The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
When it comes to seasonal beers, sometimes breweries go overboard with the spices. While the beer can still be good, the over-indulgence doesn’t make it beer as drinkable as others. With Festive Ale, Sweetwater Brewing has done the opposite; Festive Ale manages to be both drinkable and full of flavor/taste. Every sip you notice a different flavor.
Some sips you notice the malt and roasted earthy tones. Next you get the sweet flavors, chocolate and caramel, then you taste all of the spices, nutmeg, a hint of anise, and cinnamon! By the end of your pint all you can think is, “I’ll have another!”
With its dark-brown color, Festive Ale looks like the perfect winter warmer. Give it a try with some chicken or a game-y animal. For example, tonight I’m pairing Festive Ale with some Bison Burgers! Cooked medium-rare, so you get the gamey-bison taste! This weekend, put in Christmas Vacation, misquote Cousin Eddie, and crack open some Festive Ales; it’s the perfect way to start the holiday season!
Alcohol by Volume: 8.5%
Color: Very dark brown, almost black
Hops: Centennial, US & UK Golding
Yeast: Top Fermenting Ale
Grains: Two-Row, Munich, 40 L, 70/80, Carapils, Chocolate, and Black