Two Hop Open Sleigh
Style: Red IPA
Grain: Pale, Wheat, Crystal, Special B
Hops: Cascade, Centennial
Extra: fresh rosemary and spruce needles
Fermented with American yeast
Tasting notes: citrus, herbs, toasted bread, pine resin
Pair with: Torta Ahogada, Firecracker Shrimp
There are many things that signal the start of the Christmas season. For some, it's as simple and strict as the day after Halloween or Thanksgiving. For others, it's the first time they hear Mariah Carey singing about what she wants for Christmas on the radio. For me, one of those signs is the release of one of my favorite beers. I see that red box with the winter scene on it and I switch into holiday beer mode.
This is not that beer - this is but a tribute. The choice of hops are the same and there are some similarities in the grain bill, but that's about it. I use my favorite malt here (yes, all brewers have a favorite malt - just ask the next brewer you talk to) and I use real rosemary and spruce needles to add a little more Christmas cheer.
I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do, and find a way to enjoy it with friends and family this holiday season. Cheers!