July 15, 2024

Festive beers to get you through the holiday season

Tis’ the season where you gather to see family to eat and drink. These holiday styled beers below will help guide you through the highs and lows of the season spent with the relatives.

shinerBeer: Holiday Cheer

Brewery: Shiner

Type: Dunkelweizen

ABV: 5.4%

Quick Review: A mix of flavors of peaches and pecans, makes for an interesting combo, but it works.

When to drink: At the beginning. This beer can go down quick, prepping you for the festivities. Also a beer that’s great to share.


old-rasputinBeer: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery: North Coast Brewing Co.

Type: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9%

Quick Review: Good for dessert or as a meal on its own.

When to drink: When you are the oldest person sat at the kids table by at least 15 years.


celebrationBeer: Celebration Ale

Brewery: Sierra Nevada

Type: Fresh Hop IPA

ABV: 6.80%

Quick review: Hop for holiday beers, for the bitter soul in all of us.

When to Drink: When your family asks you why you are still single.



jubelaleBeer: Jubelale

Brewery: Deschutes

Type: Winter Warmer Ale

ABV: 6.70%

Quick review: All the spice and warming qualities you nee din the dark cold of winter.

When to drink: When the realization comes that winter still has 3-4 months left in it.


rye-on-ryeBeer: Rye-On-Rye

Brewery: Boulevard

Type: Specialty Grain Beer

ABV: 12%

Quick review: Aged in Templeton barrels, for the whiskey lover and for those who need an extra kick when around the family this holiday season.

When to drink: When the conversation naturally goes to politics and religion.


isolation-aleBeer: Isolation

Brewery: Odell

Type: Winter Warmer Ale

ABV: 6%

Quick review: Lighter beer to get you through the night or early mornings.

When to drink: While you’re outside in the cold debating if hypothermia would be a better alternative then holiday’s with the family.



winter-lagerBeer: Winter Lager

Brewery: Sam Adams

Type: Bock

ABV: 5.60%

 Quick review: When you want something darker than a winter ale but lighter than your ex’s heart.

When to drink: As people tell embarrassing stories of you as you were growing up.


brown-suggaBeer: Brown Shugga’

Brewery: Lagunitas

Type: American Strong Ale

ABV: 9.99%

 Quick review: Everyone needs a litte shugga’, except Def Leppard.

When to drink: When your grandparents start using questionable terminology.



accumulationBeer: Accumulation

Brewery: New Belgium

Type: White IPA

ABV: 6.20%

Quick review: Belgian crossed with IPA, easy drinker with a bit of bitterness. This beer is sour and bitter.

When to drink: While you are on your 3rd plate of turkey, sweet potatoes, and some casserole dish your aunt made that’s all covered completely in gravy.


christmas-aleBeer: Christmas Ale

Brewery: Anchor

Type: Winter Warmer Ale

ABV: 6.50%

 Quick review: Fruitcake and fresh cut wood, who wouldn’t like it.

When to drink: When someone actually offers you fruitcake, drink this instead.


chai-haiBeer: Chai High

Brewery: Avery

Type: Herb/Spice

ABV: 5.20%

Quick Review: This has the comfort of drinking chai tea while still drinking alcohol.

When to drink: After all the family has gone home and you need to relax while you reflect on how they drive you insane but you will gladly do the same again thing next year.

Hope this helps and Happy Holidays!


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