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153873_3728 Why do New Year resolutions have to be a chore? Instead of over-reaching, boring promises to lose weight, exercise more or cut up credit cards, why not take on some resolutions that will give you added enjoyment and will have some chance of success?

To help you get started, we’ve put together our list of New Beer Resolutions – a set of ideas that will inspire the beer lover inside of you, reinvigorate your taste and possibly kick-start a new hobby.

So, jump into the list and leave a comment with your New Beer Resolutions for 2009!

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duff We may take it for granted, but the fictional beers of TV and movies are some of the best loved brands in existence. Some of these beers have achieved the brand recognition and affection that major commercial beers can only dream of.

Some TV shows and movies will feature beers are a convenient plot device, but others take the time and effort to cultivate a bona fide beer brand, with tag lines, brewery scenes/episodes and a detailed history. It’s always fun to see characters drinking fictitious beers on screen. As there is no real product or company to protect, the scope for biting satire, commentary or simply plain inventiveness, is unlimited.

We searched long and hard and found 15 of the most prominent, well-loved and interesting fictional beers from TV and film. See how many you recognize!

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DSC_7269 Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

ABV: 6.8%

Review: This seasonal beer from Sierra Nevada truly lives up to its celebratory name. When poured, the ale has an appealing head and rich amber tones – perfectly designed for the cold winter drinking period. It’s a wonderful, medium bodied beer, with an initial malty taste followed by a delicious, pronounced hoppy flavor that stands up well throughout the tasting. As befitting a seasonal ale, this special brew has an intense flavor that makes this a true pleasure to drink. If you haven’t yet sampled this fine ale during the festive period, it would make an excellent choice for ringing in the New Year. 

Food pairing: There really is no need to pair this fine drink with food. However, it would make an excellent companion to the usual holiday party snacks, or indeed, a turkey sandwich.

LegendsOfBeer.com rating: 9 out of 10

Have you tasted Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale? Do you agree/disagree with our rating? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments.

 

615751_33445963 If you drink enough beer, you’ll probably be inspired to dream up some fantastic new inventions that would benefit mankind. For some people, they go beyond merely dreaming and create very unusual beer-related products. Some of these have novelty value, while others are simply quite surreal.

We have compiled 10 of the most bizarre and interesting for your wonder and amusement…

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DSC_7065Brewery: Henry Weinhard’s 

ABV: 4.86%

Review: I have something of a soft spot for Henry Weinhard’s range of beers.They were my first introduction to craft beers of the Pacific Northwest, and although I’ve graduated to some of the true gems of the region, I routinely enjoy their signature strong, crisp ale that is usually priced very well for a craft beer. With that in mind, I decided to try their hefeweizen, billed as a ‘honey brewed wheat beer’. For me, it’s a little too subtle and restrained – I had to search long and hard for good flavor. There are faint wheat flavors and the honey definitely adds a pleasant sweetness, but overall, the result is a less than full-on experience. Typically, I like my hefeweizens to be refreshing and cravable; this succeeds in neither category for me.

Food pairing: I would pair this beer with calamari or other sea food, although only if my other options were ‘lite beers’.

LegendsOfBeer.com rating: 2 out of 10

Have you tasted Henry Weinhard’s Hefeweizen? Do you agree/disagree with our rating? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments.

957577_61346989Many households have a festive Christmas Eve tradition that involves leaving some liquid refreshment by the fireplace for Santa to enjoy when he visits during the night.

I can remember back to my own childhood when a bottle of Guinness was left out each year for the man in red. The bottle was always empty the next morning!

This year, I will be leaving out a bottle of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale on my fireplace. A wonderful seasonal ale, it has rich complex flavors and is surprisingly refreshing. I think Santa will appreciate that one.

Will you be leaving a beer out for Santa this year? If so, what beer will it be? 

If you don’t expect Santa to visit your house, what beer would you recommend to leave out? Which of the seasonal ales would be a good pick, and why? Leave a comment with your thoughts…

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DSC_7084 Brewery: Atlanta Brewing Company 

ABV: 7.0%

Review: This distinctive ale packs flavor with a punch! The first sip is a full-on taste experience and it doesn’t let up right through the glass. At first appearance, this rich rust-red ale delivers an impressive head and a full bodied mouth of hops and malt. A most distinctive, memorable taste makes this a surprisingly easy drinker. It nicely balances between strong flavor and harshness, but never straying beyond a most satisfying level. Watch out for a superb hint of coffee as you down this one. Definitely one to investigate! 

Food pairing: I would pair this robust ale with a burger and fries, fish and chips or with BBQ food, such as ribs.

LegendsOfBeer.com rating: 8 out of 10

Have you tasted Red Brick Brown Ale? Do you agree/disagree with our rating? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments.