Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest, and Most Unusual Holiday Brews

November 12, 2015 - Comment

Christmas beers, also known as Winter Warmers, are a tradition dating back at least 2,000 years, with the ancients making highly intoxicating brews to celebrate winter’s Saturnalia. This brewmaking evolved into a holiday celebration when medieval monks, the world’s first professional brewers, pulled out their finest ingredients to produce soul-warming styles for the occasion. Today

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Christmas beers, also known as Winter Warmers, are a tradition dating back at least 2,000 years, with the ancients making highly intoxicating brews to celebrate winter’s Saturnalia. This brewmaking evolved into a holiday celebration when medieval monks, the world’s first professional brewers, pulled out their finest ingredients to produce soul-warming styles for the occasion. Today brewers continue the custom, either with centuries-old recipes or newfangled concoctions with spices and herbs, enabling thirsty beer fans to put aside their everyday favorites each winter and deck the halls with the world’s most flavorful ales and lagers, brewed especially for the holidays.Beer expert Don Russell taps into holiday cheer with a look at the world’s best—unusual, exotic, rich, one-of-a-kind brews—detailing the styles and flavors that will leave beer lovers in a froth. From Smuttynose Winter Ale to Santa’s Butt to Troegs Mad Elf to Left Hand XXXmas, there’s a beer for everyone, even a Hanukkah beer, He’Brew Jewbelation. Including funny tales and trivia behind the beers, homebrew recipes and food recipes with Christmas beer as an ingredient, and instructions for building and cellaring your own vintage holiday brews so you can enjoy Christmas 365 days a year, Christmas Beer will put even the most curmudgeonly beer drinker in the holiday spirit. Cheers!

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Carolyn Smagalski says:

Delightful and Insightful Holiday Cheer No one shares holiday cheer better than Philadelphia beer writer Don Russell, who celebrates the season with this newest book, Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest, and Most Unusual Holiday Beers. 

Thomas H. Mueller says:

Niche Book for Niche Beer Lovers I’ve walked into Whole Foods and other fine beer purveyors with plans to buy any, all, and only Christmas beers. So, I’m probably biased, but I love this book. I enjoyed the history as well as the reviews. However, since these beers often changed from year to year, not all of the beers are always available, and some may not taste like the review notes. But, that isn’t why you buy this book. It is a starting point for tastes with history thrown in for a deeper appreciation. I can’t wait until next Christmas (beer) season.

JK says:

A book about Christmas Beer — Awesome! There is no better time of year than Christmas because of all the wonderful beer that becomes available. The book reviews the top 50 best beers and then includes reviews of a number of other Christmas/Winter beers as well.The book had opportunities to dig more indepth on the different beers and be more descriptive — but, I’m hard-pressed to criticize any book devoted to Christmas beer.If you love this type of beer and look forward to this season, I highly recommend this book — it is a fun read!

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