Thursday, December 6, 2012

Brown's plans 'Dunder & Blixem' release, toast

TROY -- Brown's Brewing Co. will release its Dunder & Blixem holiday brew at 5 p.m. this Friday (December 7).

The traditional English style strong ale -- hoppy, mahogany red in color and fruity in aroma -- is made in honor of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas," originally published in the now-defunct Troy Sentinel on December 23, 1823.

The poem, popularly known in modern times as "The Night Before Christmas," originally had reindeer named "Dunder" and "Blixem," Dutch words for "thunder" and "lightening," which eventually morphed into "Donner" and "Blitzen."

To mark the release, Troy storyteller and frequent Brown's Taproom visitor Keith Slupski will be on hand to read the original story as it was published. A celebratory complimentary toast will follow.

The Taproom is located at 417 River Street, just north of the Green Island Bridge. Phone: 273-2337.

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