I was at the liquor store Friday night buying wine and beer for our Christmas party on Saturday night, and the shelves were full of winter ales and holiday stouts. What I didn’t see was a Hanukkah inspired beer, not that I was really looking for one.
I was amused to read in Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LeBan’s blog over the weekend about Jewbelation, a kosher beer for the Jewish holiday by He’Brew – The Chosen Beer. Amused not because there’s a Jewish beer, but amused with the clever name and LeBan’s review.
Christmas always inspires the best in beer-makers, who turn out their most opulently spiced brews for the season. So why not a jolly Hanukkah beer, too?
The crafty folks at He'Brew (a.k.a. "the Chosen Beer"), have answered that prayer with Jewbelation 12, a big-boy dark ale that really lit my menorah.
The folks at epicurious like Jewbelation, too, and have named it one of their top five holidays beers.
It may be tempting to write off this Hanukkah beer as a gimmick, but to do so would be a mistake, as this is one serious brew. Twelve malts, including rye and spelt, and 12 varieties of hop combine to make a potent (12 percent) and remarkably complex jigsaw puzzle of a brew with a forceful personality and long, lingering finish.
I appreciate a good, dark beer so if I happen upon Jewbelation at a restaurant or liquor store, this gentile just might be giving this Jewish beer a taste test.