Csons-GreetingsIt has been 3 years since Lompoc Brewing has brewed their delicious Vanilla Porter called Holiday Cheer. I have been bugging the owner Jerry Fechter and brewer Bryan Keilty, about this for the past 3 years. Well this year they caved. Since they no longer have their brew house on NW 23rd they don’t have the capacity to make as many holiday beers as they have in the past. That means that they have to rotate. So this year they will start rotating with Holiday Cheer and next year will brew 8 Malty Nights, another popular holiday beer they brew. Each winter I look forward to enjoying a sampler tray of typically 8-12 Holiday beers from Lompoc. This year they are offering these 9 at all of their Lompoc pubs.

Cherry Christmas 2013 | Specialty Blend

Fermented in a wine tote with 200 pounds of sour cherries.

Jolly Bock | Lager

Jolly Bock was brewed with a generous amount of Munich malt to develop the deep amber color and rich malt flavor. The malty flavor is balanced with a spicy hop bitterness. 7.3% ABV

Brewdolph | Belgian Style Red

Featuring a malty and creamy body, Brewdolph was brewed with the Belgian Ardennes yeast strain and boasts a mild fruitiness and a spicy clove character. 7.7% ABV

Holiday Cheer | Robust Vanilla Porter

Holiday Cheer combines big chocolate flavor and a full body with mellow vanilla notes, complements of whole vanilla beans in the conditioning tank. 6.8% ABV

C-Sons Greetings | Imperial IPA

Brewed and dry-hopped with all seven “C” hops, this Imperial IPA boasts a deep copper color with a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. Enjoy full hop flavor with a rich caramel malt finish and an endless developing hop presence. 8% ABV

Old Tavern Rat | Barleywine

Dark amber in color, Old Tavern Rat was aged for almost a year prior to its release. It has a strong bitterness that is balanced with the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4% ABV

Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat | Barleywine

Originally brewed in December 2011, this dark amber colored barleywine was aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 22 months, then cellared for an additional two. It boasts a soft oak character with raisin and fig notes. 9.7% ABV

Revelry Red Ale | Specialty Blend made exclusively for the 2013 Holiday Ale Festival 

This custom blend takes our Big Bang Red aged in Big Bottom Whiskey barrels with 80 pounds of sour cherries for nine months, and blends it with Big Bang Red aged in Maryhill Winery Port barrels for 11 months. The resulting beer is crimson in color, malty in body with notes of cherry and oak, and finishes slightly tart. 8% ABV

Blitzen | Spiced Golden Ale

Bright gold in color, this ale is infused with coriander, dried apricots and Centennial hops and features an aroma of hops and apricots. The flavor mixes bready wheat malt character with underlying notes of spicy coriander. 4.6% ABV


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