Welcome to the first ever Friday Happy Hour, your weekly, single-drink primer.
In the Christmas spirit, I’m going to recommend a beer the bears the taste of the season. Well, it bears the taste of your Christmas tree, anyways. Spruce Goose, by Steamworks Brewing Co., is a strong ale brewed with spruce tips. As you can imagine, the beer has a distinct pine flavor, which evokes the vestiges of the Christmas season like none other. The ale is balanced and fruity, with subtle yet distinct overhang of spruce. The pine is prevailing flavor, but it’s not over powering such that you get a full, complex range of flavors as you sip the beer.
It can be had from Rick’s Wine and Gourmet in Alexandria, as well as at other specialty shops in the area (readers: be so kind as to report sightings).