Beer Blog: Spices Signal Arrival Of The Holidays

An occasional blog about what's on tap in Renton.

The holidays are here, which means spices in our breads, cookies, coffee, and yes, even our beer.

Renton is lucky to have a number of pubs with rotating seasonal taps, which means that I … ehm … beer-lovers have access to seasonally inspired brews right from the tap.

A Facebook post by Jeffrey Lawrence, owner of the Whistle Stop Ale house, piqued my curiosity in one seasonal brew currently on tap: Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale.

Drinking seasonal beer is just like anything holiday-related. It’s got to be enjoyed in season, and not too early. That being said. I started enjoying the first of my winter-specific brews over Thanksgiving weekend.

But I digress.

Gingerbread and beer. Can a beer carry cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger? Yes, and Bison pulls it off well.

While the ‘Ale’ label makes this brew more approachable, it drinks more like a Porter. Darker in color and full in body, Bison balanced carbonation with malts, hops and subtle spice tones to create an enjoyable holiday drink.

Take a sip and savor a crispness that seems far lighter than the beer looks. A slight bitterness takes over — similar to a mild ESB — and then finishes with  savory caramel notes.

Drink it on its own, or pair it with something with a little fat to round out its hint of hoppiness. I chose nachos — add guac and hold jalapeños (I didn’t want to loose the holiday flavor with too much spiciness). A bowl of chili or a burger would also work well.

Have you tried this brew? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, or post a tip about another seasonal brew on tap in Renton. It just might make my next beer blog.




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Jim Stanek December 02, 2012 at 10:35 PM
A beer blog for Renton - Wow! Since I live downtown there are many spots with a great beer list like Whistle Stop, Red House, Dog & Pony, and Berliner German Pub. But to be able to walk over to Luther's Table for a draft of Black Butte Porter any time of year is wonderful. Cheers, Jim Stanek
Stuart Avery December 07, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Hi Jim, why am I not surprised to see you commenting on the beer blog? DTR is a great place to be if you like crafted beer. Thank you Jenny for starting the topic.


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