Our esteemed Atlanta-based brethren, Sweetwater, has released a limited edition Festive Ale which I picked up at a local package store the other day. The bottle itself is devoid of description of any kind about the beer, so I was forced to do some searching on the internet. From Sweetwater’s website:
A full-bodied, high-octane brew capped off with our use of cinnamon and mace. This beer will warm you all the way to your bones. Brewed only one day a year. We only bottle 7200 liters, 3800 12 oz. cases, and a handful of kegs, so get it while you can.
The liter bottles are each dipped in red wax, which is pretty much the only reason I bought the beer in the first place. I didn’t NEED more beer. But… it was red wax… so…
I cracked the bottle last night with a couple friends from college. Andy, predictably, struggled with the wax seal. I had no idea what to expect, seeing as I didn’t read the description till this morning. The Festive Ale was very rich with strong hints of molasses. Nay, DARK molasses. It was also pretty heavy. The 8.6% wasn’t lost on me, no sir.
Pick up a bottle and give it a try. And as long as your name isn’t Travis, we wish you a merry Christmas!