Now that the long Christmas weekend is behind us, it’s time to report on the beer-related bounty I obtained, as I do every year. This was a fun year and I got some great and unique beer-related fun.
My girlfriend’s parents got me a new bottle tree and pressure-powered bottle rinser. Any homebrewer who still bottles and knows the woes of trying to properly clean and dry bottles in the sink can appreciate my excitement over this gift. Now I just need to hurry up and have another brew day! My dad got me a subscription to All About Beer Magazine, which I am excited about (it’ll be nice to have some hardcopy beer news & reviews to read away from the computer every month); and my girlfriend’s aunt & uncle got me the two bottles of holiday beer you see pictured above (sorry its blurry, it was shot with a cell phone camera in low light). One of which is a bottle of St Bernardus Christmas ale and the shorter is a bottle of Ridgeway Santa’s Butt. They’re each wearing Beer Bottle Holiday Sweaters which apparently came from Reny’s (which shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve ever been to a Reny’s!).
And for giving (which is always better than receiving), I gave out twenty-two ounce bottles of my new holiday homebrew – a Belgian-style Holiday Ale brewed with Cinnamon and aged on a vanilla bean. I have to say, this was probably my favorite, and most well-received homebrew to date.
What did you get (or give) in your beer stockings this holiday?