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31 Beers of December – Day 14: Angels with Filthy Souls

@BissellBrosBrew @sanborn13
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.

Angels with Filthy Souls

James Sanborn
Blogger:  James Sanborn
Blog Name: Insurance Guy Beer Blog
Twitter/Facebook: @sanborn13 Insurance Guy Beer facebook 
About James:  I am an insurance agent that specializes in craft breweries, distilleries, mead/cider and other craft beverages. I also work with beer bars, craft beer focused restaurants, tour buses, hop farms and related businesses. Because of my job I get to visit a lot of breweries, mostly in the northeast and I drink a lot of beer. My blog focuses mostly on beer and breweries in New England.
Beer:  Angels with Filthy Souls
Brewery:  Bissell Brothers Brewing. Portland, Maine.
Twitter: @BissellBrosBrew
Beer Details:
-Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
-ABV: 6.3%
-OG: 1.066
-Hops: amarillo
-Malts: 2-row, maris otter, flaked oats, flaked barley, pale chocolate, carastan, caramel 80, midnight wheat

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Commercial Description
Our first dark offering; this porter is laced with lactose sugar to balance the tremendous amounts of armarillo hops contained within. Debuted in December 2014 to commemorate both the holiday season and our first anniversary, this unique celebratory ale will always rear its yellow, no-good, fore-flushing kiester around Christmastime.

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Why I selected Angels with Filthy Souls:
Angels with Filthy Souls is the third seasonal release for the Bissell Brothers and it marks both their first anniversary and their holiday beer. In typical Bissell Brothers fashion they decided to forgo the typical winter/holiday spice for this beer and add loads of Amarillo hops and lacto to a well crafted porter. This gives Angels with Filthy Souls an amazingly smooth mouthfeel and very unique taste. The name of this beer is a reference to the movie Home Alone which I completely missed but my wife and oldest daughter both picked up on immediately.

If you have not made the trip up to Maine in the past year you are missing out on a lot of great things including the offerings from the Bissell Brothers.


About Insurance Guy Beer Blog:
My name is James Sanborn and I am a beer geek and an insurance nerd. I have been in the insurance business and a craft beer drinker since 1993. One of my favorite beers in college was Geary’s Hampshire Special Ale back when it was a seasonal and the first extreme beer I had was a Samual Adams Triple Bock in 1997.

A few years ago I decided to document my journey through craft beer by starting this blog. Shortly after I realized there was a great group of craft beer people in Maine and beyond and quickly made lots of friends in the industry. Within a few months I decided to mix my business with my beer hobby and focus my efforts on insurance for the craft beer industry. The program has been far more successful than I anticipated which has led me to start New England Beer Insurance.

If there is a brew fest, bottle release or other beer related event you will probably see me there. If you know a brewer, bar or store owner or someone else in the craft beer industry please share my info with them – its easy just click the links below and send to them on Facebook, Twitter or via email.


About Bissle Brothers Brewery
Bissell Brothers was born out of a desire to make something from our deepest interests and passions that would become a separate entity; greater than the individual sums of its creators. We believe that great beer comes from a commitment to be constantly challenging the perceptions of what different styles of beers can actually become. The second we settle, the second we say that a beer has been taken as far as it can go, we start losing. The proverbial mountaintop exists only in our minds. Always be climbing, always be pushing forward.

The next, and equally important commitment, is to the process. There is serenity to be found in even the most menial, repetitive task. There are always ways to improve yourself and your methods, hiding just below the surface.

The parties, jokes, and fun we seem to be having? We have created our own world in which to reside, and we love sharing it with all those that want to partake. I promise you, there is no greater joy, professionally.

The painfully fleeting span of the human life is much too short and precious to spend it being anything less than the best you can possibly be in your chosen vocation. We love the work we do, for its own sake. We spend every day trying to get better, and we treat the opportunity to give this beer to the people of Maine every week as the gift that it is. Thank you for drinking.

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