What Holiday/Winter beers are you looking forward to?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Genuine, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. bwarner2015

    bwarner2015 Initiate (69) Mar 25, 2016 Connecticut

    Sam’s Winter Lager
    Speedway Stout
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  2. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (608) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Founders Imperial Stout!!! Glad I can say that again.

    Also, Celebration and hibernation ale are my two other favorites. Jubilee by deschutes and Fremont’s winter ale are good as well.
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  3. Bigrock

    Bigrock Initiate (73) Feb 4, 2013 Texas

    Shared a six of Jubelale this past weekend with two of my brothers. Very good and always look forward to its appearance. Kinda iffy about this year’s art tho. :rolling_eyes:
    Will definitely pick up a six pack or two of Xocoveza.
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  4. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (3,637) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Pennsylvania Tuxedo.
    Mad Elf.
    Brooklyn Black.
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  5. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,301) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I'll need to start working on my 12 Beers of Christmas before long. I'm thinking I might incorporate a few of the beers I'd been saving for a share that never materialized. I have a few Firestone Walker boxed releases, and I will probably include a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale and an Anchor Our Special Ale. Other than that, who knows? All will be revealed in due time. :wink:
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  6. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Zealot (509) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    I really enjoyed DFH Beer for Breakfast that dropped here a couple Thanksgivings ago (aka "scrapple beer")
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  7. TheEpeeist

    TheEpeeist Devotee (445) Nov 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    now that my sister has moved to Raleigh i always ask her to grab some Highland Black Watch when it comes out. been known to have a few on Xmas morning.
  8. Ranbot

    Ranbot Champion (892) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Around Xmas there usually find their way into my glass:
    Great Divide Hibernation Ale
    Sierra Nevada Celebration
    Anchor "Our Special Ale" Christmas
    Sly Fox Christmas Ale

    I also get Troegs Mad Elf for my dad, but I usually pass on it.
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  9. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (437) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I don't believe ST still makes it but I once looked forward to Krampus. That beer was definitely part of my holiday traditions for sure. I totally forgot about PA Tux - I'll have to keep an eye out for that.
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  10. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,534) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned it yet but (like all of you so far) I forgot to mention a Christmas 'tradition' in my post above in this thread. Samichlaus is one that I try to drink every year during the holidays, but I forgot about it last year until just before Christmas, and by then couldn't find it at my two favorite stores. Maybe many of you also look at this beer as a tradition and that's why it disappears from the shelf at this time of the year. Buy it now folks while you can.
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  11. KarlDK1990

    KarlDK1990 Initiate (41) Aug 26, 2018 Michigan

    Bigfoot 2020
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  12. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,358) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    There’s no Pennsylvania Tuxedo this year.
  13. SWChi

    SWChi Defender (619) Oct 25, 2012 Illinois
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    As others have mentioned:

    Old Fezziwig- i'l be buying 3 12- packs just to have more than 3 bottles
    Great Lakes Christmas Ale
    Alpha Klaus

  14. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Zealot (583) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    The only two I'm likely to buy are Celebration and Hibernation (if i can find it not too old). Otherwise I'll just be drinking some of what I've got in the 'cellar':

    '17 BCBS & '18 BCBS, BCBS Reserve and Wheatwine
    '17 Thomas Hardy's Ale
    DFH Worldwide Stout & Olde School Barleywine
    Alesmith Speedway Stout
    Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half
    St. Bernardus Pater 8
    Barrier Rip Rap (Baltic Porter)
  15. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,554) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland

    I literally could live through the winter solely off Founders big beer offerings. CBS in 12oz bottles now is icing on the cake. Just wish that Curmudgeon were back in rotation or Better Half is available again soon.
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  16. Amendm

    Amendm Defender (628) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island

    Wormtown's Blizzard of 78 has hit the shelves, a long time English Brown Ale favorite.
  17. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,258) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

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  18. AMBenkert

    AMBenkert Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2019

    for taste, SN Celebration
    for tradition, Shiner Holidays
  19. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,358) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,258) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

  21. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,926) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Anyone tried Breckenridge Christmas Ale this year? I see that they're still putting out the party cans.
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  22. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (414) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

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  23. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,971) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    I did mention earlier that I still planned to purchase it this year
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  24. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (812) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Anchor Christmas (always a fav every year)
    3 Floyds Alpha Claus
    SN Celebration
    TJ's / Unibroue Vintage Ale ( a steal @ $5.99)
    Fat Heads Holly Jolly and Pimp my sleigh
    Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs
    Hoppin Frog Frosted Frog
    Masthead Sleigh All Day
    Platform Holiday Donut Cookie
    (NE Ohio has tons of holiday brews made locally)
    SA Old Fezz and Chocolate Bock
    Deschutes Jubelale
    Stone Xocoveza

    to name a few!


  25. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Aspirant (283) Sep 22, 2011 Georgia

    Let me say celebration was a disappointment, every year I really look forward to a balanced rich flavorful hopped up slightly bitter at the end pre xmas beer. This time way too malty and no hoppy sweetness involved. sux
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  26. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Aspirant (283) Sep 22, 2011 Georgia

    SN celebration was a big let down, the malt has overpowered the slight sweetness of the hops. Didn’t know they used citra hops. Won’t buy anymore, tasted old but dated 10/ 10 2019
  27. afterexile

    afterexile Initiate (126) Nov 29, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Slight sweetness ? Overpowered malt ? Wow, I just might like it this year .
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  28. afterexile

    afterexile Initiate (126) Nov 29, 2005 Pennsylvania

    How about Harywood Gingerbread Stout ? I hope I can find it this year especially their BB version.
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  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,258) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    This beer features (uses) Centennial hops.

    I have yet to try this year's version but I have noticed that from year to year the malt to hop balance does indeed vary.

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  30. Barettes

    Barettes Initiate (132) Aug 4, 2019 Washington

    pFriem Winter Ale
  31. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (345) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    It's great this year. I've hated on this beer for years for not having enough spice. It's very spiced this year. Either they added more or my palate changed. They also went to their 16.9 ounce bottle size. I picked my first of the season up two days ago for $5.89-wow.
  32. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Aspirant (283) Sep 22, 2011 Georgia

    Your right, every year it's different. Maybe tumbler will be better.
  33. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Devotee (438) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan

    Its not the holidays for me without Juicy Tree from Shorts Brewing Company.
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  34. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,926) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Our Old Chicago's Winter Mini Tour:

    Anchor Christmas Ale
    Sam Adams Winter Lager
    New Belgium Cold Press Cream Ale
    Stone Xocoveza
    10 Barrel Pray for Snow
    Bell`s Christmas Ale
    Sierra Nevada Mint Stout - Exclusive
    Leinenkugels Snowdrift
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  35. LeviLovesBeer

    LeviLovesBeer Initiate (99) Dec 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Yes! I've said this for years. I've even used this beer to make a gravy for our Christmas turkey.
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  36. RickBelgique

    RickBelgique Initiate (65) Jul 16, 2014 Illinois

    N'ice Chouffe - ALWAYS at the top of my list. Tho, it's hard as all heck to find it in the Chicago area.
    Delirium Noel
    St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
    Sam Adams Winter Lager, Old Fezziwig, and Holiday Porter
    Two Brothers Northwind
    Old Irving Brewing's Krampus Cookies (small brewpub on NW side of Chicago)
    Great Lakes Christmas Ale
    Lakefront Holiday Spiced Lager

    I miss Affligem's Noel. Haven't see that in Chicago for a number of years.
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  37. RickBelgique

    RickBelgique Initiate (65) Jul 16, 2014 Illinois

    The Sam Adam's Winter Classic variety pack is out. Just picked up a case at Costco. Tho, I'm scratching my head as to how Sam '76 Lager qualifies as a "Winter Classic". They probably had some leftover from the summer and stuck it in the variety pack.
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  38. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,924) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania

  39. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,534) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    That beer is the only sweet spiced holiday beer that I've ever liked. Must be just the right combination of spices. It's been years since I've seen it, and when I bought it I think it was while traveling thru Chicago. I don't know if it has ever been available in Michigan. Good to know it is still available. I'd love to find it again.
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  40. NWer

    NWer Crusader (785) Mar 10, 2009 Washington

    Deschutes Jubelale
    Fremont B-Bomb
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