2 Turtle Doves: The Bruery's Second Release in "Twelve Beers of Christmas" Series
It's all about flushed faces and holiday releases this time of year at The Bruery. As last year's release was dubbed Partridge in a Pear Tree, this year's Twelve Days ale has been christened -- surprise, surprise -- 2 Turtle Doves. The saccharine allusions get better, as even the flavor profile of the beers reflect the theme. Last year's Partridge in a Pear Tree was a fruity Belgium-style ale; 2 Turtle Doves was brewed with cocoa nibs, toasted pecans and caramelized sugar in homage to the candy by the same name.
Like all of the Bruery's full-bodied, unfiltered ales, these beers can be sipped now but are ideal for cellaring. Scour Ebay for bottles of Partridge in a Pear Tree (it is no longer available for purchase), and if you're lucky, you can still act like an overtly sentimental sap and host a Twelve Days party in 2019 with every vintage -- although no word yet from owner-brewer Patrick Rue on what's in store flavor-wise in 2015 with 8 Maids a Milking. Rest assured, Rue has plenty of time to brush up on his teat-to-bucket technique.
2 Turtle Doves: Tap tastings and 750 ml bottles ($11) are available at The Bruery Tasting Room, 715 Dunn Way, Placentia (open Friday and weekends only) and well-stocked local liquor stores.