Day 16: Christmas Ale, American Pale Ale, Club Brandy

On Monday, December 16th, 2019, we realized the Absinthe shot was supposed to be today’s – oops!  That was my fault, as I was the one who thought it was the 16th already.  Earlier today, I look out the front door and there is Piper doing a balancing act on the railing… check out their Facebook page for more pictures!



Out of the stout advent box is the St. Bernardus Christmas Ale.  This is a product of Belgium and at 10% ABV, it does have a bit of a spice to it, but very good!

Out of the standard advent box was a tall can… and as I unwrapped the tissue paper, we learned pretty quickly it was not an IPA… but an APA – in my mind, the same thing.  Same hoppy flavor that I am not a fan of.  This is absolutely the last one I am doing from the advent box.  This American Pale Ale is called City Wide from 4Hands Brewing Company out of St. Louis, MO.  I remember we had went to a brewery somewhere in St. Louis a few years ago and this was one I had tried, and I remembered the flavor… should have shelved this one but I did still drink it!  Still more drinkable than the unicorn vs. ninja one in the beginning.  At 5.5% ABV, if you are an IPA fan, you’d probably love this one.

For the shot of the night, it is Club Brandy.  At 40% ABV, and 80 proof, it definitely has the brandy smell (I keep blackberry on hand for medicinal purposes).  It is a lot smoother than the Absinthe that we had last night.


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