My Twelve Beers of Christmas

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with an assortment of great winter ales? I have my notes on the selections below and will add to this post in the next couple days.

  • On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . a beer! It was a HOHO! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery. A robust ’winter warmer’ ale, ruby brown in color with a sweet, fruity nose. Very hoppy. Balanced with a residual sweetness. Actually mellows out as it warms and the 8.5% ABV becomes more apparent.
  • On the Second Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . a beer! It was Deschutes Brewing Company’s 25th Annniversay Jubleale. Jubelale is classified as a “Strong Ale” or an “English Olde Ale.” . Characterized by a very large malt body and pronounced bitterness, Jubelale contains five different varieties of hops and a healthy amount of caramel.
  • Third Day of ChristmasMerry Mischief from Samuel Adams. This Gingerbread Stout is pretty overwhelming with spices and deep stoutiness fighting to control the extra helping of alcohol.
  • Fourth Day of ChristmasWinter from Alaskan Brewing Company. Light colored winter ale with spruce tips and a caramel
  • Fifth Day of Christmas “Five Golden Sam Adamses” – Why just have one when you can have five? This was a Sam Adams Winter Classic day with Old Fezziwig, Winter Lager, White Christmas, Chocolate Bock and Holiday Porter. Well done by the big guys who still think like a craft brewer.
  • Sixth Day of ChristmasWinter Bock from Silver City Brewing.
  • Seventh Day of ChristmasJolly Roger from Maritime Brewing
  • Eighth Day of Christmas – Pike Brewing’s Auld Acquaintance
  • NInth Day of ChristmasSleigher from Ninkasi Brewing.
  • Tenth Day of Christmas – Winter Fish from Fish Brewing Company was the choice of the day.
  • Eleventh Day of ChristmasBad Santa from Pelican Brewing Company
  • Twelfth Day of ChristmasIll Tempered Gnome from Oakshire Brewing.

This was so much fun – I think I will do an Advent Calendar of Beers in 2013. Twenty-five of the best winter ales I can lay my hands on. Only 340 days to go!

Maybe a 12 Breweries of Christmas tour, too!

Bob Shoemaker

Grew up in Renton, WA. Writer. Photographer. Homebrewer. Woodworker. Beer lover. UW grad. - 14 years in Marketing and Advertising communications - 16 years in technical product support, quality, loyalty, support analyst - 12 years as communications business owner