Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Two things tonight. Then I do a review.

First, I've been told by Total Wine's Santa that two great breweries will be shipping their beers to my area starting in February. Those are Southern Tier Brewing and The Bruery. I'm not sure which beers, surely not all of them, but any are a great start, so check out their lists that I linked to. Now these are well-respected breweries with kick-ass (so I'm told) beers; this isn't BillyBob's Brew Shack we're talking about here. Enough said!

Second, I really need to lock myself in my room tonight. No, it's just so I can wrap Christmas presents away from prying eyes. A handful of Sammys and three or four episodes of The Office will help!

Today I'm drinking Winterbraun brewed by Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe in Eureka, California. As usual, their label has a crazy design which makes it incredibly difficult to take seriously these offerings. I must concentrate! Today's picture is Picasso-head-snowboarder-dude with skull on his board going over an icy cliff happily.

The aroma is full of chocolate and caramel, malty with just a touch of vanilla. Flavors start out with chocolate, dark fruits and tons of nuttiness. Roasted and Toasted twins keep wrestling in my mouth, too. Some hops and a good dose of citrus orange balance this beer's flavors really nicely. The finish is more bitter and dry with a lingering nutty aftertaste. Just a light hit of the 6.5% alcohol shows through at the end as well. I really liked this beer. What did it for me was the unique orange and hoppy balance that came along after the big dose of nutty flavors, really a nice combination. Try this beer!

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