Move over, pumpkin spice, the holiday season is in full swing and that particular flavor just seems so last month.
The chance to visit with friends and family in one reason everyone loves Christmas, but when it comes to Christmas parties, you may need a few beers here and there to loosen things up. In reality, the holidays are great, but they can also be insanely stressful. And stress is nothing that a great beer won’t fix!
If you’re going to drink during the holidays, we suggest you embrace the season and try a sipping on a seasonal beer. The different beers available are festive, fun, and versatile, so we can say with confidence that there’s a Christmas-inspired brew for everyone.
Many brands — like Anchor Brewing Company and Goose Island Beer Company — provide an annual, festive blend that changes every year. Most of them are only available from November through mid-January, though, so try them while you can!
Read on for 10 Christmas brews that are worth sampling this season.
For 41 years, The Anchor Brewing Company has released its Christmas Ale as an annual tradition. Like a Christmas present, the recipe is kept a secret and changes every year. The only thing Anchor Brewing Company discloses about the Christmas Ale is its availability, which usually starts early November and ends in mid-January.
Unlike many Christmas-inspired brews, Bell’s Beer Christmas Ale doesn’t contain any spices. Instead, it has a dry, toasted flavor, with subtle toffee blends and a hoppy aftertaste. Combined with 100 percent Michigan-grown barley, these notes create a smooth, earthy beer that will soothe your holiday stress and please your taste buds.
The only thing that could be better than making a gingerbread house is drinking one in the form of beer. Luckily, the Samuel Adams Merry Maker allows you to do just that. This gingerbread stout includes cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger flavors that provide a fun, satisfying spin-off of your average seasonal brew. Stop admiring gingerbread houses from afar and enjoy them as a beverage instead.
First brewed in 1981, the Celebration Ale is best known for its intense pine and citrus aromas. Featuring Centennial, Cascade, and Chinook hops, this Sierra Nevada beer has a bold taste. Finally, and most importantly, the Celebration Ale was one of the first American-style IPAs. In our opinion, that’s something to celebrate.