Who knew there was such a thing?
I mentioned in previous post that I’m a member of a homebrewers’ group called the SOBs. This group, and other similar groups, usually have meetings involving sampling and exchanges of various beer. “Beerjudge” of the SOBs came up with the idea of a beer advent calendar and with the help of “Deev-o” did an amazing job of organizing the entire event.
The concept was for 24 brewers to sign up and provide a beer for one day of the advent calendar. That would mean each brewer brewing a special beer and providing 24 bottles of it so that we could each take home one of each of the other brews.
My brew was one from a while ago that I called Hop Dam Harvest Ale. It was brewed with the Hallertau hops that I grow in my backyard and was brewed within the week after harvesting. It was a strong ale and perfect for a cold evening sipper by a fire.
The starting line up.
The event was great! Very kindly hosted by “The_mc”, we had some decent mild weather which allowed us to visit on the back deck and enjoy a fall Sunday afternoon. We sampled many different beers that people brought that were not involved in the advent calendar. All were excellent! I tried a (burnt?) mead, chocolate stout, hopped up amber ale… And a couple of others that I don’t quite recall. 😀
Once all the beers were organized we had a quick group shot of everybody in front of the beer and then we all descended
like vultures in a very organized fashion to fill our boxes with everyone’s beer.
A bunch of SOBs. (Photo credit: Roger Beal)
Here is the list of beer that was brought home:
Beer Style Beer Name
21B. Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer Carobou
American Wheat Bitter Harvest
Pumpkin Wit Witty Pumpkin
American Stout Chocosol Bourbon Stout
Coffee Oatmeal Breakfast Stout D’yermakin’ Me Breakfast
session ale After Thought
Harvest Ale Hop Dam Harvest Ale
Black Currant Wheat You Wee Beastie!
Imperial Stout The Fat Controller
Pineapple pale Magnum PI
16E. Belgian Specialty Ale Pomander
Northern English Brown Off-Kilter
Spiced Rye Bread Ale Two Loaves-a-loafing
Breakfast Stout The Pudney V.2
ginger rosemary ale
Pumpkin Ale The Long Sparge Dark Pumpkin Milk Ale
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ale
Fuller’s 1845 clone 1845ish
Smoked Beer Imperial Smoked Porter
The beer buffet!
Good clean fun and, as far as I know, nobody got hurt!
We start on December first with the sampling and taking notes to exchange with the other brewers. You’ll definitely be updated…