It’s no secret that Americans love craft beer, especially during the holidays. And while small and independent craft brewers now represent 12% market share of the overall beer industry, there are delicious holiday-themed brews made by breweries of all sizes. Here are just a few of the most popular seasonal holiday beers to look for at your local liquor store.
Samuel Adams Winter Classics Mix
Samuel Adams is just one brewer known for their seasonal variety packs. Although they tend to vary from year to year, these variety packs typically include some staple holiday recipes, one of the most popular being their winter lager, which is spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and orange peel. Other varieties often included are Old Fezziwig Ale, which features hints of toffee, caramel, and chocolate; and Chocolate Bock, which features hints of honey, chocolate, and vanilla. They sound more like desserts than beers!
Schlafly Christmas Ale
With all beer brands considered, this is among the most enjoyable to pronounce, let alone drink. Beer connoisseurs claim that this variety has more of a holiday taste than many others.
“If you’re looking for a beer with all of the traditional yuletide flavors, this is it. Schlafly adds cloves and orange peel to this medium bodied ale. This beer says ‘Christmas’ in a very straight-forward way,” writes Bryce Eddings on The Spruce.
Odell Brewing Company’s Isolation Ale
Isolation Ale is Odell Brewing Company’s winter seasonal variety, and it’s full of hops without the bitterness that usually accompanies. This variety is unique in the sense that it doesn’t hold the dark and malt flavors traditionally associated with winter brews. That being said, many find it a rich and refreshing alternative that’s perfect with a number of festive foods.
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Although many are familiar with the range of beers brewed by craft brewery Sierra Nevada, not many are familiar with the eclectic blend of tastes that comes with their winter-themed celebration ale. With a rating of 62 IBU, it’s a rather bitter variety, but it’s also dry hopped in order to increase both aroma and flavor.
Ultimately, craft beers are great any time of year, but there’s something a bit more special about indulging in a recipe that’s only around for the season. Look for these brews at your local liquor store!