Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Krampus, the Anti-Santa Party at Corner Brewery

Written by  Patti Smith
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Krampus, the Anti-Santa at Corner Brewery

Most years, I’ve been more naughty than nice; to that end, Santa rarely visits me (could be because I’m Jewish though). So it was kind of cool to hear that there exists an anti-Santa Claus called Krampus. You see, Krampus visits the children who haven’t been so nice and, well, messes with them.
Krampus, the Anti-Santa at Corner Brewery Because Ypsilanti has some of the coolest people around, a bunch of them put together a Krampus party. The second annual party was this past Saturday, and you can find several write ups of the event elsewhere. In a fit of originality, however, I would like to talk instead about the beers that were brewed special for the night.

As many of you know, Logan is a genius brewer and never more so than in these two ales. The Corner had a contest, asking for ideas for the beers. The winners were a spearmint agave orange pale ale and a smoked birch beer porter. (Personally, I think the naughty “Hot For Teacher” cinnamon ale—and the teachers drink free all night—idea should have one, but I’m just one voice.)

I only had one of the “nice” beers (see above regarding me being nice vs. naughty). What was awesome about this beer was that nothing was too much or stood out too much. That is, it didn’t taste like Doublemint or a McDonald’s orange drink or…whatever too much agave would taste like. It was light, crisp and a refreshing ale. In short, very nice!

But the naughty? Oh, my. Remember those Dum Dum suckers? The ones that would win you prizes, provided that you collected 13,000 wrappers? There was a root beer sucker that was always my favorite, mainly because it tasted way better than any root beer I’d ever had. This beer reminded me of that sucker, only with alcohol in it, amigos! It had a nice, smoky flavor to it (I am slowly becoming enamored with smoked beers), but it didn’t leave me feeling like I had eaten a barbecue. This beer was so good that I might have drank three, in rapid succession. Therefore, I was unable to take very good pictures and therefore, I leave you with some pictures taken by my friend, Andrew Wiertella.

Maybe next year I’ll try to be nice? You’ll have to come to Krampus to find out!

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti “TeacherPatti” Smith lives in Ann Arbor with Boyfriend Ken, her dog Buddy and her stepcats Ali and Cyrus. She is a special education teacher by day, local history buff and brew drinker by night (see the hybrid history/beer blog at She also loves watching most Detroit sports on TV, boxing, brewing beer, storytelling, board games and recently wrote a middle grade/YA book that she hopes to convince a publisher to publish! Meantime, she is working on a book about the history of downtown Ann Arbor for Arcadia publishers. Her favorite beer styles include Russian Imperial Stout, pumpkin beers, Kolschs and most things with peppers in them.