It's getting colder. Snow is starting to get forecasted around the country, and will inevitably hit KC soon. Plus, Christmas is sneaking up on us and some of our beer budgets are getting redirected toward gifts for people that we have to pretend to care about. So, what better than a nice dark beer that will warm you up a bit and will go easy on your wallet?
Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale is just that. Now, some of you may scoff at the fact that I'm recommending a Trader Joe's beer. But keep in mind that Trader Joe's has contracted their brewing to such breweries as Goose Island, Firestone Walker and in this case, Unibroue.
Unibroue has brewed up a Belgian strong dark ale that has a good amount of spice and a touch of sweetness to keep things balanced. This is the perfect beer to sip on in your living room while you watch the temperature drop and think 'Good God, I'm glad I don't have to go out there.' At 9% ABV, this will definitely make A Michael Buble Christmas considerably more entertaining, and for only $4.99 a bomber, it shouldn't ding your bank account too terribly.
Generally, I can't stand Trader Joe's or the socially unaware customer base that clogs its aisles. But, I will say that for the combination of price and quality, this beer is worth braving the ineptitude for. That's why Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale is the beer for the weekend.