By Daniel Bordage
Pairing: Yuletide mix
About the Beer: I had this beer on tap at Big Rig Brewery. I love that this peppermint porter isn’t overdoing it with the peppermint. I’ve had plenty of other peppermint-flavoured beer where I was better off sucking on a Christmas cane. I would say there are more chocolate notes with a little minty finish. I had two beers to make sure… Yup! Delicious!! You can find it at Beau’s brewery, or get it delivered by the BYOB program, Brew Donkey, and of course at Big Rig on tap.
The commercial description goes as follows:
Beau’s All Natural & Big Rig Brewery’s collaboration Peppermint Porter is a holiday treat! This is a dark ale with rich chocolate malt undertones that are echoed with the addition of cocoa nibs, and complemented with clean, cool peppermint in the finish. Matthew O’Hara of Beau’s and Lon Ladell of Big Rig designed the recipe together and brewed it up at Beau’s.
I could have spent three weeks on this playlist and not even touched the surface of all the Christmas songs out there. At first, I hated this time of year for music. But a bit of research, you will find amazing songs out there. With the help of my pals here at Ottawa Showbox, I was able to incorporate some great local music too. Here are some of my favorites, but even reviewing my list, I found a ton more. AHHHH!!
I do believe in this bass line. But yes, Santa is real. Everyone knows that! #OttBand
Probably the most non-traditional version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song ever. #OttBand
Do this song with headphones please. Drums on the left, horns on the right, sweet bass line right down the middle.
If anybody knows about snow in Canada and making a gig for the holidays, it’s the Sadies. This might not be a Christmas song. But it should be!!! At around 1:40 of this song, start surfing the snowy waves.
Here’s another non-Christmas song that needs to be here. Nick Cave… wow…
Nothing but fuzzy guitars and singing about kissing Mrs. Klaus. Perfect! #OttBand
Low has always been able to harmonize with the best of them. On “Silent Night,” they run a clinic on harmony.
Now the Acorn can rival Low in harmonies and also suffer Ottawa winters. Find this song on the great Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada #6 compilation found here.
Another one on the same collaboration is worth a good listen… “All I Want For Christmas is A Hoverboard.”
A great collaboration just like our featured beer. I was never able to remember the words of this song. But it doesn’t stop me from pretending I do in the car. #OttBand
I grew up with a grandfather and uncle always changing Christmas songs and making them dirty. XXXMas has made a bunch of originals that keep up with the tradition. Check them out at House of TARG tonight (Dec. 23rd) for the XXXMAS 5th anniversary/album release show + Antique Christmas Party and #1Squarefoot THANK YOU. Showboxers will be there. #OttBand
Halloween is my second Christmas after Beau’s Oktoberfest. Coming in third place… real Christmas.
Some people hate the Holidays. The Lee Chapels rip through it nicely. #OttBand
The Vandals did an entire Xmas album that you should all check out. Classic!
My House of TARG pic of the week. This song has to play there. I must be in attendance.
The breakdown of this song makes it. Listen for it at 1:22… and the sleigh bells at 1:32. Greatness! #OttBand
Icicles and Snowballs? I know I want to throw some at my frienemies. Especially after I tried Costco on Dec 21st.
Merry Christmas EVERYBODY!!!!
Too many to pick but I leave you with this… Explosions in the sky – “Snow and Lights”