To Øl 1 is a recent brewery with a lot of success and a huge following. The commercial brewing began in 2010. In 2014 Ratebeer.com ranked them as the 9th best brewery in the world. They currently export to 40 countries. On to the beer…
Ton of… Christmas pours a opaque hazy blush pink, with a huge head of blush tinged foam. It has a vivid tart taste. It’s brewed as a Berliner Weisse along with cherries, redcurrant, and prunes. The fruit provides a kaleidoscope of flavors resulting in a complex, interesting beer. The tart fruit taste is a refreshing change from the syrupy malt bombs that are passed off as Christmas beers these days.
Ton of… Christmas weights in at 8.1% ABV. Look for the cute Elves on the label.
To Øl brews a number of Christmas-themed beers. And even sells a beer Advent calendar. Take a look at them here. I’d love to try the rest of their Christmas beers, especially the barrel-aged versions.
Mikkeller of Denmark is a relative new-comer on the craft beer scene, but boy have they made an impact! They brew unique, experimental beers valued by beer-lovers. Red/White Christmas is one of their Christmas beers. My bottle is a magnum, 1.5 liters, and a year in the cellar.
Red/White Christmas pours deep golden with nice white head of foam. The aroma has sweet malts, pears, yeast, candy sugar, and wheat. This beer is actually a combination of a British Red Ale and a Belgian Wit Bier. The taste begins with sticky candy malts, a little farmyard funk from the Belgian yeast, resin and orange peel from the hops. The spices in my bottle are well integrated and not individually distinct. There’s a tang in the midpalate followed by a hop-bitter finish. It’s 8% ABV with good carbonation.
Childhood friends Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Keller began experimenting in with malts, hops, water and yeast in the early 2000s. By 2005 Mikkel’s brother started selling bottles of their “kitchen experiments” to craft beer lovers. These days Mikkeller is distributed to 40 countries and rarely fails to disappoint.
Evil Twin Brewing of Denmark makes a number of Imperial Stouts including a Christmas beer brewed with sour cherries. Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room takes the record for the longest name, and is an excellent Imperial Stout.
Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room pours almost black with a thin tan head that goes to a few bubbles and lace quickly. The aroma is of
Evil Twin Brewing of Denmark, has set up shop in the USA. Famous for many outrageous beers, their Imperial Biscotti Break is an Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, almonds, and vanilla – everything a good coffee break needs. Their Christmas beer is Imperial Biscotti Break Natale Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top. You guessed it, it’s made with sour cherries.
Imperial Biscotti Break Natale pours black with a chocolate head of foam that reduce quickly, and re-emerges with a swirl of the glass. It smells sweet with cocoa, caramel, and dark Kirsch Cherries. The flavor is creamy, full-bodied cocoa and coffee, followed by fruits: cherry and amaretto. It’s sweet, but also a slight tug on your cheeks, ending in a smooth bitter finish. There’s a lot happening in the glass! On further tasting, it’s a bowl of creamy chocolate chip cookie dough, covered in thick toasted caramelize stout with dark Kirsch Cherry syrup poured over it all. It’s 11.5% ABV, my year-old bottle has no booziness to betray that large alcohol punch.
I love this in a glass. It would be wonderful over ice cream. And certainly in front of the fire.