What We’re Drinkin This Week….

In this episode Brunch Phoenix aka Stacey is in the house for her second episode in a row and Coach Clay from UK Hockey joins us in the 5th seat. We wrap up the UK Hockey season by talking about their trip to the SEC Hockey Tournament, the future of the program and when we might be able to buy UK Hockey Jerseys. We also talk the mess that is the FBI/NCAA basketball investigation, wrap up the Olympics and play Take It or Leave It where Leigh gets fired up about a possible MLB rules change.

Listen to “Episode 101 Flip My Olympic Stadium” on Spreaker.

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The Sharin’ beer this week, is an import from Belgium called Lucifer.  Lucifer is a Belgian style golden ale, even though the artwork and the name would lead you to believe that this beer may have some heat it doesn’t.  We were actually hoping for some heat or maybe a little darkness to the beer, unfortunately it had neither.  Not that it was a bad beer, it definitely delivered what it promised in terms of the style, sweet, fruity and light.  It was good for a belgian golden ale, the artwork and the name was far edgier than the beer.

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Our guest this week opted for a non-alcohlic beverage, going for the Kentucky produced and favorite beverage of Central Kentuckians everywhere, Ale 8 One.  Ale 8 One is produced in Winchester Kentucky and is a staple beverage in this area.  It’s taste is similar to ginger ale and there are caffiene free and diet versions available.  If you’re in the Central Kentucky area, this is a must try beverage.  GBS pro-tip it makes a great mixer for your favorite bourbon.

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Our guest Coach Clay was kind enough to bring us some Braxton Grater’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout.  Now, we’ve had this beer on the show, but he suggested that we drink it warm/ at room temperature.  Lauren decided to make this her beer of the week and of course Carrie wasn’t going to say no.  Don’t get us wrong it’s great on draft and in a cold can, but drinking it at room temperature definitely changed the flavor.  Both Lauren and Carrie agreed that you could taste a more complex chocolate/raspberry flavor at room temperature.  We highly recommend picking some up and trying it for yourself!

 

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Leigh got into some Shacksbury Pet Nat Farmhouse Cider this week.  This was a buy from Pivot in Lexington.  It’s a dry not to fruity cider that Leigh really enjoyed.  Very little sweetness on this one, which in Leigh’s opinion was a good thing.  Very drinkable, highly recommend.

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Two shows in a row for the Brunch Phoenix meant that she was back on the Gose train with Victory Brewing’s Kirsch Gose.  *Please note that even though a bottle is pictured here, she very much had it in the can*  This beer is brewed with coriander seeds (yes that’s cilantro) and is a great representation of th gose style.  Like Goses?  Pick this one up, you really can’t go wrong with Victory.

 

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Carrie’s beer this week comes from White Squirrel Brewery in Bowling Green Kentucky.  We love our Kentucky produced beers and White Squirrel’s Pale Ale is a great lighter beer with some great flavor.  Not much more to say about this beer other than it’s a pretty standard Pale Ale, but we highly recommend it because, well Kentucky!

 

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What better way to celebrate turning 100 than with your own beer!  Thanks again to Derek and Mirror Twin for making it happen!

Its episode 100 y’all! Recorded live at Mirror Twin Brewing! The four OGBS members are in the house. Find out how GBS started, what are favorite moments/episodes have been and also learn some fun facts about each of us. We also talk some Olympics and of course play a brand new round of Take it or Leave it. Thanks to everyone who came out to Mirror Twin, thanks to Derek for making us an awesome beer and thanks to everyone who listens! We’re just getting started!

Listen to “Episode 100 GBS 100 We Do What We Want” on Spreaker.

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100 never looked so good!
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Cheers to 100 more!

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In this episode Leigh has risen from the ashes of the Brunch Phoenix and we also welcome stand up comic and local TV personality Lee Cruse to the 4th chair! We have our first GBS movie review, where we talk about The Cutting Edge. Of course we talk the Super Bowl and we tell how we really feel about Philly fans. Ever hear of Skijoring? Well find out all about it in the GBS fact of the week. Of course we play a new round of Take It or Leave It and Lee Cruse gives some great advice to anyone who has ever thought about being a stand up comic!

Listen to “Episode 97 Powered By Corgis and Lee Cruse” on Spreaker.

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Our guest Lee Cruse stuck to water this week, but that didn’t stop Lauren and Carrie from sharin’ Oskar Blues Brewing’s Ten Fidy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.  This is one of those beers that is high gravity and could sneak up on you if you aren’t careful.  We were surprised that it was 13%, because unlike many barrel aged beers this one was not boozy at all.  It was super smooth and extremely drinkable, hints of coffee, vanilla and roasty goodness really came through.  The groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter so there is still time to enjoy what we would consider cold weather beer.

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Leigh was on the Ciderboys train again this week with their Cranberry Road, an apple cranberry hard cider.  Ciderboys does many ciders very well, unfortunately for Leigh she thought this one was just too sweet.  It definitely had a lot of cranberry flavor, but the sweetness was just too much for Leigh to overcome.  If you like sweet ciders then check this one out.

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Lauren picked a standard brewery this week, going with Samuel Adams’s Cold Snap.  Again 6 more weeks of winter equals our continued foray into cold weather style beers.  The Cold Snap is a pretty solid white ale brewed with spices.  This style of beer is pretty standard for a winter warmer type of beer.  Lauren likened it heavily to a Heffe style beer very similar in flavor to Blue Moon.  If you like Blue Moon, winter warmers or a good heffe then pick this one up.

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Carrie’s beer this week was purchased on name only.  Braxton Brewing’s Dead Blow, a Tropical Stout with Starter Coffee.  Located in Covington Kentucky Braxton likes to make experimental beers, some we’ve had like the Grater’s Black Raspberry Chip stout work really well and others like their Blueberry Pie beer just didn’t do it for us.  The Dead Blow is a good coffee stout.  It wasn’t clear based on flavor where the tropical came into play, Carrie didn’t get any coconut or other tropical flavors from it, but the coffee flavor was really nice.  If you like coffee stouts with cool names, then definitely pick up some Braxton Brewing’s Dead Blow.

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From Left to Right..American Pale Ale, Peach Saison, Funky Sour and Blueberry Mead.

Since our guest Chris Paumi brought us some of his fine home brew beer we don’t have a review on the site of what we drank.  You’ll just have to check out this week’s episode to hear all about his brew.

Lauren and Carrie are holding down the GBS Fort in this episode. Stacey aka the Brunch Phoenix flew to close to the sun on the wings of bottomless Bloody Marys and took Leigh down with her. That’s OK though cause friend of the show, professional chemist and prolific brewer Chris Paumi joins us for a repeat guest appearance. We talk the Cincinnati craft brew scene, Chris talks about his trip to New Zealand and what’s going on with the craft brewing all the way around the world. We also talk a little tennis, Kentucky basketball’s win over WVU and the Super game which shall not be named and of course play Take It or Leave It. Chris brought us a lot of home brew for this one, so give a listen!

Listen to “Episode 96 Send Us to New Zealand” on Spreaker.

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In this episode Stacey returns from her nomadic brunch adventures. Carrie gives a run down of her trip to New Orleans, including why flying sucks, airport porta potties, mary jane on bourbon street, why you should read A Confederacy of Dunces and being one star people dining in a 5 star establishment. We also talk some tennis and the Australian Open, discuss the Winter Olympic team fashion and play a new round of take it or leave it. Be a brunch phoenix and give a listen.

Listen to “Episode 95 Return of the Brunch Phoenix” on Spreaker.

 

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The sharin’ beer this week comes from Sam Adams.  Their Dark Depths Baltic IPA is a small batch special release beer, that if you can still find, we highly recommend picking up.  It’s a dark beer that works really well.  It combines the best of a dark beer with roasty and malty flavors with the best of the citrus of an IPA.  The balance works very well, the dark flavors definitely help balance out the hoppy citrus of the IPA and takes away some of the bitterness.  Stacey, Carrie and Lauren all liked this one, again if you can find it definitely pick it up.

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Leigh’s pick this week comes from Blake’s Hard Cider.  The El Chavo is an interesting cider, we love Country Boy’s Nacho Bait (blonde with Habanero) so we were excited that Leigh finally got a cider with some heat.  Again this is an interesting cider, it’s has less of a traditional cider flavor and more of a mango/heat forward flavor.  If you are interested in beers/ciders with heat and haven’t tried this one yet, definitely recommend.

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Stacey hasn’t been on the show in several, several weeks and she needs to restock her beer fridge and quit raiding Lauren’s.  Her pick this week comes from Lauren’s beer fridge, Fall’s City Pale Ale.  Lauren had Fall’s City Lamplighter a few shows ago and even though the Pale Ale is a different style it didn’t disappoint.  Of course Stacey liked it even more because it was in the can.  If you are looking for a solid pale ale that’s Kentucky proud, check this one out.

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Lauren’s pick this week comes from Magic Hat.  Their Circus Boy is a Hefeweizen (not Half Bison) that has all of the citrus slightly creamy flavor of a Heffe that you want.  It’s unfiltered with a nice haze and decent wheat flavor.  If you like the Heffe style and you haven’t had Magic Hat, pick this one up.

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Carrie’s pick this week comes from Deschute’s Brewery.  Deschutes makes some great beer in many different styles.  In fact we highly recommend their Fresh Squeezed IPA.  Thier Black Butte Porter is no exception to their family of excellent beers.  Not too thick with some subtle roasty flavors, it’s very drinkable and very accessible to porter and non-porter fans alike.  If you like an easy drinking porter pick this one up, even if you are hesitant of porters this would be a good one to try, it may change your mind.

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In this episode we welcome not one, but two guests to the show. Nick Reuss and Kyle Sutton “athletic trainers” at Transylvania University join us to talk more hangover stories, what athletic trainers really do and how concussion protocol is applied to athletes. We play another round of take it or leave it including pump your own gas, the Golden Globes and Bills Mafia table breaking. And of course we finish out our College Football Pick’em with the National Championship game.

Listen to “Episode 93 Hangover Intervention” on Spreaker.

 

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The sharin’ beer this week was selected on name only, but actually turned out to be good beer.  Sweet Water Brewing’s The Pit & The Pendulum is a Belgian Style Ale with Peaches and Brettanomycees.  This beer had the potential to be way too sour, but Kyle, Nick, Carrie and Lauren all agreed that it was a well-balanced beer that was slightly peach forward without being a sour bomb.  As with this style of beer there was some sediment that poured in the bottom of the glass, but don’t let that put you off trying this one.  If you’re already tired of dark/winter type beers, lighten things up with this one.

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Guest Kyle came prepared with a four pack of Rhinegeist’s Experimental J-Hole Red India Pale Ale.  Rhinegeist makes a ridiculous amount of beer and we haven’t found one yet that we haven’t liked.  The Experimental J-Hole is no exception.  It’s an IPA without being too much of an IPA, less bitter on the back end than many IPA’s it’s very drinkable even at 7% and that’s probably why Kyle had two.

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Our other guest Nick came even more prepared that Kyle with a variety pack of Country Boy beers.  Central Kentucky’s own Country Boy brewing makes a variety of delicious beer, but Nacho Bait and Cliff Jumper are two that we highly recommend.  Their Nacho Bait Habanero Blonde Ale is has a great heat balance and the Cliff Jumper is a solid IPA that anyone who enjoys IPAs would like.  Country Boy is becoming more widely available outside of Kentucky, so if you see either of these at your local beer/liquor store pick them both up.

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Leigh doubled up this week and had two CiderBoys Peach County ciders.  CiderBoys make a lot of great cider and the Peach County was no exception.  Not too sweet with a good peach forward flavor, Leigh finished them both.

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Lauren went with a Kentucky brewery this week, Louisville’s Falls City Beer Streetlamp Porter.  At 5.4% this is incredibly drinkable porter.  Even though the percentage is low, this beer still has all the malty, roasted nuttiness, chocolate flavors that you want in a porter.  This is definitely a smooth east drinking porter style beer that you will probably want to have more than one of.

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Carrie was gifted several beers from friend of the show Ben for the holidays and InFamous Brewing’s Sweep The Leg was one of them.  Carrie was pretty excited to try this one, not only because we’ve never had anything from InFamous Brewing, but also because Sweep The Leg is a Peanut Butter Stout Ale, which is one of Carrie’s favorite styles.  Any peanut butter stout is going to be hard to measure up to Blue Stallion’s Ya Damn Skippy, but Sweep The Leg definitely delivered what it promised.  In addition to a great label, the beer itself was very drinkable.  The peanut butter was more subtle than Carrie would have liked, but there was a good balance of chocolate and maltiness that was able to come through.  Great name, very cool label and an overall solid peanut butter stout offering.   We are defintely interested in trying more beer from InFamous Brewing in the future.

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It’s 2018 and on this week’s episode we are talking new year, new you. We welcome Erin Short from The Bliss Between. We talk why we should practice intentions instead of resolutions, how we can maintain happiness in the new year and incorporate mindfulness into our daily routines. We also discuss yoga and where to start. Then we switch gears and talk about our worst hangovers. Leigh and Carrie rail about the PAC-12 and their Refs inability to call games, plus we introduce a brand new segment called Take it or Leave it. Start your year off right!

Listen to “Episode 92 PAC of SUC” on Spreaker.

 

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Carrie and Lauren shared a beer this week, that from the label seemed like it was going to be a gimmicky, artificially flavored, overly sweet beer.  The Blueberry Maple Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company was none of these things and was actually a very pleasant surprise.  Typically this type of beer can have chemically tasting blueberry flavor and be overly sweet.  This blueberry maple stout, however, was a great balance of a chocolate stout, real blueberry flavor and a hint of sweetness.  Both Lauren and Carrie agreed that they could have definitely had another one.  Absolutely a great winter beer, don’t let the label fool you, we highly recommend this one.

 

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Leigh brought her own drink to the table this week with her Dreamscile creation.  This is a frozen rum drink, perfect for parties, tailgates, day drinking or any other time you want a mixed drink that will definitely sneak up on you.

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Our guest this week, Erin Short from The Bliss Between tried Strongbow’s Gold Apple.  Normally not a cider fan, Erin was a bit hesitant with this one at first, but actually ended up liking it.  Normally she doesn’t like cider because of the sweetness, but was really happy with the fact that Strongbow’s Gold Apple wasn’t overly sweet and also a bit dry.  Strongbow is always a solid go to for cider, but the Gold Apple in particular is probably one of their best.

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Lauren’s pick this week comes from New Belgium Brewing, their 1554 Black Lager.  This is an interesting beer that revives a recipe from 1554, thus the name.  This pours dark and has a nice malty flavor, but because it’s a lager isn’t heavy or thick like a stout would be.  A low ABV also makes this a sure I’ll have another beer.  If you want to drink a darker beer during these winter months, but don’t like the heaviness of a porter or a stout this is a great compromise that will give that dark beer feel.

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Carrie keeps riding the dark beer train into January with Deschutes Obsidian Stout.  This is pretty straight forward stout.  Fitting with the name, this beer is very dark in color with all the qualities that you want in a stout.  Malty and with a slightly chocolate finish.  Add this to your winter beer catalog especially if you like stouts.

 

 

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Unfortunately Stacey and Lauren both got the plague, but Shawn from Bourbon and Bad Opinions and Brett from Wine & Pop Tarts both stepped in to fill their seats. We get a winner in our GBS Christmas movie bracket, go another round with our Bowl Mania pick’em, discuss the merits of losing two Lexington iconic buildings and more!

Listen to “Episode 91 Christmas Vacation for the Win” on Spreaker.

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Episode 90 is LIT! It’s our first crossover episode from the Fort Lewis Podcast Productions family of podcasts with Shawn from Bourbon and Bad Opinions joining is in the fourth chair. We talk about the merits of Raf, Transylvania University’s new bat mascot, pick the other side of Christmas bracket and dive into GBS Bowl Mania pick’ems. We also drink some seriously high gravity beer and things get a little crazy. How crazy? Yeah you’ll just have to listen.

Listen to “Episode 90 Girls, Beer and Bad Opinions” on Spreaker.

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The sharin’ beer this week is a good one from Stone Brewing.  This is a great seasonal beer from them, even Shawn who doesn’t really drink beer liked it.  It’s inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate, which, if you’ve never had it do yourself a favor and find some.  You could definitely taste where the inspiration for this beer came from.  It has a really great balance of chocolate, vanilla and spice.  Highly recommend picking this up if you see it anywhere.

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Leigh got on the high gravity train this week with New Day’s special barrel aged release of Johnny Chapman.  Leigh has had the original Johnny Chapman on the show before and really liked it.  In fact we can’t say enough about all the products New Day makes, especially the Magpie Breakfast, a must try by them.  Unlike the original Johnny Champman this is made with molasses and aged in bourbon barrels, thus making it clock in at 12%.  The flavor of this is interesting, due to the fact that there is a distinct molasses taste to it, but it isn’t overly sweet.  Leigh could also definitely taste the bourbon.  At 12% you may want to share this one, although Leigh did drink the whole thing by herself, you’ll have to listen the episode to see how that played out.

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Bourbon and Bad Opinions (podcast) co-host Shawn sat in the fourth chair this week and even though he isn’t a big beer drinker he did get into the spirit of the show with Against the Grain’s Sho Nuff golden ale.  We’ve had Against the Grain products in the past, they make great beer and we can’t say enough about their fabulous can art.  At 4.9% this isn’t a heavy hitter, but if you’re already missing summer this would be the beer to drink in front of the fire while you pretend it’s 90 degrees out.  You can absolutely have more than one, so treat yo self with sho nuff.

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Lauren brought the high gravity thunder this week with her choice of Avery brewing’s the Nuttiest Professor.  She didn’t go the Leigh route and drink this one by herself, at 15% she never would have made it through the show.  This is from Avery’s barrel aged series, a barrel aged imperial peanut stout, it didn’t deliver on peanutiness as much as it did on booziness.  In fact when first poured it was pretty thick, not a ton of peanut flavor on this one, but you will definitely taste the bourbon.  As with a lot of barrel aged beers this one didn’t quite deliver what it promised in terms of balance and overall flavor.  Even at half the bottle though, the 15% treated Lauren right, again you’ll just have to listen to see how that turned out.

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Buying strictly on name only, Carrie ended up with Left Hand Brewing’s Wake Up Dead Nitro Russian Imperial Stout.  We really like Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout, but this one was a little disappointing.  Not sure if it was the nitro or what, but it was almost to smooth for a Russian Imperial Stout.  There just wasn’t the flavor that you would get with this style of beer.  When you drink a Russian Stout you want a nice dark beer that has caramel and roasted malt notes, which just didn’t come through in this one.  Maybe drinking it at room temperature instead of cold may help bring out that flavor.  Might be worth picking up if you want a darker beer without the thickness of a typical Russian Imperial Stout.

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In this episode we are all over the place with topics. We drink Christmas beer in 64 degree weather, talk about the laughing stock that is the Tennessee coaching search,, discuss weather or not we care about Prince Harry getting engaged, talk about the fact that Odell Beckham paid the LSU band director to play a song and pick the Army v Navy game. Most importantly though we pick the first side of our Christmas movie bracket. Why does Lauren hate White Christmas so much and what’s Carrie’s problem with It’s A Wonderful Life? You’ll just have to listen to find out.

Listen to “Episode 89 Home Alone vs Charlie Brown” on Spreaker.

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The sharin’ beer this week comes all the way from Jolly ol’ England, which is probably appropriate since we discussed the future marriage of Prince Harry.  Ridgeway Brewing’s Reindeer’s Revolt is an English Christmas Ale with a really great label.  The beer itself is good, but Stacey, Lauren and Carrie all had different opinions on the flavor.  Carrie felt like this was a standard English Ale, a little bitter, but with none of the flavors of what you might expect in a Christmas Ale.  Lauren and Stacey liked the beer and thought it had a nice carmel flavor and did evoke some notes of Christmas ale.  Either way this is a solid beer with a great label, it is an import so if you can find it it’s worth picking up, especially if you like English Ales.

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Leigh’s voice was on the outs this week so instead of beer or cider she chose to go with the drink of choice for many people suffering with throat trouble or anyone who happens to be an Ole Miss fan, the Hot Toddy.  The classic drink consists of tea, honey, lemon and bourbon.  Leigh had the bourbon (Jim Beam), the tea and the honey.  Unfortunately you need to get the proportions in this drink correct or else it just isn’t gonna taste right.  Leigh didn’t and even though she finished it, it wasn’t great.  It’s still a classic drink though, even if you aren’t having throat trouble and you’re just looking for an adult hot beverage.

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Stacey’s choice this week comes from MadTree Brewing, we can’t say enough about MadTree, they just keep brewing up delicious beer.  Thunder Snow is not only a weather phenomenon, but it’s also a spiced Scottish Ale.  If you’re looking for an alternative to Christmas Ales this might be the beer that you are looking for.  It has a good spice flavor that is balanced nicely by the carmel flavor of the Scottish Ale.  Add this one to your winter beer list and not just for the name.

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We were all in on the Christmas/Winter Ales this week and Lauren’s pick was no exception.  Abita Brewing’s Christmas Ale is another seasonal beer with a great label.  Lauren liked the beer, but found it a bit hoppy for her taste.  If you’re looking for a Christmas Ale that has some hop flavor to balance out those spices pick up some Abita Christmas Ale.

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To finish out the Christmas theme this week, Carrie’s pick comes from Great Lakes Brewing, their Christmas Ale brewed with spices and honey is a very good beer in this style.  The spices and honey are evident, but not overpowering like you get from some Christmas Ales.  If you like this style of beer it’s definitely a recommend, if Christmas Ale’s aren’t your thing we still suggest trying this one, it might change your mind.