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Epic Holiday Beer Showdown
Sometimes, competition breeds greatness… (sometimes)
The first annual in-house Holiday Beer contest is in full swing here at Sixpoint. Mikey Lenane, Wordsmith and Sometime Keg Washer teamed up with Brewer Keir Hamilton to create Jingle Jangle, a truly epic Belgian style stout with cacao nibs, cranberries, extra dark Belgian candi sugar and a proprietary spice blend. The beer is conditioning now, awaiting first tapping at the Sixpoint Holiday Party and Holiday Season Brew-Off. Belgian esters and a layered dark malt profile, along with roasted nib and berry notes have made Jingle Jangle an early crowd favorite.
Despite the populace all but crowning Jingle Jangle the surefire winner, Brewer Marcus Lutter is getting in on the action with a roast chestnut brown ale called Charlie’s Chestnut Brown. He says the smooth, roast-n-toasty brew has a legitimate shot at the crown… but early crowd polling suggests otherwise.
Brewers Fabian Beller and Shaun Carney (@shaun_carney) are crafting an entry of their own… another strong Belgian ale, this one with molasses, cinnamon and vanilla, finished on french oak. Referred to by one anonymous source as “a bit overdone”, the beer is not expected to be much of a threat to the powerhouse product of beer brewing’s Dream Team, Jingle Jangle.
As with lots of families, tensions can get high during the Holiday Season, and a little ‘friendly’ competition can stoke those flames. Fabian Beller was quoted as saying, “fun? Ha… the Holiday party is not about fun. It’s about domination.” His smile afterwards was nothing short of chilling.
At press time, Keir was seen informing Fabian that he could put his Weihenstephan Institute Brewing Degree where the sun don’t shine.
Amateur Keg Washer