The Dram Shop

Month: December 2016

Holiday Beer? Yes Please!

So, here we find ourselves on the brink of yet another holiday season. This time of year brings countless reasons to gather, celebrate, and if we’re lucky, imbibe some rare and heart warming beverages. This brings us to our subject of the day: Holiday, and more specifically Christmas beers. Historically, these beers owe more to the darkened solstice than they do to Christianity as celebrations featuring the imbibing of alcoholic beverages date back well before Christianity.

Who can resist celebration when there is a chance to reset our seasons against the backdrop of a snowy, dark, canvas. And, although outlawed at times, the old guy with the big white beard and extraordinarily ruddy cheeks couldn’t be a better spokesperson for Christmas cheer. He sets such a lovely example, needing a pack of reindeer to guide him from party to party on a snowy evening. It’s no wonder that popping open a growler or bottle this time year is a tradition that many of us hold dear, especially with so many special options.

If guidance from our modern brewers is any indication, we’re clearly in for some fun this time of year. The majority of Christmas beers tip the scales in terms of not only special ingredients, but also alcohol content, making them winter warmers indeed. Perhaps the most interesting about these Christmas beers, is that the only concrete thing that keeps them all herded up in a group is that they are celebratory beers for the season. The ingredients and styles vary from IPAs to Bocks to Belgians to Stouts and on and on. Some use spices. Some use fruit. Some use fruit and spices. Some folks are loath to even consider it a Christmas beer if it is not well spiced. Some just brew up a super special hop bomb. Regardless, as beer nerds, we should really just light a candle and count our lucky winter stars. These beers are big, flavorful, and come in such a variety that boredom is cast out, alone into a snow drift to think about what it’s done. There are many, many reasons to cherish this season, and we think the Christmas beer is pretty high on the list.

We’ve brought in a smattering of beers for our Holiday Beer Week. You can taste them all week at the shop, and we’ll be pouring flights if you don’t want to miss a thing.

Here are a few of the beers we’ll be pouring:

Grand Teton Brewing—Coming Home Rye Barley Wine: 10% ABV – 75 IBU

Moylan’s Brewing—Spiced Winter Lager: 6.0% ABV – 28 IBU

Brasserie Silly—Silly Noel Tripel Blonde: 9.0% ABV

Brouwerij Van Eecke—Kapittel Winter: 7.5% ABV

Iron Horse Brewing—Cozy’er Sweater Imperial Oatmeal Stout: 8.1% ABV – 35 IBU

Deschutes Brewing—Jubelale: 6.7% ABV – 65 IBU

Carter’s Brewing—The Gatherer Holiday Porter: 6.0% ABV – 30 IBU

Meadowlark Brewing—Snowflake Gingerbread Ale: 6.3% ABV – 11 IBU

Cheers!

-Team Dram

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