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Old 06-10-2013, 01:25 PM   #1
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So SWMBO and I recently found out we have a little one on the way (our first). The due date is Christmas Day, giving me a little time to plan a special beer for the occasion. I want to brew something and give bottles out to people instead of cigars.

My problem is I have no idea what to aim for. Given the time of year that he/she will be born, I want to brew something appropriate for the season. Should I go with something malty like a bock, porter, or stout? A Belgian? A Holiday spice/Winter Warmer? Or should I go with a hoppy beer, along the lines of Sierra Nevada Celebration?

I really want to figure this out now, so I can have something ready to brew in August/September, giving the beer time to age if needed.

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Do you have lagering capabilities? If you do, then a malty lager would be a good choice. If not, an ale would be fine also.

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Do you have lagering capabilities? If you do, then a malty lager would be a good choice. If not, an ale would be fine also.
I'd love a good malty lager. Something like a Munich Dunkel, or a doppelbock.

Unfortunately I don't have lagering capabilities, so I'd have to make it a faux lager with Kolsch or Cali Common yeast.
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What about a west coast rye amber or a double IPA with chocolate, bourbon, or berries, or a chocolate stout?

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I guess it depends who your friends are. Make something the majority of them may like. You can always brew another special beer(less palatable to the masses) for you, something that cellars well like a large stout, you could open some around your childs Bday every year.

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What about a west coast rye amber or a double IPA with chocolate, bourbon, or berries, or a chocolate stout?
I'm a bit of a hophead, but the more I think about it, the more I'm leaning towards something malty. I brew lots of hoppy beer. I want to do something different.

A stout is certainly a possibility.
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I guess it depends who your friends are. Make something the majority of them may like. You can always brew another special beer(less palatable to the masses) for you, something that cellars well like a large stout, you could open some around your childs Bday every year.
Accomplishing this is going to be difficult. My friends are a weird mix. Some are hopheads, some love malty German styles, some love Belgians, and some are BMC drinkers. How the heck do you satisfy that kind of diversity?
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You could do a low ABV bock, call it Baby Bock.
If twins brew a Double Bock. Or a Dubbel and call it Dubbel Trouble.
First Born Founder's Breakfast (stout) with a giant FB logo.
You could do a blonde and secondary with either strawberries of blueberries and when people pour it into a glass, they will see either blue or pink, this would be a fun way to announce the sex of the child.
Maybe a Belgian just for you that you open every year on your kid's birthday!
Or all of them! Do them all!

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If you want to make something extra special and big, go for a barleywine. you have plenty of time to let it ferment for a few months, and they get better with age.

I bought smaller 6 oz champagne bottles online for my barleywine. If you got those, itwould allow you to have more bottles to pass out (4 gallons filled almost 72 bottles). my barley wine was 12.7% ABV, so 6 oz packs a wollop.

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Cascadian style stout... coffee/chocolate on the front and a hoppy finish. Nice & creamy too. That's IF you and everybody else likes a stout... not everybody does.
A safer bet would be a nice Ale. A Pumpkin Ale would fit the season, but for my taste, it's too malty/sweet, and the pumpkin and allspice can be too much.
A big Lager may be the perfect give-away... takes a long time to condition, and probably most people would enjoy it. Only down side is if you screw it up, it's a lot of wasted time.

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