White Birch Wrigian and Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary

All Three

Our New Years plans were a little unique – our friends Frank and Larianna got married at midnight on New Years Eve. The event was relatively small, with only close friends and family attending. We were excited to be there for Frank and La.

The event also provided a chance to hang out with old college friends – Andy and RJ.

Things got started at the wedding with some Sam Adams Winter Lager, Bud Light, and Crown Royal. The after-party involved heading back to our room at a local bed and breakfast and proceeding to get absolutely smashed. Before getting completely brain-dead, the three of us co-reviewed a couple of beers…

White Birch Wrigian

The first was White Birch Wrigian. White Birch is a small brewery out of Hooksett, NH. The beer is a Belgian style ale. There is no questioning it’s Belgian-ness. Yeast and a strong flavor of lemon dominate. My buddy RJ was picking up honey flavors too. At 9.4% ABV, this stuff can get you in trouble. Super easy drinking and delicious.

White Birch Barrel Aged Tripel

The pictured bottle of White Birch Tripel was bunk. The cork wouldn’t come out of the bottle, and eventually ripped. We didn’t have access to a cork screw, so we were shit out of luck.

Lucky for us we also had a bottle of Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru. This American Strong Ale is hoppy…floral and grapefruit flavors. A loooooong hoppy aftertaste. I enjoyed this brew quite thoroughly. You know that’s saying a lot given I’m not big into hoppy beers.

Harpoon Winter Warmer

We then switched into power-drinking mode. When I went beer shopping earlier, I had no idea I would be partying so hard. Thus, I bought the delicious Harpoon Winter Warmer. Awesome beer – spicy with dark fruit (cherry?) notes. One of my favorite winter warmers. HOWEVER…not a chugging beer.

Great times with old friends. It’s nice to pretend that you’re 18 again…at least for one night a year.


Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

9 thoughts on “White Birch Wrigian and Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary”

  1. I want to try that SN 30th Grand Cru, haven’t seen it here though we’ve had the other 30th’s. Sounds like you had a nice time. Happy New Year.

  2. My cousin got married last year on New Year’s Day…at 10 o’clock in the morning. I wanted to strangle him!

    Looks like this was a much cooler way to do it!

    On a side note, I can’t begin to say how jealous I am at your readily available access to high-class booze! I’m in a smallish town in Central VA and it takes quite a bit of foraging to find stuff like Harpoon or a 30th anniversary anything!

  3. Matt:

    Giving up New Years plans for a wedding wasn’t ideal, but they are our friends and we were glad we got to go to the wedding. That 10am wedding sounds like hell…


  4. man, if that were my barrel aged tripel, i woulda punched the cork through with a pen or something. did you ever get to drink it?

    also, have you tried white birch’s indulgence?


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