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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 25: Hoppy Holidaze presented by Ashley Routson

@TheBeerWench, @MarinBrewingCo

Marin Hoppy Holidaze - Pour

Beer Advent Calendar – Day 25: Hoppy Holidaze presented by Ashley Routson

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!
Ashley, the Beer Wench

Blogger: Ashley Rouston
Blog Name: Drink With The Wench
Twitter: @TheBeerWench
Instagram: @TheBeerWench
Untappd: @TheBeerWench
Beer: Happy Holidaze
Brewery: Marin Brewing Co. (Marin, CA)
Beer Details:

  • Style: Christmas Ale
  • ABV: 7%
  • IBUs: 28

Marin Brewing Hoppy Holizade - Bottle

Commercial Description:
Our traditional Christmas Ale, brewed with Pale, Wheat, Caramalt and Munich malts, and hopped with Sterling and Styrian Goldings varieties. Delicately spiced with canela, nutmeg, mace, orange peel and pure vanilla extract. 7.0% alcohol by volume.


Why I selected Hoppy Holidaze:
Brewed by one of my favorite local brewers, Arne Johnson, Hoppy Holidaze is a truly unqiue and extremely tasty holiday beer. Golden amber with well-balanced flavors of caramel, vanilla, citrus and baking spices, Hoppy Holidaze is oddly reminiscent of carrot cake.

A mild hop bitterness pleasantly surprises the palate, giving way to a spicy, semi-dry finish. In my opinion, Hoppy Holidaze pairs particularly well with sugar cookies, aged Gouda, roasted sweet potatoes, lighter meats, and, naturally, carrot cake.


About The Beer Wench:

Ashley Routson, known amongst the craft beer community as The Beer Wench, is a self-proclaimed craft beer evangelist and social media maven on a mission to advance the craft beer industry through education, inspiration and advocacy. She is currently the “Director of Awesomeness” at Bison Brewing in Berkeley, Calif., as well as the founding editor of, and IPADay.Org. Ashley is also a regular contributor to and the Whole Foods Market corporate blog.

Marin Brewing Logo

About Marin Brewing:

In the late 1980’s, Craig Tasley, a Marin County native with a background in restaurant management, teamed up with Brendan Moylan, an accountant turned brewer, with a specific goal in mind: provide the residents of Marin County with a brewpub offering the highest quality brews, a comfortable welcoming atmosphere, and delicious pub fare. With the help of their supportive families and a handful of eager investors, this dynamic pair was able to create their dream.

On April Fools Day, 1989, Craig and Brendan proudly opened the doors of Marin Brewing Company, offering Marin County its first taste of what would go on to be a globally award winning Microbrewery. Right out of the gate, in October 1989, Marin Brewing Company won the first four of what would become many medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Meanwhile, back at home, Marin Brewing Company was quickly becoming the go-to place for beer enthusiasts. It was a dream come true for long-time die-hard home brewer, Brendan Moylan.

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