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Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest, and Most Unusual Holiday Brews Hardcover – September 23, 2008
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"Russell gives readers the lowdown on the best of these holiday offerings..." ~The Wine Buzz
“It is the first comprehensive collection." ~About Beer Magazine
"...a comprehensive look at holiday brewing history and tradition..." ~The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The book is an entertaining history of holiday beer...” ~The Philadelphia Weekly
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From Pittsburgh's St. Nikolaus Bock to Belgium's Stille Nacht, and from Seattle's Snow Cap to Japan's Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale, there's a Winter Warmer out there to put anyone in the holiday spirit. Don Russell has traveled the world sampling and celebrating, keeping a list of what's naughty and nice. Here he profiles the fifty greatest holiday brews as well as dozens of other beers that are sure to put a twinkle in your eye. Packed with anecdotes and trivia, tasting notes, and recipes for special holiday drinks and dishes.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa's Butt-it's a porter from South Stoke, England.
Top Customer Reviews
Snuggle into an overstuffed chair by the fireplace and revel in the charms of this delightful and insightful book. In the turn of each page, you will be immersed in traditions of Christmas past. Russell, alias award-winning author Joe Sixpack of the Philadelphia Daily News, seduces the reader with welcoming warmth as he alights on a journey across generations. He regales us with stories of wassailing and ancient yuletide raucousness. Among his many narratives, is the tale of a grisly butcher and the miracle of Nicholas, the bishop of Myra. He recounts stories of the European and Viking traditions of Sinterklass and relays the history of American Thomas Nast who gave us our image of that jolly old elf.
Russell takes us through Europe to Nordkapp Bryggeri, the northernmost brewpub in the world, located just 1,311 miles from the North Pole, and southward to Castle Eggenberg in Austria to see the blessing of Samichlaus Beer. We travel to America, into the little town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with its sassy Rude Elf Reserve, and westward to California, where Anchor Brewing celebrates the Christmas Beer of medieval villages and Shmaltz Brewing celebrates the Festival of Lights with He'brew Jewbelation.
Christmas Beer features more than 150 Winter Specialty beers that celebrate the season. Mr. Russell presents a chapter of "The World's 50 Best Christmas Beers," along with full-color photos that stimulate desire for a splash of malt and spice across the lips, accompanied by that warming sensation down the throat.Read more ›
The book had opportunities to dig more indepth on the different beers and be more descriptive -- but, I'm hard-pressed to criticize any book devoted to Christmas beer.
If you love this type of beer and look forward to this season, I highly recommend this book -- it is a fun read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read, especially if you are into brewing or craft beer.Published 18 months ago by Cheri Boardman
Made a great stocking stuffer gift for my beer geek husband.Published 19 months ago by GeekyBeachBabe
Unique gift for the person who has everything. Bought it as a gift. A beer lover. Recipient really liked it.Published on May 6, 2011 by Just My Opinion