I always thought it would be fun and festive to have a barrel of beer out at A Christmas or Holiday party that was devoted to Winter beers. And if you’re really into beer you could even save all your empties and make a festive tree like the one below!
Not only would it be a conversation piece, it would look great too. Surely all the beer lovers at your party would appreciate that the selection of beer is in no shortage and that they get to try a variety of festive beers. Beer doesn’t always have to be a summer drink! Here is a list of some holiday beers that will be sure to warm up your guests….
1.) Great Divide “HIBERNATION ALE” -
English-style Old Ale. This malty brew is Denver’s Christmas gift to beer lovers everywhere, an wonderful winter seasonal brew from Great Divide Brewing Company. Flavors of caramel malt ,aromas of milk chocolate and peanut brittle compete with a minty edge of herbal hops.
2.) Sierra Nevada “CELEBRATION ALE” -
Brewed in California. Hearty, grainy malt balances dulce de leche decadence. Brewed annually for more than fifteen years, this brew shows the merits of patience and experience. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home.
3.) Samuel Adams “WINTER LAGER” -
Brewed in Boston. The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams Winter Lager is the deep ruby color. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. On the palate Samuel Adams Winter Lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming, a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that come with the season.
4.) Victory “STORM KING” -
Brewed in Pennsylvania. Stouts are black ales that take their distinctive coffee-like flavors from blackened barley malt. With a huge, Pacific Northwest hop aroma & character upfront, Storm King subsides into massive, roast malt complexity. Rich and substantial, it will warm your heart.
5.) Corsendonk “CHRISTMAS ALE” -
Brewed in Belgium. For this reddish brown Christmas beer, Corsendonk uses roasted special malts, the finest hops and selected yeasts, spiced up with a touch of coriander. With its delicate malty nose, Christmas Ale has a round balanced taste with a dry and refined aftertaste.
6.) Liefman’s “CUVEE BRUT” -
Brewed in Belgium. Pours light, rusty brown with a light pink head. Brett aromas predominate: horsey, leather, humus, with hints of cherry. Flavor complexity is immediately obvious with layers of funk, sorghum, cherries, and hints of wood. Medium body but very round on the tongue. Fantastic presentation.
7.) Unibroue – “LA FIN DU MONDE” -
8.) Sam Smith’s “WINTER WELCOME” -
Brewed in England. Honey-amber-colored, creamy head of small bubbles, floral aroma and delicious malt flavor with great finesse. This beer is brewed in the winter warmer style; smooth, malty brews that are a touch stronger, plumper, less bitter and more caramel-scented than the typical British pale ale. “Winter Welcome” is a tawny gold, topped with a froth as white and fluffy as Santa’s beard. It delivers just enough richness to soothe the wind-chapped senses, yet doesn’t push intensity so far as to limit the beer’s drinkability by the pint. Solidly malty, “Winter Welcome” is very dry with a hearty, multi-grain toast quality.