Yesterday was unexpectedly amazing when Scott from East End tweeted about my humble little blog–guess he liked what I had to say about his Snow Melt Winter Ale! So thanks, Scott, and thanks for making such awesome beer! 🙂
Next up: Thirsty Dog Brewing Company’s The 12 Dogs of Christmas. Clearly, the name drew me in. I had heard of the brewery from our adventures at the Big Pour–we tried their Cerberus Belgian tripel, I believe. (Cerberus? Tripel? Get it?) I was drawn in even more by the label. There were, in fact, 12 dogs in the painting, sitting in or around the bed of an old-fashioned truck. Call it exploiting my weakness, but I was instantly a fan.
The beer itself was quite nice–colors was about what you’d expect from a winter ale. I got some spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, but there were mild and not overpowering. The ale itself was smooth and easy to drink. Unfortunately, though, while I thoroughly enjoyed the beer, I think a heavier beer would have held up better against my meal. I think some of the subtleties of the spices got lost once I started eating my shepherd’s pie, which was flavored with Guinness and heavily spiced–wonderful, but a bit overpowering.
I would definitely get this again. It might not be the most unusual thing I’ll try this holiday season, but it made for pleasant drinking all the same.
(Note: The image isn’t mine…but I thought it was pretty, and showed off the label. Here’s the link to the original.)