Christmas Beers still on shelves

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Chelsea1905, Apr 4, 2013.

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  1. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Devotee (452) Sep 3, 2008 Washington
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    In picking up some stuff for a trade over the past few days I noticed one beer shop I go to still has a few Christmas release beers on their shelf. The one place never really puts them on sale, but I wanted to know if there are some that I should be looking out for that if they go on sale they'd be worthwhile Some of the ones I have seen are Pelican's Bad Santa, Jubilation, Wreck the Halls by Full Sail, and I am sure I saw a few others.

    Anyway, are Christmas brews still worth looking out for
  2. Budinetz

    Budinetz Defender (639) Dec 29, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Troeg's Mad Elf ages well...
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  3. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    you can get some good deals on christmas beers this time of year. some places are just looking to dump their remaining stock.

    i saw a 6 pack of corsedonk xmas that came with a glass for $6 today
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  4. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,272) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I have had Avery Old Jubilation and liked it, but I am not sure how it would taste with some age on it.

    Two years ago I had a bomber bottle of Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper. I really liked it, but definitely thought it would taste even better with some age on it. I have yet to locate another bottle. If I did, I would cellar it for a year. You may want to get that if you see it.
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  5. olfolxholme

    olfolxholme Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 California

    At this point, possibly. (Of course) it's going to vary from beer to beer. Storage conditions at the store will play a big role. Higher ABV's are your best bet.

    I don't think Wreck the Halls ages very well, since it is a Dry-Hopped Winter Warmer... but it's not that old at this point. Jubelale (I think that's what you meant) should still be good. Never had Bad Santa.

    Depending on what you are looking for, any beer that you liked at Christmas could be interesting to try a few months out. Could be educational, could be delicious. If you have the cash and the fridge space... go for it.
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  6. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,272) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Agreed. I definitely liked Mad Elf much better with age. Fegley's Rude Elf as well. That said, I don't think that Chelsea would find either one of those PA beers in Washington state.
  7. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,539) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Goose Island Christmas ages pretty well, says it can age for up to five years in the bottle. Don't know if you get that though.
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  8. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Jubilation ages well. Anchor Our Special Ale also ages extremely well.
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  9. Budinetz

    Budinetz Defender (639) Dec 29, 2010 Pennsylvania

    True Story...You could look for some Santa's Reserve from Rogue...that's pretty tasty and usually there is some left over...not one to age though..
  10. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    I wish I could still pick up a few St. Bernardus Christmas Ales.
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  11. Mandark

    Mandark Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2008 Illinois
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    I'm a nerd and so can attest that the 2012 version states that it will remain fresh for 180 days from bottling, whereas the 2011, which was a great beer, claims it will develop up to five years. Thanks to a great local store I was able to get a few four packs of the 2011 last week and it still tastes superfine.
  12. CoolEthan

    CoolEthan Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 California
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    I hoard St Bernardus Christmas Ales like a squirrel/nuts.
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  13. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Devotee (452) Sep 3, 2008 Washington
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    Sorry, missed the "Old"
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  14. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Devotee (452) Sep 3, 2008 Washington
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    Thanks guys. I had a Mad Elf as part of a trade that involved Nugget Nectar, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Shame it was only one! But Troegs stuff in my cellar is still calling my name
  15. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Devotee (452) Sep 3, 2008 Washington
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    Thanks for the input guys. I am totally with olfolxhome that I'll probably just test it out as an experiment, I mean, why not?

    Other than I'm trying to cut back on the amount of drinking this month due to an agreement with my wife that she's letting me buy a plane ticket to Chicago for my buddy's wedding. I'll try stock up on some Chicago brews while I am there, so I'm not complaining too much.
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  16. Scrylol

    Scrylol Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2010 Alberta (Canada)

    There's still a few 2012 Anchor Christmas ales around here, will pick up a bottle or two to do a comparison when 2013's version come along.
  17. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Savant (980) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    There's a bunch of St. Bernardus Christmas ale left over where I work. Also we have Jubilation and Hibernation left on tap.
  18. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Devotee (452) Sep 3, 2008 Washington
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    damn man, I'd grab some of that St Bernardus if I were you.

    Total Wine has Old Jubilation and Jubelale for 99c a bottle. I grabbed a couple and they're still alright.
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  19. SirBottlecap

    SirBottlecap Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2013 California

    'Shelfs' works better when talking about a Christmas beer
  20. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Trader Joe's still has 2102 Vintage Ale (Unibroue) on the shelves some places for $4.99 a 750. Great deal on a good beer.
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  21. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Savant (980) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    I see what you did there....:rolling_eyes:
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  22. SirBottlecap

    SirBottlecap Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2013 California

    Actually, on second thought, it was right in the first place, but I never was good in math.
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  23. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Devotee (427) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Schlafly Christmas drinks well year round. They do great things with spiced beers, as the pumpkin drinks great year round, too.
  24. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,402) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    it's a pretty low-rent standard brew, but for what it's worth, i bought and drank some Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale last week for the first time, and damn was it good.

    anyway, if you found any on sale, you could do worse ...
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  25. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    We've got xmas beers on a sale shelf at my shop; winter beers that age well are still sold at regular pricing. IMO, naming a beer "xxx x-mas ale" really is a bad idea. Once xmas is over, the interest is pretty much gone. Winter is still around for months after x-mas...
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  26. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    Hibernation is an excellent winter seasonal/ages well and I'm glad they do the smart thing and not include the word christmas in the name...
  27. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Meyvn (1,487) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    I came across a bottle of DeDolle Stille Nacht a couple weeks ago and picked it up. I gotta think that stuff ages well.
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  28. imperialbeerdude

    imperialbeerdude Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2012 Colorado

    mmm jubilation...
  29. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    A few weeks ago I noticed a big stack of Boulevard Nutcracker Ale 6-packs that Whole Foods had on firesale (less than $6). Gone in a week.

    Spec's in Austin (warehouse type liquor store) still had Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from the Christmas before last during Christmastime this year. And that's a Christmas IPA! Might still be there, lol.
  30. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    As of Saturday, a place in Frederick, MD still had at least 3 cases of SN Celebration (as well as cold six packs).

    I was half-tempted to buy one, but they were full price (at an already somewhat high price of $9/sixer).

    Anyone purchased Celebration recently? I'd love to know how it holds up.
  31. MDDMD

    MDDMD Poo-Bah (1,759) Jun 4, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Just saw a case at my local distributor for 40% off!!
  32. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (840) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri
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    Goose Island Christmas Ale is meant to continue developing in the bottle for up to five years. I had a 2009 for Christmas last year, and it was really, very good. I saw a lone 4 pack of 2012 last week so I bought it. SA's Merry Mischief is supposed to age fairly well, also.
    While you're in town stocking up, 3 Floyds, Half Acre, and Pipeworks are just a few of the local brews to look for.
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  33. Bildo

    Bildo Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Minnesota

    Does anchor christmas cellar well, a local store has the larger (bigger than 32oz) on the shelves still.
  34. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    I fell in love with mad elf this year. I could only find 3 bottles for my cellar. A few days ago I went to a shop that is an unorganized mess and found several six packs in there. Bought a case and might by more. Those are my favorite finds.
  35. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,260) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    The brewery thinks so:
    Although, they still recommend refrigeration (as they do for all their beers, a request that is ignored by most retailers). There was a tasting of different OSA vintages a few years ago in which Fritz Maytag, previously a doubter, even acknowledged the cellarablity of the relatively low abv Our Special Ale.
  36. danoble1

    danoble1 Aspirant (285) Apr 13, 2012 Indiana
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    Saw Goose Island Christmas Ale at Liquor Barn in Wheeling $14.99 a case (yes a case of 24). They had easily 20 cases.
  37. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I was returning my sixtel of Anchor Our Special Ale 2012 on Saturday and when I went to look at what keg to buy next they still had another sixtel of OSA 2012 there.
  38. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Insanely so.

    Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn had numerous vintages on their bottle list when I was living in NY. Tried a few and they were very nice and had a lot of age on them.
  39. beerindaglass

    beerindaglass Aspirant (217) Feb 20, 2013 Florida
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    Yeah, there's a pile of it where I shop too. Don't drink many quads, so I never pay much attention to that stuff. Guess I should pick one up.
  40. 1up

    1up Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    Rude Elf's Reserve is awesome especially when aged. It's a bit hot fresh. I have about 4 2-year old bottles waiting for me in my cellar.

    Historical fact: The beer used to be named Rudolph's Reserve until someone claimed the rights for Rudolph. More recently, Troegs claimed the rights to 'Elf' beers but they ended up settling and Fegley's kept the name. I know all this since I went to college right down the road from Bethlehem Brew Works.
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