Join the Santa Crawl for the opportunity to sample some Winter Beers. Be careful, these tend to be stronger than the regulars in a brewery’s stable. They usually run from cooper to deep amber hues. Spices most commonly applied include nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, but some dig deeper into the spice rack for clove, ginger, licorice, molasses, coriander, Curaçao and others. Any or all of the spices may leap out of the bouquet in a virtual spice imitation of dry hopping.

Consider purchasing a quantity well in excess of what you expect to consume. Put away a few extras for cellaring and you’ll be the envy of fellow enthusiast’s next year. Give the others away as welcomed gifts. Your friends will declare you the hit of the party and it sure beats fruit cake.

Save the Date of December 11th for Santa Crawl – between noon and 2 drop off a non-perishable food item at Idaho Brewing and receive a coupon sheet for that day with discounts around town celebrating Santa Crawl.

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Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon