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St. Bernardus Christmas, St. Bernardus. Watou, Belgium. Photo Credit: Ratebeer.com
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‘Tis The Season…So Stock Up!

‘Tis The Season…So Stock Up!

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St. Bernardus Christmas, St. Bernardus. Watou, Belgium. Photo Credit: Ratebeer.com
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We all had our fun with our Marzens and Pumpkin beers, which oddly are released as early as July. Now as we approach the biggest alcohol purchasing holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, we are presented with a myriad of options, most of which are not IPAs. I’m here to present you with a quick cheat sheet of a few classic Christmas Beers you should be able to find near you:

  • St. Bernardus Christmas Ale – if you want to buy a fantastic Christmas beer as a present, look no further. Besides a classy cork-and-cage packaging in a 750 mL bottle, this almost-abbey ale takes you right to the brink of Christmas without going over. They use their Belgian Quad base (tasting of plums, figs, and a yeasty twang), and supplement it with a blend of spices to bring in the Christmas cheer.

 

  • Anchor Christmas Ale – this beer is really the father of all Christmas beers. Debuting in 1975, this winter warmer changes its recipe every year, as well as the hand drawn tree on the label. What you can expect is the true original craft winter beer. The recipe may be top secret, but I can guarantee that this is a welcomed sight in any enthusiast’s fridge. 

 

  • Sierra Nevada Celebration – remember when I said most Christmas beers aren’t IPAs. This one is the exception. This annual fresh hopped beer from Sierra Nevada gives you an option outside of the spiced beers most other breweries offer this time of year. They use the choicest Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial hops to give you a dank, resiny and hoppy beer to enjoy by the fire. 

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