15 December 2008

Christmas Beer Social at Max's on the 16th

Okay, seriously, is there anyone reading this blog that is unaware that Max's Taphouse in Fells Point holds a weekly Tuesday Night Beer Social?

Well, tomorrow's promises to be a doozy:

Weyerbacher Winter
Heavy Seas Winter Storm
Whitemarsh Winter Sotice
Whitemarsh Winter Soltice
Southern Tier Chockalt
Troegs Mad Elf 2007
Troegs Mad Elf 2008
Samichlaus Helles
Scaldis Noel
Barbar Winter Bok
Seirra Nevada Celebration
Birra Natale
Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux
la Rulles Cuvee
Corsendonk Christmas
St Bernardus Christmas
Haandbryggeriet Nissefar
Del Ducato Krampus
Wintercoat Yule Ol
Ridgeway Crimanlly Bad Elf
Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf
Anchor Christmas Ale
Mikkeller Not just Another Wit
Struise Tseejes
Thrieiz Noel
Geants Noel De Geants
De Ranke Pere Noel

Of the ones I've had so far, I can't help but sing the praises of the White Marsh Winter Solstice--a rich, chocolate-laden beer weighing in at a relatively modest 5.5%. It was spectacular at the Brewers Art Xmas Beer Tasting, handily the best of the bunch there (although that could well be influenced in part by the "newness" of the beer as opposed to old standbys like Heavy Seas Winter Storm, Victory Hop Wallop, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Weyerbacher Winter, etc.). The Anchor Our Special Ale 2008 (and you must be a beer snob if you refer to it by its proper name, instead of the "Christmas Ale") is also in fine form, as is the Wild Goose Snow Goose.

Waitaminute: Where's the Snow Goose up there, dammit?

1 comment:

Chodite said...

I'm ashamed to admit that I've known about the Tuesday beer socials for a few years now and have never attended one.

BUT, I can weigh in on some of the brews listed.

The St Bernardus Christmas was the first beer I ordered after sitting down @ Max's a few weeks ago. I love their ABT 12 so when I saw the Christmas beer was on tap, it was a no-brainer decision for me. And ooh man, it didn't disappoint.

The Corsendonk Christmas has always been one of my faves. I actually have 2 bottles waiting to be opened before Christmas (props to Honeygo Liquor in Perry Hall for carrying just about every brew on earth!)

The Anchor Chri... I mean, The Anchor Our Special Ale 2008 - was recommended by Bob @ Max's about 5 within a 2 hour period. So I had to eventually try it, even though I've never been big on Anchor. This beer surprised me and I found myself buying a 6 of it just last week.

I wish I could make it tomorrow night. My mouth is watering just from browsing this list!