As the days get shorter and the holidays near, per tradition, we spent Saturday brewing the first of two beers we’ll be giving away during the season. A cool gray day was the perfect accompaniment to the brewing of our first attempt at a Christmas beer. The beer we brewed is an English ale, dark amber in hue and spiced with orange peals, cinnamon, all-spice, vanilla and wildflower honey. As I write this she’s actively fermenting away at 68°F. Next Sunday we’ll brew our second offering which will be an imperial stout with a nice hop bite.