Merry Sick-mas

27 Dec
Everyone should get beer for Christmas

Everyone should get beer for Christmas

I have been sick for two weeks.  The simple explanation is that kids are disgusting little disease factories.  I love my kids, but they messed me up this year.  Third year in a row that I have been sick right at, or immediately around, Christmas.  Sucks.

Know what doesn’t suck?  This Filament Winter IPA from Ecliptic Brewing.  New dogs on the block and already in bottles.  Pretty impressive.  Of course, when your brewer is John Harris (who developed the recipes for Mirror Pond, Black Butte, and Jubelale at Deschutes and spent 20 years as Brewmaster at Full Sail) you are already starting in a prime position in the market.  Of course, you still got to make good beer, not rest on your laurels.  I haven’t tasted the range of offerings at Ecliptic yet, but if this beer is any indication of quality, Portland is in for a treat.  This beer is all caramel and spicy hops, which makes it perfect for the holidays.  Sometimes caramel malts are overused in IPAs, but here it is done to perfection.  The hops just touch on citrus and pine before bowing out to the spicy hops that compliments the malt so well.  It’s perfectly bitter and sweet all at once and very, very approachable.  I could drink this year round.

This was a bottle I got as a gift on Christmas Eve (thanks, Jess!) and I couldn’t be happier with it.  More people should give me beer on Christmas.  It’s too bad I couldn’t drink more the last two weeks, but I am going to try and make up for it by tucking into a few bottles in the next couple of days.  Hope everyone out there had a great Holiday, was able to find some new beers to love, and found time to sip some old favorites.  Here’s to hoping next Christmas is sickness free!

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