What makes a Christmas Beer?
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The results are in, and the 2011 winner is Joe Damgaard! Thanks to all for the entries and the best kind of holiday wishes!
Congratulations to all the winners of the Holiday Homebrew Competition! We judged fantastic beers all around.
Holiday Cheer competition results
1st – Joe Damgaard, “Cranberry Christmas Stout”
Brian and Dan Taylor "Sweet Orange Christmas Beer”
3rd – Brent
T. Boden “Yuletide Warmer”
4th – Thomas Larson “Mistress for Christmas”
The contest is over for 2011.
Ho Ho Homebrewers!
Here’s a yuletide present for you - an American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned event for holiday beers. Sponsored by BierWerks Brewery in Woodland Park, CO, entries accepted for one category only - 21.B, (Spice, Herb
and Vegetable) Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer.
WHAT IS A CHRISTMAS BEER?
Let’s face it - this is one broad category. Ales and lagers, spices and dried fruits - this beer can be anything that
recalls the flavors and scents of the holidays. According to style guidelines, these beers are often amber or darker, leaning towards the malty end of the spectrum.
Spices and other adjuncts can range from molasses to mint to spruce.
A specific description can be found on the Beer Judge Certification Program web site here: Christmas Beer
The BJCP describes it this way, in brief - “A stronger, darker, spiced beer that often has a rich body and warming finish suggesting a good accompaniment for the cold winter season.”
Sounds fun, eh? And that’s what this whole thing is about. A chance to have some fun, brew some beer and share it with friends.
At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
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