Brewery: The St. Louis Brewery: Schlafly Tap Room
Location: St. Louis, MO
Style: Special Release Christmas Ale ABV: 8% IBU: 30
This is our first holiday specific beer for Beer Advent. Schlafly Christmas Ale is a warming winter ale that blends the spices of the season with sweet caramel malt. Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added for spiciness, and honey is added during the fermentation process which raises the ABV. The inspiration for this beer came from spiced holiday beverages such as wassail and mulled wines. Around the holidays, the sweet and spicy aromas of holiday candles and the pine from the Christmas trees, not to mention the booze in such libations as this Christmas Ale, tend to smooth the rougher edges of enjoying each other’s company and spreading goodwill.
Cheers to holiday libations! Drink it in front of your Christmas tree and admire the lights of the holiday season.
Advent Reading: Matthew 1:1-17 Jesus’s Ancestry
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram,
4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph,
8 and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah,
9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud,
15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
(Mat 1:1-17 ESV)
One of my favorite Christmas Albums is called “Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ” by Andrew Peterson.
He has a song in the album called “Matthew’s Begats”. It is a creative rendering of the genealogy of Jesus. You can listen to it here: Matthew’s Begats