The festive season is upon us once more, and whether you're religious or not that means Christmas and winter seasonal beers! We've several menu offerings at Lamar, including the traditional Drafthouse trinity of Real Ale Coffee Porter, Sierra Nevada Celebration and Anchor's Our Special Ale, aka Anchor Christmas (all on draft), plus Boulevard Nutcracker (draft), Deschutes Jubelale (bottle), Sam Adams Winter Lager (bottle), Sam Smith's Winter Welcome (bottle) and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (bottle).
I really hope that next year, Texas gets enough draft Brooklyn BCS for us to be able to put it on tap as a regular menu seasonal, instead of just the two kegs we managed to lay our hands on for a Badass Tap release at some point in the next several months when you're least expecting it.
Erm, did I say that out loud?
Stay tuned. In the meantime here's the first of our Badass seasonals.
Oregon's Full Sail brewery hasn't made an appearance on the Badass list until now but they brew some fine beers. Session Lager is a menu favourite and has been for a few years, and if their Brewmaster Reserve beers were to make it to Texas more often they'd be up there on the tap wall too, no doubt, but for now let's sink into the malty goodness of Wassail.
Wassail is one of the more hoppy of the winter warmers, a style usually on the sweeter, more malty side of things, but we've had these two kegs for almost a year so the initial hop flavour will have faded somewhat, leaving the malt to shine through with just a residual hint of hop bitterness. Although Wassail is relatively mild (for a winter warmer) 7.0% ABV, the alcohol should have mellowed a little too.
Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar “If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink… I’d spend it on drink.” ~ Sir Henry Rawlinson