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Beer of the week: Samichlaus lager

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 08, 2011 7:20 AM

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This week's beer of the week is one of the strongest lagers in the world, at 14 percent alcohol by volume. And the Samichlaus (Swiss-German for Santa Clause) is as strong as it is rare.

The beer is so uncommon because it is only brewed on Dec. 6 every year.

It is brewed in Eggenberg Castle in Austria. Beer has been brewed in the castle since the 14th century.

The complex lager features a variety of flavors, including fruits, cotton candy, and hints of tobacco. And before the flavors hit, a slight burn from the alcohol will.

Drinkers of the beer would do well to pair it with dark chocolate desserts, said Joe Hotek of John's Grocery, 401 E. Market St.

The Samichlaus is a great unicorn of a beer; it is definitely worth the work it takes to find a bottle.

— by Jordan Montgomery


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