Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year! & Southern Tier Krampus Imperial Helles Lager

It's been almost a week since I posted, and what a whirlwind! Four Christmas', returning and swapping out presents, a couple days of work, two birthday parties and one day spent hanging out with my brother who was in town - I'm wiped out!

But of course I'm gonna stay up like an idiot just to watch the crazy Red Bull guys do their thing...

To keep me company tonight I am going to crack open one of the last Christmas brews I have remaining in the beer fridge.

Southern Tier Krampus Imperial Helles Lager is a 9% ABV, clear, bright copper colored brew with a one-finger head of off-white, glossy foam. The beer's painted-on label features a devilish-looking monster on a green background with holly and berries.

Until a week ago, I had never even heard of Krampus before...Yeah, I knew of the beer - but I just thought it was a cool name! So anyway, I was sitting there watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Christmas Special on the Travel Channel (Anthony, if you're reading this I'm a huge fan! - but watch out, I'm coming for your job...), and he was talking to an Austrian chef that explained the mythology behind the fanged, goat-horned evil sidekick to St. Nicholas that serves as the enforcer of "The List". This creepy monster uses sticks and chains to beat naughty children and stuffs them in a sack to carry them away!

Looks like Daddy has a new story to scare the kiddos with to make them behave...Forget that cute little "Elf on the Shelf" toy, nothing works quite like fear and intimidation!

Back to the beer, this monster smells surprisingly of aromatic hops - both spicy and piney. First sip and get even more hops! Sticky and resinous with a fantastic dry finish, I wouldn't normally call this a Christmas beer, but it is perfect for tonight!

Cheers to all the beer lovers out there - May 2012 bring you happiness, good times and lots of good beer!

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