Trending Beers to Kick Off December!
Folks, we're in the final stretch of 2020: a year of seeking out silver linings.
"At least we have beer".
I'd put money on that being the most common phrase in 2020.
The spirit of Winter is upon us and with that comes ADVENT BEER BOXES, a month-long activity the beer community goes bonkers over. A standard advent beer box comes with 25 mystery beers that you can enjoy unboxing and checking-in to new-to-you beers every day! Our very own Drinking Socially hosts, Jon & Harrison, are doing their own advent beer calendars. Follow along with their daily unboxing shenanigans on Twitter.
With all that said, I took a look at the top trending beers checked-in during the first week of December and just as I suspected, our top 10 trending beers so far are nearly all straight from the popular advent calendars this year (you'll see some one-off goodies peppered in the list too). Without further ado, let's take a look at what's popping so far in December!
10. Negu Berria by Laugar Brewery
Today it is a short journey after Portugal, towards the Basque coast for a 'New Winter'. This is the translation of the name of our beer of the day - Negu Berria. It's a Brown Ale, brewed in collaboration between breweries Laugar and Gross. Once your beer has been poured, take a moment to smell it slowly and quietly. A generous and rich hazelnut aroma meets you, with milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Negu Berria is surprisingly light, and drinks easily. In addition to clear hazelnut and chocolate, you can taste a hint of caramel. Finally, sherry has been used in brewing, adding that link to this popular drink so typical for this region. Source.
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December: 3 Tredje December har öppnat upp sin ridå och om vi minns tillbaka till gårdagen så efterfrågades lite mer kaliber. En helt ok Brown Ale, tydligt med hasselnöt, torrt slut, kanske tunn, överlag ganska smaklös, går ner!
Purchased at HOPTEarned the Flamenco (Level 3) badge!
Aha, here we see the advent beer box. Looks like day 3 popped out this little number, Negu Berria from Laugar Brewery, a nice brown ale coming in at 6.7% ABV!
Shout out for featuring an Untappd glass! I spy an empty wine glass in the background...looks like a good time!
9. Turbo Prop by Propeller Bier
The turbo prop comes into the can. Especially for the brewer's advent calendar this beer got filled up into the can. The Imperial Pils from the Propeller increases the beer style Pilsener in every way. More alcohol, more hops, more of everything. Pils with turbo. From the light malt come honey notes and the full-bodied and soft mouthfeel. The German hops Hercules (for the bitterness) and Sapphire (for the flavors) are typical for a Pils, in the Turbo Prop some Citra hops as added in a cold-hopping process.
Your Check-Ins to Turbo Prop
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Now this is a cool can design. I'm a sucker for great can art. I'm also extremely fascinated by this game console featured here. Very 90s and I'm here for it. Anything to take us away from 2020.
Day 6, lounging with the pups, sipping a pils, living the dream.
8. Barbela et la Bête by Dois Corvos
Barbela et la Bête was produced exclusively for Saveur-Bière's Beery Christmas Calendar.
Your Check-Ins to Barbela et la Bête
Here we see another beer advent calendar featured. Who else is working through this box this month? Tag me in your check-in!
Love the color of this beer!
7. Bourbon County Brand Stout (2020) 14.6% by Goose Island Beer Co.
The Original Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout. Our primary focus every year is to make this beer the best that it's ever been, with the best ingredients, which includes the finest of bourbon whiskey barrels. This year's Bourbon County Stout is aged in a mix of bourbon barrels from a variety of whiskey distilleries. Barrel-aged for a year to develop the complexity that only time can provide, Bourbon County Stout boasts a unique blend of flavors such as fudge, vanilla and caramel — topped off with a rich, complex mouthfeel.
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It doesn't appear that this beer was featured in any advent beer calendar, but this looks smooth as sin. YUM!
Purchased at Bier CellarEarned the Untappd at Home (Level 28) badge! Earned the Verified Adventure (Level 56) badge! Earned the Sky's the Limit (Level 12) badge! Earned the Heavy Weight (Level 17) badge!
6. HOLY BRIQUE by Brique House Brewery
CETTE PALE ALE VERSION US EST NOTRE SAINTE À NOUS. NI TROP FORTE, NI PAS ASSEZ. AVEC UNE AMERTUME QU'ON OUBLIE TRÈS VITE. JUSTE COMME IL FAUT.
English Translation: THIS PALE ALE US VERSION IS OUR HOLY TO US. NEITHER TOO STRONG, NOR NOT ENOUGH. WITH A BITTER THAT WE FORGET VERY QUICKLY. JUST AS IT SHOULD.
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5. Graminger Kirta by Graminger Weissbräu
The dark Kirta Weissbier was originally created as a Festbier for the Altöttinger Kirta. The addition of dark malt and roasted malt results in a rich mahogany color and a fruity, malty flavor. Adept beer tasters will even notice a slight hint of chocolate! The Kirta white beer goes perfectly with hearty dishes with dark sauces, such as roast beef, grilled beef loin, beer goulash, obatzter and chocolate desserts. The Kirta is a cloudy, orange beer with a small, white head. The aroma is mostly roasted malt, as well as a light fruitiness. The taste is sweet, malty and slightly fruity.
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Smell that banana! Spicy clove and sweet tea malt. Hazy dark amber. Fluffy cream colored head flattens quickly but leaves a film. Warm spice at back of throat and soft, clean mouthfeel.Earned the For the Can (Level 10) badge!
This beer is very important...banana...spicy clove...and smells of rich mahogany.
Drinking day 5 on day 8, Mitch! Let's go, let's go! The advent calendar waits for no one!
4. Zwönitzer Steinbier by Brauerei Zwönitz
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First time back on untapped in a while. Starting off with one from a German beer advent calendar I got as a birthday gift. Roasty taste, similar to a brown ale but a little darker, overall solid.Earned the Untappd at Home badge! Earned the Cheers To You! (Level 2) badge! Earned the Bar Explorer (Level 2) badge! Earned the Verified Adventure (Level 2) badge!
Welcome back to the party!
3. Käuzle by Kauzen-Bräu
Ein mildes, vollmundiges und spritziges Bier, mild gehopft – ein Genuss der zum Weitertrinken verführt.
English Translation: A mild, full-bodied and tangy beer, mildly hopped - a pleasure that tempts you to continue drinking.
Your Check-Ins to Käuzle
HE SAID IT'S YUMMY, FOLKS! YOU HEARD THE MAN!
Nice touch with the little gnome-elf creature. Be sure to tag that drinking buddy of yours in your check-in! ;-)
2. Fürst Carl Kellerbier by Schlossbrauerei Ellingen
This is how the brewers like to drink their beer: directly from the storage tank. The beer is cloudy, stronger in smell and taste and full-bodied due to the natural components of the ingredients, which this beer contains. Source.
Your Check-Ins to Fürst Carl Kellerbier
A nice German lager. Starting the Costco Advent calendar a week late.Earned the Verified Adventure (Level 71) badge! Earned the Beer of the World (Level 4) badge! Earned the For the Can (Level 89) badge! Earned the Das Boot (Level 3) badge!
1. Hell by Flötzinger Bräu
Das Kultbier seit Generationen. Süffig, vollmundig, mit milder Hopfennote und ausgeprägter Malzaromatik.
English Translation: The cult beer for generations. Easy-to-drink, full-bodied, with a mild hop note and pronounced malt aroma.
Your Check-Ins to Hell
Schön erfrischendes helles. Richtig schöne Ausgewogenheit zwischen leicht bitter und aromatisch hopfig. dazu noch sehr süffig. Tolles helles -geht in Richtung perfektes helles!Earned the Verified Adventure (Level 16) badge! Earned the Hopped Down (Level 28) badge! Earned the Brewery Pioneer (Level 54) badge!
That's the spirit!
This one made me laugh really hard...A+ check-in caption.
If you're cruising through an advent beer box this December, what's the best beer you've tried so far? Tag me in your check-in and I'll spread some holiday cheer on your feed! Till next time, cheers.