Yo. As we continue the Section 108 12 Days of Xmas, let’s review some Christmas beers! Right? Sounds like a great fucking time. You’d think, but honestly, most Christmas beers suck. For reals. But there are a few exceptions.
1- Bent River – Jingle Java – Holiday Stout.
I love this beer. Might be my favorite holiday stout of all time. Bent River is a small brewery in the Quad Cities that makes some excellent beers. Their Uncommon Stout is a wonderful beer too, and this is basically the same with coffee. vanilla, pecan. cinnamon, caramel and rum added. I once (pre-kid) bought a case and a half of this beer just to drink through the holidays. And I guarded those like my life depended on it, went all Elaine on people ” Are you Jingle Java worthy?” Most were not. I highly recommend picking up a 6 of this if you can find it.
2- Baderbrau – Christmas Bliss – Baltic Porter.
When I found out that our buds at Baderbrau were making a Christmas beer I wasn’t all that hyped. Mostly because I don’t care much for Christmas beers, as mentioned above, so when I finally had a can of Christmas Bliss I almost needed to change my pants. This beer is excellent and I have bought several 6’ers (4 or 5 to be exact) to get me though this holiday season. Easily my 2nd favorite dark beer they have done, Dry Schwarz is my #1 jam. So if you live in the city, get your ass to the brewery or Mariano’s and pick up a 6’er of this for your holiday party. Or for Christmas morn when you are trying to deal with all the excitement.
3- 3 Floyds – Alpha Klaus – Christmas Porter.
Until I had a Bliss, this was my go to Christmas porter. It’s hoppy as fuck, as most 3F brews are, but has some sweet notes on the finish. Just a great brew all around. I gave out bombers of this brew to all my groomsmen cause that is how I roll. Great beer, I highly suggest picking this one up too.
A seasonal beer that I could include, but it isn’t a true Christmas beer, is Founders Breakfast Stout. That beer, in 2010 really launched me into the whole craft beer scene. If you haven’t picked up a 4pk of this delish oatmeal/coffee stout, you should. It’s story time!
So in 2010 I had just moved back to Illinois from lovely California. I spent a summer listening to the White Sox staying on the river crushing High Life like there was no tomorrow. Young MSS was a huge Bud Light fan, HUGE. But Young MSS also loved Guinness. Young MSS didn’t make the correlation that a stout is a style of beer. He wasn’t the smartest, as California has some incredible beers that he should have been drinking during his 7 years out there. But alas he did not.
So one night, one of my favorite bands of all time the Smoking Popes, was playing a Quad City institute, RIBCO and upon my arrival, I asked the bartender for a coffee stout. He said they didn’t have one, but this Breakfast Stout was pretty good. Once it hit my lips, I was all like Frank The Tank going nuts! I had one, then went back for another and noticed halfway through my 2nd one that he ABV was a bit higher than most beers so I capped myself of this liquid gold at 32oz.
After that, my father and I split a case of Breakfast Stout for the winter, and I tried about every coffee stout I could get my hands on. It really started me down my path of liking the good beers.
Well, that is it folks, I haven’t had a notable Christmas beer that I feel deserves a review or a shout from me, good or bad. Have a favorite that you think I should try? Send me a link, or better yet, buy me a fucking beer!
Merry New Year!