Monday, October 22, 2007

Saturnalia MMVII pre-orders: Belgians.

NABC's annual Saturnalia draft festival, which kicks off this year on Friday, December 7, is a winter solstice celebration designed to run most of December and into February. In the fashion of our other draft fests, I seek to acquire numerous kegs which are tapped, drained and replaced roughly 15 at a time until all are depleted.

For me, Saturnalia is the most fun of all, and not just because I get to publicly espouse paganism during Christmas.

During Saturnalia, I look for as many holiday-themed and winter seasonal beers as possible, but there's also room for fun things that don't always fit at other times. Spiced and fruit-flavored beers are not resisted as they would be at other times of the year. Hoppy beers are recognized in October (Lupulin Land; ongoing), and big beers in late winter/early spring (Gravity Head; February 29), but at Saturnalia, "festive" beers of all stripes have a place.

I'm particularly fond of Belgian holiday ales, and so far, shopping for these has gone exceedingly well. A record list is shaping up, and here are the pre-orders; no guarantees of success in procurement, but fingers crossed. In the coming days, I'll publish the pre-orders for other imports and American microbrews, the latter just now falling into place.

Biere de Miel (Dupont)
De Dolle Stille Nacht
De Glazen Toren Canaster Winter Scotch
De Glazen Toren Cuvee Angelique
De Ranke Pere Noel
Delirium Noel
Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux
Gouden Carolus Noel
Kasteel Rouge
La Rulles Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux
N’Ice Chouffe
Scaldis Noel
St. Feuillien Cuvee de Noel
Urthel Bock

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