Name: Nut Cracker AleStyle: Winter Warmer
Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Co. website
Region: Kansas City, Missouri
ABV: 5.90 %
How served: 12 oz capped bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokehouse glass.
I paired this beer with: Lasagna.
Tasted on: Friday December 18, 2009.
Note: This was a wonderful beer. Very smooth and drinkable. I am glad I was able to find this beer and had an opportunity to try it. Hope you have a chance to try this one too.
On the label: Happy Holidays from everyone at Boulevard Brewing Company – 2009- Steven Pauwels. Brewing Beer Elf Since 1999. Our Unfiltered Winter Warmer.
From their website:
STYLE: Winter Warmer
AVAILABILITY: November through December; bottles and draught
INGREDIENTS: Pale, Aromatic, Special B & Munich malts, malted wheat. Magnum, Cascade & fresh Chinook hops
STARTING GRAVITY: 16.0 degrees Plato
ALCOHOL: 4.8% by weight, 5.9% by volume
BITTERNESS UNITS: 31 IBUs
Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s holiday gift for real beer lovers. This hearty, warming brew is a classic winter ale, deep amber in color, with hints of molasses balanced by the “spiciness” of freshly harvested Chinook hops.
SENSORY DESCRIPTION: Many foods don’t stand up to this strong beer, so rich strong-flavored foods work best. Nutcracker Ale is also a great digestif. Flavor hooks: caramel, spice
AVERAGE EBC COLOR:
PAIRINGS: Hearty red meat dishes and wild game, strong cheese, dark chocolate, caramel desserts
This is the 23th of my daily Christmas beer, on my quest for a Christmas beer a day from Thanksgiving to Christmas. There are now only 6 more beers until Christmas!