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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

As Hanukkah Winds Down, We're Still Firing Up the Jewbelation

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 2:19 PM

click to enlarge Shmaltz's gift pack ― the bottles can double as a menorah.
  • Shmaltz's gift pack ― the bottles can double as a menorah.

Hanukkah is a time to celebrate miracles. This year, Shmaltz Brewing Co. ― which calls both S.F. and N.Y. home ― asked you to put down the Manischewitz for a minute and celebrate the miracle of beer. The 14-year-old brewery (happy belated bar mitzvah!) has been churning out its Jewbelation Anniversary Ale for seven years running. Each year, the malt additions, hop profile, and alcohol content are designed to match the age of the brewery, so for its 14th year, Shmaltz crafted a 14 percent ABV beast incorporating 14 malts and 14 hop varieties. If beer descriptors like "figs," "molasses," and "tobacco" snag your attention, then you're in for a treat ― just like the panel for Brian Yaeger's blind holiday-beer tasting, which rated Jewbelation 14 first in a field of 10.

What's more, in honor of Hanukkah, the Shmaltz rebrewed the previous six iterations of its anniversary ale, along with a blend of all seven recipes aged in rye whiskey barrels, just for good measure. The entire set of brews (complete with commemorative glassware, candles, and instructions for making a menorah out of empty beer bottles) is available at better beer stores. Or if you'd rather celebrate Hanukkah's waning festive nights from a barstool, all eight have been tapped in progressive nightly fashion at the Church Key (call for tapping times). Dreidel not included.

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