Twelve Days of Christmas brews.

Checking the forum, the last time I posted anything was towards the end of 2020. Since then, COVID remains with us, while we moved from San Diego to Charlotte, North Carolina, then back to San Diego after just 11-months.

I'm just happy we were able to head home to England in October 2019. Talk about good timing.

Anyway, to see in 2022, I did a 12-days of Christmas tasting. Just one beer a day. I decided not to go into wordy reviews of each beer, rather just listing their hop profile and other details. California is the land of milk, honey and hops, so apologies to any non-hop heads, or anyone who isn't keen on adjuncts!

1) Christmas Day: NoDa Brewing Co, North Carolina - "Captain Peanut Butter's Chocolate Revenge" (9.2%). Imperial Porter brewed with cocoa nibs and roasted peanut butter (16oz can).

2) Boxing Day: AleSmith Brewing Co, California - "Roll of the Dais" Speedway Stout (14.3%). Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and loaded with Raspberries and topped off with cocoa nibs, vanilla and Vietnamese espresso (on tap). This was bloody delicious!

3) December 27th: Moksa Brewing Co, California -"Berkeley Haze" IPA (7.00%). Hazy IPA with Citra, Sultana, Eldorado, Idaho 7 and Centennial hops (on tap).

4) December 28th: Beachwood Brewing Co, California - "Tower of Flower" IPA (6.8%). West Coast IPA with Galaxy, Cashmere and Nelson hops (on tap).

5) December 29th: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co (North Carolina location)/Moksa Brewing Co, California collaboration - "Walking with Darkness" (11.0%). Imperial Stout with vanilla beans and almonds (22oz bottle).

6) December 30th: Saint Archer Brewing Co/Gravity Heights Brewing Co (both California) collaboration - "Double Dry Hopped Cryo Buddies IPA" (6.4%). Hazy IPA with Citro Cryo, Mosaic Cryo and Cascade hops (on tap).

7) New Year's Eve: Fremont Brewing Co, Washington - "Dark Star:Spice Wars" Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Stout, with spices, 2018 edition (13.4%). This particular edition of Dark Star:Spice Wars was a blend of 24, 18, 12, and 8-month Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star aged in 7-12-year old Kentucky bourbon barrels.
Malts = 2-Row Pale, Roast Barley, Crystal-60, Chocolate, and Carafa-2 malts with Flaked Oats.
Hops = Columbus, Willamette, and Cascade (22oz bottle).

Three-years of aging had beautifully mellowed out this beer. The bourbon presence was in the background and this was a silky smooth delight. Fremont, out of Seattle, are one of my very favourite American breweries. They always excel.


8) New Year's Day: Fremont Brewing Co, Washington - "Headfull of Dynomite" IPA (6.8%). Hazy IPA with Idaho-7, Idaho-7 Cryo, Chinook, Cashmere and LupoMax hops.

Headfull of Dynomite (as they spell it) is a six-weekly revolving series of this IPA. The malt bill and yeast always remains the same, just the hops change on each rotation. This one was version No. 33 (16oz can).

9) January 2nd: Burgeon Brewing Co/Alvarado Street Brewing Co (both California) collaboration - "All Forms" DIPA (8.5%). Hazy Double Dry Hopped IPA with Mosaic T-90, Mosaic Incognito and Mosaic Cryo hops (16oz can).

10) January 3rd: AleSmith Brewing Co, California - "Heavy Forge Imperial Stout" (13.9%). Imperial Stout aged in Grand Marnier barrels with cocoa nibs (on tap).

11) January 4th: AleSmith Brewing Co, California - "Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout" (14.4%). Imperial Stout aged in Brandy and Maple Syrup barrels with almonds, vanilla and coffee (on tap).

12) January 5th: Pure Project Brewing Co, California/Eighth State Brewing Co, South Carolina collaboration - "Circular Paradigm" (13.0%). Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout with Sri Lankan coconut and organic Vermont maple syrup (on tap).

The two brewers of Pure Project learned their craft brewing in Costa Rica and have a deep appreciation for all things organic and green. Pure Project also has a string of awards for their eco-friendly brewing practices and a cult following of which the likes I've never seen. And their beers are stellar too!

So, that's my take on the Twelve Brews of Christmas. There's always something to talk about when we have Happy Hour almost every day!

Have a safe new year, everyone.