31 Beers of December – Day 23: Ninkasi Sleigh’r
To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the fourth 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 regional/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.
Blogger: Tatiana Peavey
Website: http://www.FugglyBrew.com and http://www.SigilOfTheGoat.com
Twitter / Instagram: @Goats_Udder / http://instagram.com/goats_udder
Beer: Ninkasi Sleigh’r
Brewery: Ninkasi Eugene, OR
-ABV: 7.2% ABV
-Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carahell, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
A delicious Northwest seasonal brewed with winter in mind. A dark doüble alt ale, malty and delicious, it’s sure to keep the winter at bay. And yes, Sleigh’r does rock!
An alt ferments with ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives alts a more refined and crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. The doüble alt means that it has been “Ninkasified.” Regular alts are 5 to 5.5 percent ABV and 40 IBU’s. Sleigh’r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry and has 7.2 percent ABV and 50 IBU’s keeping it in a perfect alt balance!
Why I selected Ninkasi Sleigh’r:
“Now, Dash’er! Now Dance’er! Now, Panzer and Vex’em.” “On Comet! On Cupid! Oh, Darn-it I’m Blitzed, son!” This double-dark altbier will have your nose glowing like Rudolph the Reign-In-Blood Deer at (well for the style) a “whopping” 7.2%. Sleigh’r is warming, yet crisp; this beer is perfect for pairing with food and dessert as well as deglazing that deliciously crusty roasting pan you were thinking about contaminating with Carlo Rossi—Just stop! This beer made amazing mushroom gravy that I cooked up from the sucs of a diabolus duck, porcini, rosemary, and garlic: I called it Seasoning in the Abyss.
Flavor wise, Sleigh’r is toasty and slightly roasty with a dry nutty coco finish and light mouthfeel. Instead of leaving cookies for Santa on the household hearth/Altar of Sacrifice, make sure you leave him a nice bomber of Ninkasi Sleigh’r to finish his War-m Ensemble and carry him through the Witching Hour…. Have I made my Hallowed Point? Terrible references and puns aside, I truly enjoy this beer and look forward to making it part of my holiday table, it will Cleanse The Soul and the palate alike.
About Tatiana & Fuggly Brew:
Tatiana Peavey is one of California’s beer and beverage brats. She grew up in her home town of Mendocino just a stone’s throw from North Coast Brewing Co where the smell of brewing beer indoctrinated her from day one. Blending her love of music and craft beverage– Tatiana is currently the mastermind behind the metal inspired clothing brand, Sigil Of The Goat, celebrating Craft Beer and Hailing Satan!
About Ninkasi Brewing Co:
The ancient Sumerians worshipped the beer they made and praised the Goddess Ninkasi for the miracle of fermentation. As one of the first-known communities, the Sumerians began to forgo hunting and gathering for an agrarian existence, establishing the first foundations of modern civilization. They understood the value of beer in their communities and relied on the brewery as a pillar and hub of social connectivity. Additionally, beer and the fermentation process provided potable water, nourishment, health, and joy. It was the catalyst for written language and education; all valuable contributors to an evolved quality of life and living.
Today, Ninkasi Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing the highest quality craft beers in support of culture, community, and the uniqueness of each individual and their passions—while evoking as much enjoyment as possible along the way! We believe in and are committed to sharing experiences that create value for our customers, our partners, and our communities in service to our core purpose: to Perpetuate Better Living. Beer is a staple of civilization. Believe in the Goddess.
Visit the brewery online at http://www.ninkasibrewing.com