Lompoc Brewing is up to it again. Much like last year, they are going all out to help us celebrate with seven holiday themed beers to help us cope with the forth-coming insanity. This number is down from last year when ten offerings were on the table. Still no disappointment, and solid as always. This year I was joined by good friend and long time supporter of #pdxbeergeeks, Daniel Roy, along with other fine members of the Portland beer culture scene.
First up was the Jolly Bock. A wonderful lager with a rich malt character, balanced with a spicy hop bitterness.
Our next offering was the ever delightful 8 Malty Nights. A chocolate rye beer lightly hopped with English hops.
#pdxbeergeeks - I really enjoyed this more then last years batch. Drinking it is like sitting around after a good hearty meal just hanging out with family and friends.
Franc'ly Brewdolph was next. Aged for a year in Cabernet barrels, this Belgian style red ale has a malty and creamy body.
C-Sons Greetings is one I'm always looking forward to each season, so I was glad to see it in the line up. An incredible Imperial IPA.
Ahhh the Old Tavern Rat. An aged barley wine that has a strong bitter, yet well balanced sweetness.
Last but not least was the Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy. A collaboration beer with the Ladies of Lagers and Ales (LOLA). After this Wee Heavy was made, it was aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for nine months.
Also in the line up will be Blitzen, a spiced golden ale that wasn't ready for the preview. Certainly each of these beers will provide you with memories of past holiday times. You can sample each of these tonight at Sidebar from 4-10 for the annual Lompoc Holiday Release Party. Hope to see you there!!