Holiday Beer Tasting – December 14, 2015

Join us on Monday, December 14th at 7 pm for our annual Holiday Beer Tasting! We will be sampling a variety of beers perfect for the Winter months.

Admission is $40 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance at Tipple’s or by phone (352-672-6303). Sorry, no refunds or cancellations, please make sure you can attend before signing up! You will be consuming some delicious beers so please arrange for a safe ride home.

In addition to samples of the featured beers your admission includes a souvenir beer glass and 10% off most items in the store.

The Featured Beers

Anchor Christmas Ale

This is the forty-first annual Christmas Ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid–January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.

Cigar City Dark Woods

Cigar City used a combination of four different toast levels of White Oak on this beer. The base beer is a dark old ale that is inspired by the end of the harvest and the beginning of Winter days to come.

Dogfish Head Higher Math

Higher Math has forward notes of cherries, pineapple and stewed fruit, with late notes of cocoa. It has a lingering sweetness and a notable warmth from the alcohol.

Prairie Vanilla Noir

Vanilla Noir is Prairie Noir aged on organic, fair trade vanilla beans, and let’s just say it takes a lot of beans! The vanilla flavor compliments the whiskey barrel aging process and adds a delicious layer to the beer.

Mikkeller Santa’s Little Help Grand Marnier Edition

A strong and dark Belgian ale brewed with spices and aged in Grand Marnier barrels.

Funky Buddha Last Snow

Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter is an ode to that special time in Florida where the needle dips just south of 75 – even for the briefest of moments. This rich, creamy porter is layered with coconut and freshly-roasted coffee for a taste that recalls a winter wonderland – even if, in our state, that’s just a state of mind.

St Bernardus Christmas Ale

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is the youngest descendant in the illustrious family of delicious Abbey Ales by Brewery St. Bernardus. This specialty beer is characterized by its deep dark color, with a creamy, thick head and a full, almost velvety taste with a fruity nose. It’s a seasonal ale, brewed annually for the holiday season. The long winter nights are perfect moments to savor this ale with or without friends and to enjoy its unique, complex taste and after-taste.

Cigar City & Swamp Head Slow as Molasses

The Florida Brewers Guild has been a catalyst for growth of Florida’s craft beer industry since its inception in 1996. The guild helps brewers around Florida band together to fight for legislation that helps our collaborative industry continue to grow. This collaboration brew, and others of its kind that will arise, is a tribute and fundraiser for our friends at the FGB. We like to think of it as an attaboy in a bottle. Raise a glass for the Guild with our Florida-inspired Old Ale brewed with Florida molasses. The first piece in a two part Florida-focused series between Cigar City Brewing and Swamp Head, this beer was brewed with molasses, and uses an English hop variety that has molasses notes as well, adding another layer to the beer.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barley Wine

Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barley wine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging.

Prairie Christmas Bomb!

Prairie’s stellar imperial stout Bomb! brewed with cinnamon for the holidays.

Bell’s 30th Anniversary

Flavors of dark chocolate and fruit meld to create a full-bodied, roasty stout. A fair amount of Polaris hops lend a brightness and a nice character that will help carry the beer in its early stages making it incredibly drinkable and interesting. Malt characteristics will continue to develop over time, so that beer drinkers who choose to cellar it can enjoy the beer for years to come. This big, strong celebratory beer (11% ABV) will be released in September coinciding with our 30th anniversary celebration.

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