December 27, 2007

Seasons Greetings via the Golden Fox

Sly Fox brewed their classically complex Belgian-style Golden Ale, Renard d’Or, as a special treat and packaged it in a special 3-liter (jeroboam) for the holiday season. The limited edition jeroboams are available at both Sly Fox locations in Royersford and Phoenixville. There was a small number that made it out to tavern and distributor owners as our way of saying thanks for all your support.

Brewmaster Brian O'reilly describes his Renard d’Or as the perfect beer for deluxe year end treatment..."a big, spicy ale with a great nose and very distinctive flavor." The "Golden Fox" weighs in at 9% abv.

From Jack Curtin, "A jeroboam holds slightly more than three quarts of beer, or 3 liters, and is a popular size for champagnes (for Bordeaux wines, the same terminology is used for a larger, 4-liter bottle). Many wine bottles are named for Biblical kings and the jeroboam is named after the first king of the break-away ten tribes of Israel around 930BC. Jeroboam is famed for erecting two “golden calves,” or shrines, at the extremities of his kingdom, making the packaging of a golden ale under his name nicely harmonious.

I presented a jeroboam to both locations of the Foodery last week and conceived of the brilliant idea to do "deuling jeroboams" at the foodery Christmas party next month. Who's got the quicker throwback Pine or Popular? (Note: This is not meant to take away from the integrity of this delicious belgian style beer in any way.)

Stay tuned to see if that actually happens.

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