Is this self-indulgent? Yes. Isn't that what blogs are for? This is a good chunk of my brew calendar for next year. I'm stoked. If you're nice, maybe you can have some.
1. Belgian Christmas Spice Dark Ale
If you haven't had St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, you haven't lived. I'm thankful for the bottle generously gifted to me by Mark and Emily Sherwood this year. Wonderful! Hoping mine will be 1/4 as good.
A light, spicy beer originally brewed for French farmworkers in the hot summer. No one really knows what an authentic one tastes like, but that leaves a lot of room for experimentation.
3. Bavarian Hefeweizen
Banana and clove. Two of my favorite things in a german wheat beer.
4. Honey Kolsch
Going to try a German Kolsch with a good amount of honey to compliment the fruity yeast.
5. Strong Scotch Ale
Molasses, brown sugar, caramel malt and a lot of time aging in cool temperatures.
6. Belgian Wit
I think i've got the perfect Wit recipe figured out. Lots of oats for smooth creaminess, un-malted wheat berries, Coriander, Orange Peel, and possibly a little lavender.
7. Belgian Strong Golden Ale
This will be Gram's 2nd Birthday Party Beer. The Golden Gram. Takes about 4 months to make, so I'll have to start early.
The German black lager, one of Kelli's favorites.
9. Winter Spruce Ale
Inspired by Alaskan Winter Ale which is brewed with Spruce tips. Still trying to decide if I want to use a liquid spruce essence or go with the real thing.
10. Coffee Cream Stout
Obviously, this is a regular offering at O'Bagby's Pub.