Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas Beer Yields Christmas Cheer

Now as the 12 days of Christmas are drawing to a close, there is still away you can feel the Christmas spirit. The NPR Morning Edition segment "Christmas Beer Yields Christmas Cheer," highlights the favorite Christmas ales of beer connoisseur Don Russell (better known as "Joe Sixpack" of Philadelphia's Daily News.

Christmas beers have been common among small European brewers ever since the Middle Ages and so institutionalized that by 800 A.D., Norwegian farmers were required by law to brew a Winter beer with as much grain as the combined weight of the farm's husband and wife. Due to the explosion of fine craft beers in the past decade Christmas beers and Winter Ales are now again plentiful, so raise your glass and remember to thanks the ancients for this venerable and tasty custom.

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