It's just another manic Monday. Hope you stuffed yourself silly on Thanksgiving, fought the crowds on Black Friday, and bought locally on Small Business Saturday. Let's skip CyberMonday and focus on what's really important this week - it's time for the Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza!|
We've created 10 different holiday beers, and we're serving nine of them tomorrow from 4 to 10 pm at Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. (Our Chanukah beer will be released on December 14.) As with all of our parties, there will be complimentary appetizers to soak up the alcohol. So without further adieu, here are our holiday gifts to you:
Blitzen: This spiced golden ale is infused with cinnamon, clove, lemon zest and fresh ginger. It is bright gold in color with a strong cinnamon aroma. The flavor mixes bready wheat malt character with underlying ginger notes and a hint of citrus. 4.6% ABV
Brewdolph: This Belgian style red ale features a malty and creamy body. Brewed with the Belgian Ardennes yeast strain, Brewdolph boasts a mild fruitiness and a spicy clove character. 7.7% ABV
Cherry Christmas: Cherry Christmas is a blend of four different beers, including Golden Ale fermented in stainless steel with sour cherries; Golden Ale fermented in Port barrels with sour cherries; Brown Ale inoculated with a lambic blend yeast ale aged in Merlot barrels for four years; and a two-year-old Gueze. This was brewed specifically for this year's Holiday Ale Festival. 5.6% ABV
C-sons Greetings: This is a higher alcohol version of our popular C-Note Imperial Pale Ale, brewed and dry-hopped with even more of the seven "C" hops - Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger. It features a deep copper color with a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. A rich caramel malt finish balances the full hop flavor and endless developing hop presence. 8% ABV
Bourbon Barrel Aged C-sons Greetings: Brewed in February 2011, this was aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for seven months and cellared for an additional month. It has a deep copper color and strong oak aroma with caramel and resinous hop notes. 8% ABV
Holiday Cheer: This robust vanilla porter combines big chocolate flavor and a full body with mellow vanilla notes compliments of whole vanilla beans in the conditioning tank. 6.8% ABV
Jolly Bock: This lager was brewed with a generous amount of Munich malt to develop the deep amber color and rich malt flavor. The malty profile is balanced with a spicy hop bitterness. 7.3% ABV
Old Tavern Rat: This dark, amber colored barley wine was aged for almost a year prior to its release. It has a strong bitterness that is balanced with the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4% ABV
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat: Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine was originally brewed in December 2009, then aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 10 months and cellared for another 13. The dark amber-colored barley wine features a soft oak character with notes of raisins and figs. 9.7% ABV
All of these beers will be pouring tomorrow at Sidebar. Some, but not all, will be pouring at the other four Lompoc pubs. Zach at New Old Lompoc also has a cask conditioned version of C-sons Greetings on the beer engine. Call ahead to your favorite pub to see what's on tap.
Pick up some BBA Old Tavern Rat in 22 oz bottles for a great stocking stuffer. We've also got a Lompoc gift pack with a beanie, pint glass and key chain for $10 - only available at the Fifth Quadrant.
See you tomorrow at Sidebar. Until then, Drink Local. Drink Lompoc!