Day Eleven & Twelve
Beer Run // Charlottesville, VA
21) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – With the list at its end and myself a little behind, I thought I would wrap up the last 2 days with only one suggestion each…besides you probably have more stuff going on right now than thinking about beer. Anyway, with Christmas upon us and New Year’s fast approaching, I thought it would be fitting to recommend Anchor Brewing’s Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, another selection from Beer Run. Amazingly, the Anchor Brewery spans a history of more than 150 years; moreover, the beer itself has been produced every season for the past 35 years (first bottled in 1975). The recipe for the seasonal beer is not only guarded as secret, but actually varies from year to year (as does the % abv).
Wild Wolf Brewery // Nellysford, VA
22) Wild Wolf Homemade Root Beer – And now for something completely different…well, almost. For my last choice on this list I wanted to end it on a lighter note. During the holidays, it’s worth pointing out that not everyone drinks beer. Some don’t like beer; others can’t, or shouldn’t. For those that fit this list, I wanted to mention Wild Wolf’s homemade root beer. I sampled some of it a few weeks ago when I visited the brewery & pub. Homemade root beer is always a good find since it’s something you won’t find anyplace else. When I tried Wild Wolf’s root beer, I picked up flavors of sassafras, licorice, and even what tasted like pumpkin, or cinnamon & nutmeg spices. The beer isn’t sold in six-packs, but you can bring a growler to the pub to have it filled up. Buy some for yourself, or even better, buy some for someone who may not be able to drink during the holidays.
Special thanks to Mary Wolf (Wild Wolf Brewery) and John, Josh, & Molly Woodriff (Beer Run) for all their help and suggestions on the holiday beers.
Merry Christmas to everyone! May your holidays be full of good cheer and blessings!