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Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 Beers of Christmas: Day 7

Craft beer isn't just about drinking it, its about letting everyone around you know that you drink craft beer. One of the common phrases coming from a craft beer enthusiast is "I don't drink that crap beer" that being in reference to the big brand beers like Miller, Bud, and Coors. In some circles, we are considered "hipsters", and in some cases we are. I don't consider myself a hipster, I was among those people who called craft beer drinkers hipster back in the day. I am a fraternity guy who used to be all about the big brands, Miller Lite and the silver bullet were among my favorites. I owe my love for craft beer to my old roommate Cooper. He would travel out to Grand Blanc from Flint to visit Oliver T's to pick up exclusive beers. Among the beers were Dogfish Head 60 minute and 90 minute IPA. Sipping on one of these beers started me journey into craft beer nation.

Around this time is when Bell's really hit the scene for me. It was summer time and their seasonal special, Oberon Ale. I went most of the summer drinking nothing but Oberon. Oberon is such a special beer that it is celebrated with its own release party in Kalamazoo. Enough about summer, its winter time and almost Christmas.

The other day Christmas Vacation was on TV and it gave me a warm fuzzy in my tummy. Though this movie came out was I was just a baby, it is one of the great movies of the 80s that still plays with audiences today. Why do I bring this up you ask? While I was watching Christmas Vacation I couldn't help but think that my Christmas will be very much like the Griswold's. I couldn't figure out which character I was, that is when it hit me. I'm Eddie, the beer drinking fun loving cousin and uncle.

On the seventh day of Christmas my craft beer store gave to me, Neapolitan Milk Stout by Saugatuck Brewing Company!

ABV: 6%

If you wanted a new dessert beer I think I have found it. The Neapolitan Milk Stout brings you the flavors of Neapolitan ice cream in beer form. As the cold beer takes the long road from the glass to my mouth, I can close my eyes and envision ice cream. It pours dark with medium head and lacing around the glass. The chocolate comes across as a rich dark flavor with the light vanilla and strawberry flavor coming across in the after taste. If you find this beer you will experience the flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry that will take you back to the classic malt shop and ice cream stores.

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