Poppin’ Bottles: Tasty Holiday Beers


The holidays are upon us! Maybe you’re looking for something tasty to sip next to the roaring fire, or something to pair with a holiday dinner. We rounded up some of the best holiday beers for you to try at your next festive get-together!

Tröegs Mad Elf

Mad Elf has become a renowned holiday favorite over the last few years. The bright red pour has hints of ripened cherries, raw honey, and cocoa and notes of cinnamon, clove, and allspice. It’s strong at 11% ABV but will do a great job giving your cheeks a holiday glow.

Founders Breakfast Stout

Need a pick-me-up Christmas morning? Look no further than the Founders Breakfast Stout. Stouts are traditionally winter beers and this heavy, foamy beverage is a flavorful take on the seasonal favorite. The Breakfast Stout has flavors of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee and comes in at 8.3% ABV.

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

Hardywood’s GBS has an almost maniacal cult following. Hailed as one of the best holiday stouts on the market, this is a beer to pick up, if you can find it. It pairs well with holiday desserts like crème brûlée or fresh chocolate pudding and has notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, honeycomb, and cinnamon, with a snap of ginger in the finish. The GBS is 9.2% ABV.

Delirium Noël

This overseas offering comes from the Huyghe Brewery, a world-famous Belgian brewery. It has flavors of yeast, fruit, and spice and pairs well with grilled meats and cheese plates. The Delirium Noël is a strong dark ale and sits at 10% ABV.

New Belgium Accumulation

New Belgium’s Accumulation is a white IPA that pairs perfectly with snowball fights and roaring fires. New Belgium is a relatively new brewery that has exploded in popularity in the last few years. Accumulation is both sweet and bitter, made with ale yeast for fruity notes and spicy herbal flavors from dry hopping. It’s 6.2% ABV.

Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale

Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale is the liquid embodiment of getting exactly what you asked for on Christmas morning. From the festive bottle, it pours into a deep mahogany color and has flavors of creamy bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and toasted nuts. Get your jollies with this 6.7% ABV delight.

Six Point Global Warmer

As a brewery, Six Point just does things differently, and their Global Warmer is no exception. This raw, flavorful cloudy red has no notes other than “the natural ingredients of beer,” according to Six Point. Chill out and warm up with this unfiltered warmer (warmers are a specific style of beer characterized by spiced flavors in the wassail tradition of brewing). It’s 7% ABV.

Light a fire, pick your poison and relax. The holidays may be temporary, but good beer is forever.