Ridgeway Santa's Butt Winter PorterSaturday night was my friend Chandler's annual holiday party, which has become a reason for everyone to bring bombers and share some beer and yuletide joy. Here's a shot of the railing on the porch at the beginning of the night. That didn't include probably another 8-10 bombers that arrived later.
One of the many bombers passed around was Ridgeway's Santa's Butt Winter Porter. As a lover of porters, winter beers, Santa, and ass, I was predictably a fan of this beer. Ridgeway has a good line of winter beers, including Bad Elf, Very Bad Elf, Seriously Bad Elf, and Lump of Coal, all of which I have enjoyed at one time or another. If you see any of them in your local liquor store or tavern, grab at least one.
Name: Santa's Butt Winter Porter
Brewery: Ridgeway Brewery
Location: South Stoke, United Kingdom
Good for drinking if: your goddamned babysitter informs you via text message at 11:46 p.m. that she expected you home around 11:30 p.m. so that she can go out for her friend's birthday, and you need a robust road soda for the walk home, while you ponder whether you will be explaining to the babysitter that she will never see your children again
Rating (out of 5 stars): 4.25 stars
St. Bernardus Christmas AleYesterday was Daughter's birthday party. We had a reptile guy and cake. Chances are, I saw a turtle bigger than any turtle you saw yesterday. Later that night, I watched a horrible Sunday Night Football game in neither Deandre Hopkins nor Danny Amendola scored a touchdown. On the bright side, while watching said football game, I enjoyed a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale. I'm a big fan of the Belgians and their beer (and their waffles and their frites, but that's a topic for another month-long daily blog series), and I've never had a St. Bernardus variety that I haven't enjoyed. Their Christmas Ale is very good. It's basically a strong dark Belgian ale with some winter spices. If you like that sort of thing, you'll like this. But at 10% ABV, like a twelve-foot ball python, it's both delicious and dangerous.
Name: St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
Brewery: Brouwerij St. Bernardus
Location: Watou, Belgium
Good for drinking if: there are no longer 20 children under the age of 7 in your house
Rating (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars