The holidays are hectic and full of cheer, meant for shopping, planning, and...a ton of other, stressful things. We're just kidding: the holidays are great! They're the perfect time to relax indoors, spend time with family, and party.
Looking for the top beers to drink during the holidays? Ramp up the holiday cheer with these delicious, festive drinks.
Samichlaus Classic is a strong-tasting, iconic Christmas beer. Hailing from Austria, it's brewed just once a year—on December 6th—and slowly, delicately aged.
It's warm, creamy, and powerful, and pairs well with savory, robust dishes, and chocolate. Feeling thirsty, not hungry? It works perfectly as an ordinary, post-dinner drink.
Avery Old Jubilation
Avery Old Jubilation is brewed seasonally in Boulder, Colorado. A strong, delicious ale, it has subtle notes of hazelnut, mocha, and toffee.
If you're looking for a chocolate, nutty taste, it's the way to go. Pair it with your signature, holiday fruitcake, chocolate, or a steaming cup of coffee. It'll warm you up during the frigid winter mornings!
Odell's Isolation Ale
Another top beer to drink during the holidays is Odell's Isolation Ale. Despite its name, Odell's Isolation Ale is a great choice to share with your family and friends. Available from the beginning of November, this beer is a well-balanced, traditional winter warmer.
It has a smooth, earthy flavor, with hints of caramel and dried fruit. It's perfect for people who aren't fond of strong, distinctive flavors and would prefer something sweeter.
Prairie's Christmas Bomb
Prairie's Christmas Bomb comes in two versions: fresh, and barrel aged. It has the alcohol content of a full glass of wine, and a strong, cinnamon-packed flavor—there's a reason they call it a bomb!
The barrel-aged version is smoother, less carbonated, and has subtle hints of vanilla and oak. Pair it with your favorite dessert or a tasty snack.
Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale
If you're looking for a good, solid IPA brew, check out Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. It's a classic, hoppy holiday flavor. Not too sweet and not too spicy, it's dominated by intense notes of citrus and pine.
If you're not a fan of tart, bitter beers, good news! The taste isn't overwhelming. This makes it the perfect introduction to IPAs. It pairs great with the stuff on your charcuterie board or snack table, like cheese, nuts, and meat, specifically lamb.
At Greater Half, we're determined to spend the holidays in a way that's not only fun, but patriotic. Drink these awesome, high-quality beers in our comfortable patriotic clothing—there's no better way to show off your American pride!