12 beers of Christmas

Last year was the inaugural “12 Beers of Christmas” event for the homebrew club (Cascadia Brewers Alliance in Vancouver, WA) that I belong to.  12 of us brewed one of the beers from Randy Moshers book “Radical Brewing”.  After brewing our beers, we had a Christmas party at my home on December 20, 2104.  We each brought 24 bottles (a case) of our Christmas beer.  22 bottles to share with the other brewers and two for sharing that night.

Cascadia Brewers Alliance 12 beers of Christmas

I’m the person in the Santa hat, on the right hand side.

Here is a list of the 12 beers from the book that we brewed.

#1- Caramel Quadrupel
#2- Spiced Cherry Dubbel
#3- Spice Dunkel Weizenbock
#4- Juniper Rye Bock
#5- Fruitcake Old Ale
#6- Saffron Tripel
#7 – Christmas Gruit
#8 – Honey Ginger IPA
#9 – Crabapple Lambicky Ale
#10 – Gingerbread Ale
#11 – Spiced Bourbon Stout
#12 – Abbey Weizen

I brewed the Gingerbread Ale.  Here is the recipe.

Gingerbread Ale

Homebrew clubs are a great way to develop friendships and improve your brewing.  Brainstorming up projects is also a great way to enhance your brewing experience.  Some of the projects our club has undertaken are:

  • Big Brew Day
  • Setting up a booth every year at the Vancouver Brewfest
    • We brew beer on our homebrew setups at the Brewfest
  • Barrel Projects
    • Purchasing a wine or bourbon barrel and having everyone brew the same recipe and then aging it in the barrel
    • We’ve done this twice (once with a bourbon barrel and once with a Pinot Noir barrel.
    • We continue to use the Pinot Noir barrel, by turning it into a Belgian Saison Solera.
  • The above mentioned “12 Beers of Christmas” project.
  • A hop brew.
    • Everyone uses the same hop variety in a recipe of their own design.
  • Bringing in guest speakers to your home brew meetings, or having a club member who has a unique technique speak about it.
  • Plain old “Brew Days” where everyone brews at one of the club members houses.
  • Parties, such as BBQ parties, where no brewing occurs, but great BBQ and homebrew are shared.
  • Keezer or Kegerator take overs at the above mentioned parties.  Basically, if you’re hosting the party, let others put their kegs in your beer system for the party.  This way, the host of the party isn’t completely tapped (<<bad pun) out of homebrew.

I’m sure you can think of other great ideas.

Keep on brewin’!