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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 23: Double Mountain Fa La La La La presented by Angelo M. De Ieso II

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Double Mountain Fa La La La La

Beer Advent Calendar – Day 23: Double Mountain Fa La La La La presented by Angelo M. De Ieso II

To celebrate the Holiday Season, and have teamed up with beer bloggers around the country to host the second annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. 31 Bloggers Blogging – click here for the running list of beers/bloggers.

Let’s see who is spreading holiday cheer today!

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Blogger: Angelo M. De Ieso II

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Beer: Fa La La La La
Brewery: Double Mountain
Beer Details:

  • Style: Winter Warmer
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 85
  • Brewed Since: 2007
  • Availability: Winter Seasonal

Commercial Description:
‘Tis the season to be jolly, so let us contribute with a tune of our own. This strong ale features bagfuls of Matt’s favorite hop — Centennials — and the gentle balance of a strong malty brew to warm your heart and soul.

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Why I selected the Double Mountain Fa La La La La:
With a great name and a simply beautiful label for the first bottle release of this beer, what’s not to like? Available as a winter seasonal release, Double Mountain’s Fa La La La La  now comes in 500ml re-useable bottles thanks to this year’s additional of a bottling line in the Hood River, Oregon brewery’s recently expanded brewhouse.

Brewmaster Matt Swihart knows a thing or two about warming hoppy winter ales. As a former head brewer at nearby Full Sail, Matt helped to develop the beloved Wreck the Halls ale. With Fa La La La La, Swihart and his brewers employ a big organic Pilsner and Munich malt bill with a bit of Crystals to give it some wintry oomph. With some of the charismatic attributes of DM’s IRA and Hop Lava, this beer is quite versatile with different dishes and is especially great with pizza.

This is not your typical overly spiced holiday ale. Nope, it’s just a dope beer that would be approachable (especially to hop heads) at any time of the year.  Ordering this beer makes me feel like a holiday fruitcake, and you know what, I am good with that!

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About Double Mountain brewery:

Matt Swihart and Charlie Devereux founded Double Mountain in 2007 with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Ours is a “brewers’ brewery”, with an uncompromising focus on beer quality.

From the beginning, our goal was to make beers that we liked to drink. All of our beers are served up unfiltered and long-aged, to deliver maximum flavor and character. The beers can be very complex and assertive, but with the ultimate goal of proper balance. We aim to satisfy both the hardcore aficionados and the more casual craft beer fan, all in the same glass

Matt & Charlie met over fifteen years ago while working brew shifts at Full Sail Brewery. They shared a common bond —a love of good beer and food, and working for peanuts in a wild and exciting location, the Columbia Gorge. Charlie eventually left Full Sail in 1995 to pursue other projects, while Matt hung around, rising to the position of Assistant Brewmaster in 1999. They kept in touch.

In recent years, whenever the two got together with family or friends, the evening would inevitably end on a back porch somewhere, drinks in hand, scheming on Matt’s “next move”. Should it be a farmhouse brewery, or a cider company, or maybe even a winery? Matt would test-drive ideas on Charlie, who was working on his MBA at Portland State University.

Once the MBA was out of the way, with Charlie unhappily employed “in the straight world”, it was only a matter of time, really, before the two would come to the same conclusion:

“Well hell, let’s do something together!”

As luck would have it, on a rainy day in February, Matt spied a “For Lease” sign in one of the few light-industrial-zoned storefronts in downtown Hood River. Just over a year later, on St. Patrick’s Day 2007, Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom was unveiled to a thirsty public. With Matt at helm in the brewhouse and Charlie focusing on marketing, sales and the finer points of making a killer pizza, the business hit the ground running.

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