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Erl Hell |Geiselhoring Germany It was a miserable evening. It had not rained all day. We spent the day cleaning the house and finishing the last of the Christmas decorating. Mrs. Dan asked what “what are you making for dinner.” I then asked Mr. Ben what he was making for dinner as I was in the mood to delegate responsibility. He said chicken and noodles but served separately. Not really willing to delegate all of the responsibility as there might be grilling involved I got out some chicken thighs and fired up the grill. He manned the pot of boiling water and started reading the box instructions like it was a 10th grade science experiment. I used some Gunpowder Finishing Salt (a delicious seasoning I bought at Farmview Market in Madison) on the chicken and headed to the grill. It is a law of sorts that if you are outside…

It’s Day 3 of the Brewer’s Advent Calendar. Looks like it’s back to hell. Of course this isn’t beer hell but helles style beer which according to my handy Oxford Companion to Beer, “is a pale golden lager that is the everyday session beer of Bavaria Germany. The German word ‘hell’ or ‘helles’ simply means ‘pales.'” I say back to hell because on Day 1 we had the Grumpy German Helles. |f there are going to be 24 beers I assume there will be a lot of “hell” to pay. Sorry. Couldn’t resist that. This beer is produced in Großköllnbach, Germany, by Privatbrauerei Egerer. Egerer does not have any info on their website about this brew so I assume this is one they produce for non-German markets. They feature mostly bottled beers but if you dive in deep enough they have some canned beers including a Super Schwarz that sounds…

I swore I would never buy a large beer pack with the intent of actually reviewing the brews ever, ever again. I bought one of the Mannerhandtasche XXL (The Man Bag in German) at Lidl back in the summer and took it forever before I was in the mood to taste 13 beers in reasonable amount of time (I still need to publish that review). So as soon as I swore to never buy another one I grabbed the first Brewer’s Advent Calendar I saw at Costco back in September for $69.99. That was a much better price than the $99 Costco wanted for the Wine Adventure Advent Calendar. It is packaged by the same company that produced the Man Bag. Instead of 13 it’s now 24 and I have no clue as to what’s in there. But I suspect it might be some of the same beers I had…

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