i began beernesday last night with two martinis
i love the holiday season!

anyway, after my after-work-schmoozey-do i dutifully headed off to st. augustine's to imbibe in craft beer
i love craft beer!

lagunitas sucks holiday ale - 7.9%  a "cereal medley" of barley, rye, wheat and oats.  full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor
i love when they joyously dry-hop my beer!
and i am in love with this beer - so much hoppy goodness, so many grains - i may have found my new breakfast of champions...
seriously, loved it so much i had to have a whole pint after my taster

tree spiced reserve ale - 7.5%  brewed using a special blend of brewer's spices
special indeed!
no vanilla in sight, just subtle spices all blending nicely on the tongue
this is the tree winter ale i will choose to drink from now on
(no vertical vanilla for me!)

rogue yellow snow ipa - 6.2%  pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma.  big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-pallet (sic).  finishes with a characteristic lingering bitterness
maybe it was the companionship of fuller-bodied maltier ales, but i found the yellow snow less satisfying than in years past
will have to try this one again!

hopworks organic abominable winter ale - 7.3%  made with cascade, centennial and simcoe hops and six organic malts. has complex floral, spicy and citrus hoppiness backed up by just the right amount of malt sweetness.
i really love this winter ale
so hoppy, so malty, so perfect!
if only i could pronounce it after having one...


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