Sunday, December 5, 2010
To be a Gentile during Chanukah
A few weeks ago I heard about a Holiday gift pack being released by He'Brew (or Schmaltz) Brewing. Every year He'Brew puts out a "Jewbelation" brew as their holiday ale and to commemorate the brewery's anniversary (I use the term brewery loosely, as I believe the beer is contract brewed). Last year was their thirteenth anniversary, so the beer was 13% ABV, and made from 13 different types of malt and 13 types of hops. They have used this same formula for all of the Jewbelations.
This year's gift pack is a very cool concept. It's a vertical collection of Jewbelation beers from the last 7 years and a Cuvee or blend of all seven years aged in rye whiskey barrels. The gift pack also includes a He'Brew glass, menorah candles, and a ninth empty bottle to be used as a shamash. The intent is for you to create a menorah with the used bottles. It's a fun concept to say the least (the included instructions are very tongue in cheek). The last Jewbelation I had was the "twelve" and it was fantastic (I reviewed it here). Needless to say I'm excited to crack into these beers in the coming weeks. I'm particularly interested in seeing how the Jewbelation 8, released in 2004 has held up over the years.