From the Bottle Collection: 2 Days Before Christmas Beer

One Bottle Collection beer for every day before Christmas. Rating system: not actually meant as a “tense” comment. All these beers either don’t exist anymore, or I tasted in the past. Hopefully, if not so hot before, they’re better now. If they do still exist. Or hopefully, if not better they’re as dead as the… Dickens.

Ghost of Christmas Present… remember him? Jolly, fun: the kind of guy you’d invite to a party for the season, and the kind of beer you could bring to a festive affair and not be totally laughed out of the room by festive beer geeks. That’s the best a beer gets in this series. Now Ghost of Christmas Past isn’t a great award. You can see from the picture he can be a bit of a grump. Probably from mediocre’ beer. And best not bring a Ghost of Christmas Past Beer to a beer geek festive affair. You’ll be the limp wet noodle of the party. A Ghost of Christmas Future beer? You remember that guy, right? If you want to be laughed at, have to bring most of your offering home and feel like you’ve just attended your own funeral instead of a party, bring a Ghost of Christmas Future beer. Some Ghost of Future Beer might best serve as embalming fluid.

Written by Ken Carman

Young’s Winter Ale and Young’s Winter Warmer

I have a problem here. The Winter Ale is labeled 89-90. The Winter Warmer
is newer: probably early 2000. Are they the same product? I doubt it, but the Ale may have morphed into the Warmer. I’m sure the recipe has probably changed a tad.

The Warmer was a bit spicy: more than likely spicy English hops, a deep amber. A nit chocolate and sweet. Complex, but a bit light bodied for a warmer… but that’s more from an American perspective.

I can’t rate it well because, though I love Youngs, I have found distribution a bit problematic in the past. When it’s fresh, it’s grand. When it’s not… well that’s what happens to beer when it sits in some warehouse, or out in the sun. I seem to remember these two were more than a bit cardboard-like, though different. The Warmer a bit heavier and higher abv.

Normally I’d do a Ghost of Future beer here, but blaming this all on Youngs is a bit unfair. maybe this is just a way for distributors to get even for all that Redcoat stuff, oh, so long ago. But I couldn’t give them a… Present. So a Ghost of Christmas Past it is.

Without intent, I have collected well over 1,000 beer bottles since the early 70s. When something finally had to be done about the cheap paneling in this old modular, I had a choice. Tear down the walls while, oh, so carefully, replacing the often rotted 1X3s. Or: cover them with… The Bottle Collection.