This year, however, I am pretty excited, because Audrey gave me the green light to purchase a craft beer Advent calendar from Sherbrooke Liquor. They ordered in 400 of them and sold out within the first few weeks of release, prompting frenzied searches on Kijiji and other places.
My first advent beer was a kellerbier from Ayinger in Germany (all the beers are imports, and some of them have never been imported to Canada before). This is a type of unfiltered lager that pours very cloudy as a result, and according to Wikipedia, contains more vitamins as well. Traditionally it is served either direct from the barrel or in bottles, and is often crafted in cellars, hence the name. I lack both the palate and taster's vocabulary to be a decent beer critic, but from a layman's point of view, the kellerbier is a very tasty brew indeed. There is a yeasty, malty taste that regular lagers lack, and which give the beer a sharp, almost apple-like aftertaste, without being overly sweet or bitter. I enjoyed it with a turkey and Brie open-faced sandwich for supper, and by luck they seemed to suit each other pretty well, the crispness of the beer serving as a nice counterpoint to the melted Brie. I could also see it being a lovely accompaniment to a warm pretzel, but I'm unsure if this is because of the innate breadiness of the beer or just my playing to the Deutsche type, eh?
Not without some trepidation after being handed his glass, James asked, "So, what sort of beer am I, anyways?"
"It's brewed in Cardiff, so Welsh, I guess," said Glen, reading off the can. "You are apparently rich in palate, spicy and aromatic, with a satisfying finish..."
"Never mind all that," interrupted James, having managed a sip in the interim, "I'm delicious!"
And it's true; this is a very good drink for those who enjoy British-style beers. Best of all, at $5.99 for 4 x 440 mL cans, it is very encouraging that The Rev. James is not only good, but also cheap. ; )