Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Night Suds - Shiner Holiday Cheer

This week's Sunday Night Suds cheers the shiny new couple - Mr and Mrs P, whose beautiful wedding I was zoche to attend with Mrs KB this evening.

Earlier this summer I found a bottle of Shiner Holiday Cheer in the mix your own six pack section of the Big M supermarket in Walton, NY. Having never seen this variety before, I tossed it into the six pack holder with some other new beer and shortly thereafter put it in the fridge and forgot about it.

A few weeks later, I was looking through the fridge for a beer to share with Mrs KB on a warm Shabbos afternoon and came across the Shiner Holiday Cheer. We opened the beer and were immediately struck by the fruitiness. However, this was not citrus or spice - it was real fruit, more specifically a strong peach flavor. At that point I examined the bottle label more carefully and noticed that the beer was flavored with pecans and peaches. Yes, these are "holiday" fruits, but one would expect them to be found in a fruitcake, not beer. Yet strangely, these flavors really worked in this fruit infused Bavarian style dark wheat beer. The fruit was oddly refreshing and was not cloying nor medicinal. (Unfortunately the bottle went out with the trash before I could take a picture of it, hence the stock photo above).

The Shiner Holiday Cheer is generally available during the winter in mixed 6 and 12 packs, It is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit although there is no symbol on the the bottle. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the Shiner Holiday Cheer (spoiler alert - they like it too!), please follow this link

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver. If you've tried this beer or any others which have been reviewed on the kosher beers site, please feel free to post your comments (anonymous comments are acceptable).

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