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Oh hey. I might have been a slacker in the last round of PUB DATE (Andi Maggie & Brittany got wedding themed) but I’m ready to celebrate the holidays with you and some wonderful brews. If you know me in real life (and perhaps follow me on Twitter), you know I relate more to Buddy the Elf than the Grinch. Despite my grand affection for the holidays, sometimes they do make me a little sad. Changing traditions, busy friends and family, lack of means to be as generous as you want to be (this year especially), and maybe even seeing everyone getting together with their huge families and knowing what you had when you are younger is not exactly what you have now.

That sounds depressing, doesn’t it?

I mean, it is. But it also is what it is and there are a billion things I love about these holidays too: picking out a tree with James and naming it (we get to climb up six flights with ours this year because our elevator is still being replaced), making new cookie recipes, stopping to see the tree on Rockefeller Center on Christmas Eve, spending a quiet Christmas Day with my family (with my extremely hardworking mom who gets a day off for once).

And how about trying some new winter and holiday themed beers? Another highlight, for sure.

Today I’m sharing Anchor Winter Wheat — a craft beer from Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. Known for their summer wheats, this is their first winter warmer ever, in addition to the first year its been bottled. Exciting, right? It definitely has a heavier feel than most wheats but isn’t too overwhelming. Unlike a lot of beers released during this time of year, it’s not intensely spicy and doesn’t taste like a Christmas tree. (I don’t mind this but I know some of us do – ahem, B. ha!)

As for a book… Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler — an oldie but a goodie filled with cupcakes, cute boys, family drama, and ice skating.

Pub Date Rather Be Reading Blog Joint Feature Holiday Themed

It’s a great book to put you in the holiday spirit: love, baking, and the best kind of book surprise. I guarantee you will love this one.

In addition to this brew, I’ve recently enjoyed:

  • 21st Amendment Fireside Chat: this brewer has the best art and this beer was pretty damn good. The opposite of Winter Wheat but really nice.
  • Harpoon UFO Gingerland: If you fear a beer that is TOO gingery, you won’t have that problem here. It was like a nice little bonus, and didn’t monopolize the taste of the beer at all. Just the right amount.
  • Peak Organic Holiday Saison: Peak Organic is one of my favorite brewers. I love their flavors, and their Holiday beer is so my style. It’s organic! It’s from Maine! And this one is definitely spicy but in a fresh way.

 So whether you are sipping eggnog or trying a beer like one of the above, I wish you all the happiest of holidays.

Be safe, be good, and be merry. xoxo

This one is especially for my friend, Keith, my pal in San Francisco, who I wish I could be
having a beer with during our favorite time of the year. ♥

December 15, 2014 - 12:01 am

Alexa S. - I still haven’t read Bittersweet! But every time I see that cover, I think that it’s so pretty. Also, I can’t wait to be drinking more seasonal beers. I got a little bit more into them in the fall, and am looking forward to trying some winter ones!

December 12, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, your comment about knowing what you had when you are younger is not exactly what you have now, really struck a cord with me. I can relate to this so much. I love the holidays and all its traditions, just like you, but it can be bittersweet knowing that things shift & change as we grow older.

Shiner Cheer is still my favorite seasonal brew, which reminds me I need to get some ASAP! I’m curious about this San Fran brew though.. might need to try it. And as always, LOVE anything Ockler writes 🙂

December 12, 2014 - 10:06 am

Andi - I must admit that I have never been a fan of the winter/holiday beers. But I am now determined to find one I like. I’m actually going to get one you mention and use it for my Pub Date. 🙂

And that book!!!! I ♥ that book muchly!

December 12, 2014 - 9:05 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Calling me out on my lack of love for holiday beers! Actually, I think maybe I was just drinking the wrong ones in past holiday seasons. Maybe they were just good beers because everything I’ve tried so far this year, I liked! But seriously — Two Brothers Peppermint Bark Porter. That’s what it was called. I wish I liked chocolate mint because I bet that would be amazing! Though I’m not sure how far outside of the Chicagoland area they sell Two Brothers…
That beer looks delish and I REALLY need to read Bittersweet! I loved The Book of Broken Hearts and was disappointed by #scandal so I need to cleanse my Sarah Ockler palate!

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