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“Pineapples come in a golden-colored ring. We got really creative with some of these,” Randi admits.

Twelve Casks of Christmas

For the purposes of this blog, CMBC is your true love. (But you’ve always known that.) And, for Christmas — at least according to that song synonymous with rushing through the holidays — your true love gives you stuff.

A lot of stuff.

But what the hell are you supposed to do with twelve drummers? Where exactly is one supposed to find a lord in modern-day America, regardless of their leaping ability? And all those birds. Six geese a-laying is enough of a problem, but if your true love is repeating all of those gifts as the song suggests, you’re going to end up with 184 birds.

No one wants 184 birds. Instead, we’ll just get you beer.

Enter the Twelve Casks of Christmas!

“We’re tapping twelve pins,” explains Chief Celebrations Officer Randi Friel. “Starting December 1st, we’ll tap one. December 8th, we’ll tap two. December 15th, we’ll tap three, and December 22nd, during our Griswold-slash-Ugly Sweater Christmas party, we’ll tap six.”

We saw great success with the six one-offs we tapped for our St. Patrick’s Day party, and we wanted to spread the joy around the Holidays.

“I spent a lot of time on Google trying to find something for Christmas,” she tells us, “and this is what I came up with. All of these beers are based on the song.”

IMG_9038In all seriousness, Randi really outdid herself. It’s not easy to work turtle doves into a beer, but, somehow she pulled it off. It definitely required some out-of-the-box thinking.

  • A partridge in a pear tree = Pear Saison — December 1st

Relatively self-explanatory.

  • Two turtle doves = King Porter Stomp with turtle chocolates (peanuts and caramel) — December 8th

Out-of-the-box, but it makes sense.

  • Three French hens = French Saison with rosemary, thyme, oregano, and lavender — December 8th

“We actually looked up how to cook a French hen,” Randi tells us, “so we took the herbs to make a French hen and infused a French Saison.”

We didn’t actually stuff a hen into the beer. Sorry.

  • Four colly birds = King Porter Stomp, before chocolate is added — December 15th

Calling birds is actually colly birds,” Randi explains. “It got changed when America got ahold of the song, I guess. Colly means black.”

  • Five golden rings = Pineapple Saison — December 15th

“Pineapples come in a golden-colored ring. We got really creative with some of these,” she admits.

  • Six geese a-laying = IPA infused with Wawa coffee — December 15th

IMG_9067Take a look at a Wawa sign: it’s got a goose a-flying. And Randi looooves her Wawa coffee.

  • Seven swans a-swimming = Gose — December 22nd

“This one is my favorite,” she says, “because I love goses.”

  • Eight maids a-milking = King Porter Stomp with lactose — December 22nd

Lactose is milk. Chocolate is milky.

  • Nine ladies dancing = Wheat ale with ladyfingers and vanilla — December 22nd

If you shake your glass, you can get them to dance.

  • Ten lords a-leaping = Tide Table with juicy hops — December 22nd

Leaping… hopping…. What’s the difference?

  • Eleven pipers piping = Dank IPA — December 22nd

“Pipers piping, we went along with the dankness. We’ll let you come to your own conclusions on this one.”

Ah.

“This was [Head Brewer] Brian [Hink]’s idea, to do, like, a Fraggle Rock, but with metal. Metal Rock. Concrete? Metal Rock?”

Sounds like this is going to be a great time! It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays and have a load of new beers on tap every time you stop in to the brewery.

Swing down throughout December to try these casks. See you then!

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