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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 1: Shipyard Prelude, @thirstynobeard, @craftbeered, @seacoastbevlab
Shipyard Prelude Label

Beer Advent Calendar – Day 1: Shipyard Prelude

To celebrate the Holiday Season, and have teamed up with beer bloggers around the country to host the first annual beer bloggers advent calendar.  This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you.

During the 31 days of December, we will be sharing our favorite winter seasonals/holiday beers with the help from our fellow beer bloggers.  We hope that you tune in every day, to hear our stories and share our holiday cheer.

Shipyard Prelude:

We initially reviewed this in our infancy and here’s our review :

The Prelude Special Ale pours a reddish-amber color with a nice frothy head. Good lacing left behind by the mostly lasting head. Light carbonation in the body. Aroma’s are of light malts, there is something sweet we can’t put our sniffers on, and a faint hint of alcohol. Intial taste is a fleeting sweet that quickly steps aside, being ushered out by a light bitter finish. Light carbonation on the mouth with a watery feel. A slight charcoal taste is left behind.


  • Style: Winter
  • OG: 1070
  • ABV: 6.7%

Commercial Description:

A rich, nutty, full bodied English Ale with an inviting amber hue and hoppy finish Prelude has 6.7% alcohol by volume, making this seasonal specialty the perfect winter warmer.

Why we selected the Shipyard Prelude:

Prelude has been poured many times by 2 Beer Guys for both our own personal enjoyment and the enjoyment of others.  The word prelude can be  defined loosely as a preface or an introductory performance, so it’s fitting that this beer be our gift to you on the first day of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

More Details:

  • Ingredients:
    • Malt: 2-Row British Pale ALe, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley
    • Hops: Cascade, Tettnang, Fuggles, Goldings
    • Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
  • Food Pairings: Desserts, Turkey, Stews
  • First Brewed: November – December
  • Available in: 12oz, 22oz, Keg


Shipyard Prelude 6 pk

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About Shipyard Brewing Company:
Shipyard Brewing Company is an American microbrewery and soft drink manufacturer based in Portland, Maine and founded in 1994. Maine ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for microbreweries, with Shipyard the largest brewer (owning the Shipyard, Sea Dog Brewing Company, and Casco Bay Brewing Company banners). Shipyard is the 15th largest microbrewery in the United States, and the third largest in New England.

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