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As you know, I’m drinking a beer every day from the Central City/Parallel 49 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown. If you missed the first half, you can check it out here. And don’t miss my halfway update — which includes my admission to having made a mistake.

Now, on to the second half.

Day 13

Today my mystery box gifted me a bottle of Black Christmas CDA (Christmas Dark Ale in this case). This take eschews the normally liberal dose of vanilla found in winter seasonals, and comes out more like a normal CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale), in my opinion. Though it is more caramel and cocoa in smell and taste.

Day 13: Parallel 49 Black Christmas CDA

An enjoyable beer and nice change from some of the more plain styles we’ve seen recently.

Tomorrow I’m going to guess Red Racer ISA!

Day 14

Right again!! What’s that, 2 out of…well let’s just not calculate my success rate right now.

So I haven’t had the opportunity to try the Red Racer ISA yet, though I admit I was never particularly excited about it. It sounded a lot like a nerfed IPA to me. So now that I’ve tasted it, has my opinion changed? Nope. I think I could get behind this if it more resembled their IPA at a very sessionable 4% ABU, but unfortunately it doesn’t. In fact, it simply retains the bitterness without bringing along all those great citrus flavours found in big brother IPA. If it comes down to a case of being able to drink more because of it having less alcohol content, I’d very much rather drink one RR IPA than two of these.

Day 14: Red Racer ISA

Tomorrow I’m going to guess Salty Scot yet again, I’m still holding to the believe it’ll turn up eventually.

Day 15

OK, I was wrong again. But Salty Scot is going to happen, mark my words. (more…)

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I made a mistake.

I’ll elaborate, but first let’s recap the beers thus far:

From Parallel 49 – Schwarzwald Chocolate Cherry Porter, Filthy Dirty IPA, Old Boy, Toques of Hazzard, Hoparazzi, Craft Lager, and Black Christmas CDA (That one is Day 13).

From Central City – Pilsner, Wheat Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale, ESB/Red Ale, and Copper Ale.

Some pretty solid beers so far, though I’d certainly give P49 the nod for having more interesting brews (and names!). Overall the best beers have been the Schwarzwald and Toques, hands down. Schwarzwald was a great start to the calendar and Toques is just plain awesome and a very welcomed surprise early on.

Overall, it’s not a bad list. There isn’t a lot to inspire so far but we’re only halfway. I’m fully expecting some pretty awesome stuff to come out near the end.

Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown

That said, there were a few days where I (among others) were getting a bit bored, especially when the bottle of Craft Lager made its appearance. On Twitter, there were tweets ranging from “Actually angry now” (Mine. I was tired, grumpy, and feeling particularly aggrieved), “Bottled Disappointment” (regarding the craft lager), to even one that tagged both breweries asking when the boring beers were going to end. That last one has since been deleted.

So why the anger? (more…)

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Hi, everyone! I’ve returned from my long absence from beer blogging. What was I doing, you ask? Well, I was working, playing with my cat, and gaming. Oh, and I published a novel! You should totally check it out here.

Now, on to the beer.

For the month of December I’m going to be drinking a beer every day from the Central City/Parallel 49 advent calendar (they call it a Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown…but let’s call it what it is), then I will be updating this space with my impressions. So be sure to check back daily!

Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown

Day 1

I was hoping CC/P49 would kick the calendar off with something cool, and they didn’t disappoint. I happily pulled out a bottle of the black forest cake-inspired Schwarzwald Chocolate Cherry Porter. The pour is black, with a head that disappears almost immediately. The aroma is all chocolate goodness and so is the flavour, along with a healthy dose of cherry that comes in just after the chocolate mellows. It is sweet but not too sweet. That said, I’m happy the bottles are only 341ml, as I think a bomber might just be a bit too much to drink at once.

Day 1: Schwarzwald Chocolate Cherry Porter

Day 2

With the memory of that excellent porter from Day 1 still fresh in my mind, I punched in the hole for Day 2 and pulled out a…(drum roll) Red Racer Pilsner. The former Saskatchewan resident in me cheered gleefully when I pulled out that bottle. To a Saskatchewanian, true bliss is coming in from a snowmobile ride, popping a glass of Pil, and sitting down to watch replays of famous Rider victories, like the 52-0 smashing of the Bombers in 2012 (Rider Pride!). In fact, I’m pretty sure the perfect Saskatchewan Advent Calendar would be 24 days of Pilsner.

Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown

The Red Racer Pilsner isn’t like the Old Style Pilsner Saskatchewanians are used to, however. Instead of tasting, well, bad, this Pil has real flavour. A bit of spice, real light hop bitterness, maybe even a bit of bread. In fact, I find it downright drinkable, and I’m not a pilsner guy.

Day 2: Red Racer Pilsner

For what many will view as a filler, I find it surprisingly decent.

Day 3

I was sad when Parallel 49’s Lord of the Hops finished its glorious run. What a great IPA it was, and shame on the Tolkien estate for litigating it.

P49 didn’t go long without an IPA, however, as Filthy Dirty IPA was released this summer. (more…)

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