Had “Gingerbread Ale” (358/366)
Tonight, Nick and I made last-minute plans to meet friends for a movie. It was rainy, and since it’s close to Christmas we were able to get good seats still, even though it was the weekend (we of course went to our favorite theater, the Kabuki – assigned seating FTW!). Besides being able to buy your seat in advance, the other great thing about the Kabuki theater is that you can have a drink while watching your movie (the majority of screenings, especially in the evenings, are 21+). I wasn’t sure if I wanted anything tonight, but when I saw that they had “Gingerbread Ale” I just had to try it – I’ve loved tasting new beers this year and I’m of course also a sucker for anything holiday-related (but you knew that already if you’ve been reading the blog lately).
This beer is made by Bison Brewing Company, a local, organic brewery with locations in Berkeley and Ukiah – awesome! I’ve had their Chocolate Stout before, and am always happy to support not only local products, but organic to boot? Fantastic. Their copy reads, “Our spiced holiday porter is brewed with only a touch of spices for the aroma of fresh baked gingerbread men! The chewy dark malt flavors are sure to smooth out that dinner with the in-laws.” Cute! But as I was typing this out just now, I actually realized the label has a typo – it technically reads, “fresh backed” instead of “fresh baked” – ha ha ha! Oh well. I got what they were trying to say.
This beer was great. The aroma did remind me of gingerbread, and even though I’m not super crazy about “traditional” gingerbread (as I mentioned in my Teacup Gingerbread Houses post), I do really enjoy the spices that are found in it, which was what I picked up off this beer. The flavor was nice, too – the spices were there, but not overpoweringly so. I did find myself wishing it were just a bit sweeter, or richer – almost like a dessert sipper – but overall I really enjoyed this fun holiday brew. If I get a chance, I’m going to pick some more up before the season is over. Cheers!
Gingerbread Ale – Bison Brewing Company