The calendar rolls past daylight savings and the collective joy of summer is snuffed. Awake in the dark, commute in the faint light of morning, return home from work just in time for the last rays of the day to taunt you from the horizon, and eat your final meal under a false fluorescent glow. The crisp glory that is fall weather becomes gray as the frigid air makes it’s annual descent from the great white north and the vibrant colors of fall have turned brown and clogged your gutters. Gone are the gentle refreshing rains, replaced by cold storms, snow, and ice. As we slog through the gloom of winter and the holidays approach, humanity is forced into retreat. We wrap trees and even our houses with lights in an effort to pierce the stagnant night and find our way home. Darkness has descended.
It’s in these darkest of times that we search for warmth and dare I say joy, and in these moments we find beer! Gloriously dark, rich, and full-bodied holiday beers provide a beacon for humanity! Bold flavors of chocolate, coffee, spices, and fruits not fit for warmer climes migrate home to roost for the winter in your fridge.
When all hope for natural light is gone and winter breathes an icy chill down your neck what beers do you enjoy roasting your chestnuts with?
A few of my favorites:
Great Lakes Christmas Ale – Cinnamon and ginger are the highlights of this winter warmer
Moerlein Christkindl – A subtly spicy and malty winter warmer
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale – Hoppy holiday goodness
Delirium Noel – Spicy, Fruity, and Roasty all rolled into a 10% ABV Belgian
The holidays are a great time of the year for beer but don’t forget that most of these are seasonal so get them while you can.
Add your favorites in the comments section!
Happy Holidays and Cheers!