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MYSTERY GIFT HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN VS. SNOWCASE WINTER SHOWDOWN – DAY 19

coulrophobia vs. salty scot

Here we have another case of a style of beer that I love vs. a style of beer that (judging by the cover) should be the more wintry choice.  I have not have not tried either of these beer, but I am excited to get them in my belly.  My money is on Parallel 49’s… Read More

MYSTERY GIFT HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN VS. SNOWCASE WINTER SHOWDOWN – DAY 18

Phillips Skookum Cascadian Dark Ale vs. Central City's Imperial IPA

Looking at the bottles, neither of these really scream Winter, or Festive… or Holidays for that matter. I don’t think anyone would normally drink either of these in succession.  On the one side you’ve got a hopped up brown ale that will likely be interesting.  I kind of had a thing for Brown Ales a… Read More

MYSTERY GIFT HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN VS. SNOWCASE WINTER SHOWDOWN – DAY 17

Day 17

This might get interesting.  As it gets closer to the big day, Parallel 49 chucks in another Christmas titled beer.  This gives it an obvious advantage because its sole purpose is to spread Festive cheer.  On the other hand, we have an IPA with a bit of Rye to dirty it up and make it… Read More

MYSTERY GIFT HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN VS. SNOWCASE WINTER SHOWDOWN – DAY 16

Longboat Chocolate Porter vs.Red Racer IPA

Today’s subjects are a weird pair.  We’ve got an average IPA in one corner and Chocolate treat that I have never tried in the other.  I can’t seem to wrap my head around this battle and how they might compare.  They are such vastly different styles that I don’t know who to root for.  It’s… Read More

MYSTERY GIFT HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN VS. SNOWCASE WINTER SHOWDOWN – DAY 15

Phillips Oatmeal Stout vs. Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

 Well this will be interesting. We’ve got a good old friend of mine that is super versatile and full of energy up against a dark heavy bastard (we shall call this bastard “home team”).  Under most circumstances, the home team should have the advantage (unless you are the Edmonton Oilers), it’s blustery strong and suits the season.… Read More

MYSTERY GIFT HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN VS. SNOWCASE WINTER SHOWDOWN – DAY 14

Day 14

Today’s battle seems a little out-of-place.  We’ve got a beer that was one of my go to drink for Summer Beer-League Slo-Pitch, up against a Pseudo Lager.  In my opinion (as you might have guessed), these beer have no business in a Holiday Advent Calendar.  They are not Wintery and they are meant to be:… Read More

MYSTERY GIFT HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN VS. SNOWCASE WINTER SHOWDOWN – DAY 13

Day 13

Welcome to the dark side of the moon.  Today’s competition is Black vs. Black.  Stout vs. Dark Ale. This has me really excited and interested.  I am a big fan of coffee (5:30 wake up times during the week don’t really agree with me) and I get excited when it’s used in both cooking and… Read More

SNOWCASE vs. MYSTERY GIFT HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN WINTER SHOWDOWN – DAY 12

Phillips Crazy 8's vs Red Racer Copper Ale

AH, Friday.  It is time to settle down and relax after a long pre-Christmas week of crazy, and see what the boxes have in store.  In comparison to yesterday, today’s  competitors take a large step towards getting more “Christmasy”, which can only mean good things. Phillip’s Annu-ale is meant to be a Holiday brew so… Read More

Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown vs. Snowcase Winter Showdown – Day 11

Snowcase Vs. Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown

It is interesting how these packs are matching up.  Similar styles are popping out on the same days,  I wonder if this is a coincidence or if there is some conspiracy afoot?  Tonight’s round is fought out by two welterweights: A straight up Lager and a very similar style – the Kolsch.  I’m not expecting… Read More

Snowcase vs. Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Winter Showdown – Day 10

Parallel 49 Vs Phillips

 You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I have a feeling the fight between these two will be a bat”ale” to the bitter end. Get it? NO? You will.  I am pretty familiar with Slipstream and its ability to be tasty, but I have heard some amazing things about the Red Racer ESB.… Read More

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