskajaakko



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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.

Possibly the classiest label of all time. WELL DONE FINLAND. Their sporting events are probably epic.

Winter Brews 2016 Part 2: Camba Bavaria Bavarian Winter



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The Winter Beer Adventure continues! The second in the belated advent calendar is Camba Bavaria Bavarian Winter, over from Germany with a hoppy punch and some interesting fruity notes on the back end.

These minisodes will air periodically through February, as I gradually make my way through the advent calendar!

Winter Beer 02
Bavarian Winter — sounds like a slightly pants metal band, tastes much better.

 

Winter Brews 2016 Part 1: Birrificio del Doge APA



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Welcome to Winter Brews 2016!

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!

All the way from Italy — a great start to my advent/winter beer adventure!