Name: Goose Island Christmas Ale
Style: Brown Ale
Brewery: Goose Island website
Region: Chicago, Illinois
How served: 650ml capped bottle poured into a Postel chalice.
I paired this beer with: Gnocchi and an Italian sausage based marinara sauce.
Tasted on: Friday December 04, 2009
Note: This is their 2009 version. The bottle says “develops in the bottle over 5 years”, well I didn’t want to wait 5 years, so I drank some today. Glad I did, as I do have a few other bottles to see how it ages. Bottle also say “Best enjoyed in a nonic pint”, well I chose my Postel chalice instead, don’t hink it effected the flavor in a negative way. Grab a bottle and see.
“Every year to celebrate the holiday season, we brew up our Christmas Ale, and with each year we change the recipe slightly so that you have something special to look forward to. Traditionally, our Christmas Ale is a complex brown ale that develops well in the bottle for up to five years.”
Tides and Tidings of Goodwill:
“It has been the tradition at Goose Island to change the recipe of our Christmas Ale so that each year we can share a newly brewed gift with our friends and community. Starting in 2009, we’ve decided to extend the tradition of giving with a gift to a Chicago charity that helps to spread holiday cheer. We are donating a portion of the profits from this year’s Christmas Ale to the Chicago Christmas Ship. Each year the ship sails from the shores of Michigan to Chicago with a hull of Christmas trees to be given to many disadvantaged families in Chicago. This year by raising a glass to toast the holidays with your friends and family, you can help us raise a tree – and the spirits – of another Chicago family.”
Learn more about the Chicago’s Christmas Ship at www.christmasship.org
Style: Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.7
International Bitterness Units: Change year to year
Hops: Change year to year
Malt: Pale, Extra Special Briess, Dark
Preferred Glass: Nonic
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º
Food Pairings: Ham, Turkey, Lamb
Cheese Pairings: Aged Gouda, Dry Jack
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years
This is the 9th of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas. There are now only 20 more beers until Christmas!