10 American Beers That Bring Christmas Cheer
You’ll want to make your beer list and check it twice to make sure that these delightful Christmas beers from all over America are on it.
By Mairyn Chorney on Dec. 07, 2017
Singing Christmas carols, baking cookies, or making snowmen in your front lawn are popular ways to bring Christmas cheer over the holidays. Why not switch it up this year and celebrate the holidays with your favourite beer?
Top 10 American Beers for Christmas
Festivus Holiday Ale – Black Raven Brewing Company (Redmond, WA)
Festivus is an annual holiday beer that celebrates “Festivus for the rest of us“. A secular alternative to Christmas made popular in the sitcom Seinfeld. Brewed with an all-inclusive holiday spirit it has cranberries, various citrus peel fruit and a brewer’s secret blend of spices.
ABV%: 7.1 IBU: 48
4 Elf Winter Warmer Spiced Ale – Dark Horse Brewing Co (Marshall, MI)
4 Elf goes great with all holiday foods from the start of the meal to finish. It has spicy aromas of cinnamon and clove which make it holiday cheer in a bottle and if you happen to see 4 elves running around you know that 8.75% ABV has gotten the best of you.
ABV%: 8.76 IBU: 36
HolLy JolLy Christmas Ale – Fat Head’s Brewery (Portland, OR)
Holly Jolly Christmas Ale pairs perfectly with Christmas Day and a little snuggle by the fireplace. It’s full of ginger, honey, cinnamon, spice and everything nice!
ABV%: 7.5 IBU: 28
Angry Santa – Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. (Fort Worth, TX)
If you leave Santa this great brew, he definitely won’t be angry with you. It’s got all the great Christmas mulling spices like cinnamon and ginger plus some honey and vanilla for sweetness.
Santa’s Private Reserve – Rogue (Newport, OR)
This double hopped ale is red like the big man himself, no wonder it comes from Santa’s Private Reserve. With generous roasted malt flavors and a well-balanced spruce finish it’s perfect for tree-decorating parties or the main night itself.
ABV%: 5 IBU: 65
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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale – Samuel Adams (Boston, MA)
Old Fezziwig, the obscure character from Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. He was Scrooge’s kind and generous first boss who threw great parties and this festive ale is like a party in a bottle. It’ll definitely have you doing a Fezziwig jig.
ABV%: 5.9 IBU: 25
The Mad Elf – Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA)
Nothing says Merry Christmas better than this crazy brew. With its wild red color and notes of cherries, honey and cocoa plus those delicious Christmas spices cinnamon, clove and allspice, MMMMM! So good! Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a little madness.
ABV%: 11 IBU: 15
White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager – Moylan’s Brewery (Novato, CA)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids Jingle-belling and everyone yelling “brew us new beers!” And so, Moylan’s Brewery did. In celebration of the season, Moylan’s presents their White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager. Malty and smooth with a light tart and zesty finish, this year’s Lager contains holiday spices, Curacao, Mace, Cinnamon, Coriander and White Pepper. This Holiday Lager will warm you and your sweetie inside and out.
ABV%: 6 IBU: 2
Christmas Ale – Abita Brewing Company (Covington, LA)
This is the perfect holiday beer! Abita Brewing crafts this special dark ale for the holiday season each year. But every year they try a different recipe.
ABV%: 5.5 IBU: 34
Kentucky Christmas Morning – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA)
Hardywood Kentucky Christmas Morning is liquid proof that good things come to those who wait. Hardywood’s original Gingerbread Stout takes an initial transformation through months of aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels, reaching new levels of maturity with layers of vanilla, coconut, and toasted oak. Before bottling, the barrel aged stout is cold filtered through heaps of freshly cracked locally roasted coffee beans, showcasing the nostalgic joys of Christmas Morning. Treat yourself, it’s been a long year.
ABV%: 10.6 IBU: 55
No matter what you’re drinking on Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful holiday with your favourite beers!
Please drink responsibly.
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