Beer #36 Old Humbug

S.O.B. Old Humbug


Name: Old Humbug

Style: Winter Warmer

Brewery: Southern Oregon Brewing Company  website

Country: USA

Region:  Medford, Oregon

ABV: 8.20%

How served: 22 oz capped bottle poured into a Rochefort chalice.     

My Overall Opinion: Good

I paired this beer with: An assortment of hard cheeses and sausage.  

Tasted on: Monday November 30, 2009

Note: I’m glad I had a chance to try this beer.  The 1st few sips tasted like I was drinking a barleywine instead of a winter warmer.  Maybe that was due to the 8.20% ABV.  Anyway, if you ever find this beer give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

This is the 5th of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There are now only 24 more beers until Christmas!

 From their website: “Old Humbug II (will return next October) This year’s holiday seasonal is a more traditional winter warmer and will be released in late October. If you recall, last year’s Old Humbug was a Strong Lager with a subtle star anise infusion. This year, Anders has created a very tasty, traditional British style winter warmer, utilizing an ale yeast strain instead of our usual house lager strain. Although this is a stylistic departure from our usual creations, you will not be disappointed. With generous amount of Castle Special B malted barley, which lends a hint of dark molasses flavor, and Challenger, Glacier, Newport and US Golding hop additions balancing the robust yet smooth malt profile, Old Humbug II comes in with a 8.2% Alcohol by volume (ABV) which will keep your tummy warm on those cold winter nights that are just around the corner. Limited quantities of this hand crafted gem are available For those of you who can’t make it to the Tap Room, Old Humbug II has found its way into select local and Portland area accounts but its disappearing quickly.” 

Beer #35 Jubelale

Deschutes Jubelale, a Festive Winter Ale 2009

Name: Jubelale

Style: Winter Warmer

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery  website

Country: USA

Region:  Bend, Oregon

ABV: 6.70%

How served: 12 oz bottle poured into a La Mère Noël glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: Chocolate.  

Tasted on: Sunday November 29, 2009

Note: This is the 2009 vintage. 

 This is the 4th of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There are only 25 more beers until Christmas!

From their website: “Every year, fall’s crisp, cool air signals the imminent arrival of winter. Thoughts of snow, friends and family, the holidays, and — Jubelale. Brewed with dark crystal malt creating a luscious holiday note with bountiful hops to excite your taste buds— it’s easy to see why Jubelale is the perfect complement to the season.

For the past 15 years, Deschutes Brewery has selected a local Oregon artist to create an image evocative of the season’s festive atmosphere.  The intricate and unique art on the label enhances the Jubelale experience much like beautiful wrapping paper enhances a gift.

Central Oregon artist, Tracy Leagjeld, had fresh snow in mind when she designed the label for this year’s Jubelale.

“One of my favorite things about Central Oregon winters is how often we wake up to blue skies after a winter storm,” said Leagjeld. “In this painting, I was trying to convey the feeling of a crisp snowy morning being warmed by the sun’s rays, and how lucky we are to have the Deschutes National Forest as our backyard playground.”

You can view more of Tracy’s work on her blog or on Tumalo Art Company’s web site where you will find some past Jubelale artists, as well.

For a trip down memory lane, view this year’s retrospective poster!”

Jubelale Labels 1988-2009

216 calories per 12 oz serving   Available : October to December   Alc. by Vol.  6.7%  IBUs 60
Ratings, Awards & Notables
Silver Medal, Ale-Other Category
2007 Australian International Beer Awards

Silver Medal, Ale-Other Category
2006 Australian International Beer Awards

Gold Medal, 93 Points
2006 World Beer Championships

92 – Exceptional
Beverage Testing Institute – 1/99

Gold Medal, Bottle Conditioned Strong Ale category
1998 Real Ale Festival

“Poetry from the tap.”
Steve Johnson, America’s Best Brews

Silver Medal, Strong Ale category
1991 Great American Beer Festival

Gold Medal, Strong Ale category
1990 Great American Beer Festival

Beer #34 Kloster Jul

Ølfabrikken Kloster Jul

Name: Kloster Jul

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: Ølfabrikken  website

Country: Denmark

Region:  Roskilde

ABV: 9.5%

How served: 750 ml coked and caged bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.   

My Overall Opinion: Amazing

I paired this beer with: nothing.  

Tasted on: Saturday November 28, 2009

Note: This is a beer brewed with cherry juice and licorice root.  The cherry juice is very mild in taste and is not as sweet as you would expect.  This is a beer to be sipped by the fireplace, that is unless you live in S. Florida.   Hunt down this beer!!!!

  This is the 3rd of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There is only 26 more beers until Christmas!

From their website: “Ølfabrikken Klosterjul is a complex Christmas beer inspired by trappist beer and brewed with cherries from Stevns and liquorice root. The colour is chestnutty with creamy foam on top.”


Beer #33 Santa’s Little Helper

Santa's Little Helper by Port Brewing Co.

Name: Santa’s Little Helper

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery: Port Brewing Company  website

Country: San Marcos, California

ABV: 10.0%

How served: 22 oz bomber, capped bottle poured into a Bavik glass. 

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: nothing, but had during an intense game of péntanque (a.k.a. boules).

Tasted on: Friday November 27, 2009

Note:  This is the 2nd of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There is only 27 more beer until Christmas!  I would say to hunt down this beer, as it is good to have on a “cold” Florida night.

 From their websiteEach and every yer, the Jolly Old Fatman sits down and compiles a list of who’s been naughty and nice. It’s curious that he never knows which list to put our brewers on as this is one naughty but incredibly nice beer.

Originally brewed at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach in November of 1997. As dark as the biggest lump of coal Santa can deliver, this beer has earned a dedicated following and is code named Satan’s Little Hangover by those who have indulged in a holiday like manner from time to time.

Originally shipped from London to the Czarist rulers of Russia, Imperial Stouts are stronger, richer and more robust versions of traditional stouts. The increase in alcohol content means that literally, many of these beers are a meal in a glass all on their own. Made from copious amounts of Roasted and Black Barleys, our stout invites you to share a silky black body with hints of freshly pulled espresso from the coffee house, melding with dark bitter sweet chocolate from a Belgian Chocolateer and the ash of a smoldering fire on a dark winters night.

Just remember that somewhere out there, the jolly old fat man is making a list and checking it twice. He knows who’s been naughty and nice… Might we suggest that you forgo the Milk with the cookies this year and leave him of bottle of something incredibly nice- Say like Santa’s Little Helper? Mrs. Clause would probably like some as well. That is if Rudolph doesn’t drink it all himself. Bad Reindeer.

Malts- Two Row, Wheat, Domestic and English Crystal, Roasted, Black and Chocolate Malts
Hops- Phoenix, Challenger and East Kent Goldings
Yeast- White Labs California Ale and Proprietary Yeast Strains

Original Gravity- 1.092
Terminal Gravity- 1.014
10.5 % ABV

Draft- Available in Southern California and Arizona 22 Oz Bottles and Cases- At Port Brewing San Marcos and Pizza Port Carlsbad, San Clemente and Solana Beach and wherever better beers are sold.

Beer #32 Improvisación

Cigar City Improvisacion

Name: Improvisación

Style: Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing website

Country: USA

Region: Tampa, Florida

ABV: 7.50%

How served: 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

My Overall Opinion: Amazing

I paired this beer with: my second helping on pecan pie of the day.

Tasted on: Thursday November 26, 2009

Note: Another great beer from Cigar City.  I have yet to have one of their beers disappoint me.  Like most of their beers I’ve tried, they tend to improve as the beer warms a bit in the glass. 

“Improvisación is an all malt ale brewed with a nod to artisans everywhere who have passionately pursued their craft while embracing improvisation. This is a bottle conditioned ale. Pour gently.”

Beer #31 Autumn Maple

Autumn Maple

Name: Autumn Maple

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: The Bruery website

Country: USA

Region: Placentia, California

ABV: 10.50%

How served: 750 ml capped bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: the classic American Thanksgiving meal with all the works.

Tasted on: Thursday November 26, 2009

Note: This beer wasn’t overpowering spicy, but might have been a bit too sweet.

 “Autumn Maple is brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!), this autumn seasonal is a different take on the “pumpkin” beer style. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, this bold and spicy beer is perfect on a cold autumn evening. (ABV: 10%, IBU: 25, SRM: 15, Format: 750 mL bottles and draft).”

Beer #30 Blind Pig

Blind Pig

Name: Blind Pig

Style: IPA

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region: Santa Rosa, California

ABV: 6.10%

How served: 500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: some pre-thanksgiving snacks.

Tasted on: Thursday November 26, 2009

Note: Great nose, but what does one expect when you get a fresh Californian hopped beer.  Bottled on 10 30 09

 “Blind Pig IPA: Blind Pig IPA was originally brewed by Vinnie at Blind Pig Brewing Co. in Temecula CA. Inspired by the original Blind Pig IPA, this beer is loaded with hop character but only has 6.0% ABV.

6.0%ABV, 1.060 O.G

Silver Medal, 2007 GABF (American IPA)
Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (American IPA Category)

Available year round in the pub, for distribution, and in 500mL bottles.”

Beer #29 Solstice d’hiver


Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Solstice d'hiver

Name: Solstice d’hiver

Style: Barleywine

Brewery: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel!  website

Country: Canada

Region: Montréal, Quebec

ABV: 9.8%

How served: 11.5 oz bottle poured into a La Mère Noël glass. 

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: Pecan pie, a pre-thanksgiving snack.

Tasted on: Thursday November 26, 2009

Note:  This would have been a great beer to end the evening with, but I had it as an aperitif. I think it would do well if it was aged a year or two.

This is the 1st of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas Eve.

From their websiteSolstice d’hiver (Winter solstice)
Barley Wine – 9% alc./vol.
341 ml (11.5 fl.oz.)

This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavours in the beer.

Solstice d’hiver is brewed only once a year, at the end of the summer. It is then aged for a few months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting mid-December of each year, until stocks last.

The Solstice d’hiver was born in our Montreal brewpub in December 1998

Places #3 Funky Buddha Lounge


The Draught List at Funky Buddha

Name: Funky Buddha Lounge

Where: Boca Raton, Fl

When: Wednesday November 25, 2009

Type:  bar/pub

Style/Theme:  Hookah Bar (also have a good selection of wine & teas)

Beers on tap: 10

Beers by the Bottles: 50+

Website: NEW Website    Myspace page  Click here

Overall:  Great place.  We ordered sushi from the Japanese restaurant a few doors down.  They do have their own “snack” or you can also choose off the menu of the Thai restaurant in the same plaza.   Since it was Wednesday, it is Open Mike Night.  We got there about 7:30 pm before the place started to get busy.  About 8pm or so the “acts” started to come in and sign up on the performers list.  At 9pm they charge $3 per person to be donated to charity and the Open Mike Show started.

We had the following “sampler” before the meal and then enjoyed a full glass of Gulden Draak.  I have been here many times and will return again in the future.  As a side note they are trying to expand the business in the other side of the plaza to include tuning the Funky Buddha into a Brewpub.

Lf to Rt Ten Fidy; Espresso Milk Stout; Monk in the Trunk; Pear Cider & Tangerine Wheat.

Tangerine Wheat by  Lost Coast website  OK

Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout by Terrapin website Very Good

Ten Fidy by Oskar Blues website Amazing

Monk in The Trunk by Jupiter Brewing website  Good

Pear Cider by Woodchuck website OK

 By the full glass Gulden Draak  by Van Steenberge website Very Good

Beer #28 Side Project Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale

Terrapin Side Project #7 Maggie's Farmhouse Ale

Name: Side Project #7 Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company  website

Country: USA

Region: Athens, Georgia

ABV: 6.0%

How served: 22 oz capped bomber poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series glass. 

My Overall Opinion: Good

I paired this beer with: Steamed salmon, couscous & asparagus.

Tasted on: Monday  November 23, 2009

Note:  This is a limited one time batch brew.  This was volume 7 in what so far has 9 volumes.

 From their website:  Welcome to the next version of Terrapin’s Side Project series of beers. Volume #7 “Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale.” Brewing this style of beer was as exciting as it was challenging because of it’s high fermentation temp. (90 F) and its finicky yeast strain. You’ll get all the aroma and flavors you’d expect from a farmhouse ale out of Maggie’s. The nose is a combination of grassy and spicy yeasty notes with an underlying bready earthiness character. The flavor is slightly sweet up front with a tartness in the middle followed with a white pepper/tart finish. Maggie’s offers the beer lover an old world style that is very pleasing to drink by itself or paired with fine foods. Cheers! Spike

Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale:

ABV: 6.0%

IBUs: 25

O.G.: 14.7

F.G.: 3.6

Malts: 2-Row Malt, Vienna, Rye, Wheat, Flaked Oats, Acidulated

Hops: Super Styrian, East Kent Golding, Hallertau Hersbrucker

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