What Holiday/Winter beers are you looking forward to?

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

  1. RickBelgique

    RickBelgique Initiate (65) Jul 16, 2014 Illinois

    Sadly, both HolidaySpiceLager and BourbonBarrelAgedHolidaySpice are retired, according to Beer Advocate. I didn't see either last year. Two years ago, we were on the brewery tour on Friday (IIRC) when the owner, Russ, gives tours. I half-begged him to bring back the Holiday Spice Lager. They did release the BBA Holiday Spice that year. But that's been it, from what I've seen.

    If you liked the Holiday Spice Lager, and you get a chance to buy some, try Lakefront's Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It's taste is reminiscent of Holiday Spice Lager.
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  2. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,343) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    St bernardus Abt 12
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  3. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (312) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    The only holiday beer for me is Boulevard's Nutcracker Ale.
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  4. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (141) Jun 13, 2017 California

    Is Alaskan Smoked Porter a winter beer? Meh, I'd prefer to drink it during colder weather, so it is for me
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  5. PapaGoose03

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

    It must be at least a winter seasonal (if not using the holidays as part of that definition) because I noticed one of my local stores has a new display of it.
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  6. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Champion (894) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    Chimay Grande Reserve Blue. Originally a holiday brew.
  7. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,362) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Hibernation, isolation, jubilation, and all those b bombs I love so much.
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  8. RedhawkPoke

    RedhawkPoke Aspirant (269) Jan 30, 2017 Oklahoma

    I ordered a couple of Prairie BA Christmas Bombs. Enjoy those and the regular version as well.
  9. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Aspirant (283) Sep 22, 2011 Georgia

    I drink ipas all year, celebration was a big let down no balance at all, centennial hops have to balanced with a little sweetness. Sierra screwed up IMO
  10. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,661) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I see that Einstok's Winter Ale (the smoked/spruce tip one) has made a comeback. I missed out last year, so I plan on stocking up this year.
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  11. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,154) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    Sierra Nevada Celebration
    Anchor Our Special Ale
    Alpha Klaus
    St Bernardus Christmas Ale
    Abita Christmas Ale
    Old Fezziwig
    Holiday Porter
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  12. Beerswimmer

    Beerswimmer Initiate (115) Mar 4, 2013 Texas

    St. Bernardus Christmas
    Delerium Tremens Noel
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  13. Riff

    Riff Champion (846) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    Gingerbread Stout
    Concealed Darkness
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  14. jkrich

    jkrich Meyvn (1,221) Nov 1, 2001 Florida

    I can do without all of the spices - ginger, cinnamon, and cloves - I'll save all of that for the cookies. Just give me a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Celebration ale.
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  15. scream

    scream Meyvn (1,220) Dec 6, 2014 Wisconsin

    But what about all the spices in Celebration ??
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  16. Cait612

    Cait612 Initiate (15) Nov 8, 2019

    I'm not a fan of spiced winter ales so I'm looking forward stouts, stouts, porters and stouts :slight_smile:
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  17. joberlander

    joberlander Disciple (335) May 30, 2014 Massachusetts

    Definitely St. Bernardus Christmas and always have my fair share of BCBS when it drops in a few weeks.

    Looking forward to trying some now strong ales as well.
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  18. scream

    scream Meyvn (1,220) Dec 6, 2014 Wisconsin

    Celebration could work for you !
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  19. bsp77

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

    How many times are you going to tell us this? Let it go.
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  20. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,343) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Anyone know if Straffe Hendrik will be releasing their Xmas Quad this year? That was some tasty stuff and it was at a really great price point to boot!
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  21. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,924) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I loved the regular Quad I had +5 years ago.
  22. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (437) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Today won't be above freezing and it's got be wanting some Hibernation in the worst way. I'll see if I can find it this weekend. Also, can't forget about Bigfoot's arrival Mid Winter. Anyone planning on saison's for Thanksgiving?
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  23. JoeWalsh

    JoeWalsh Initiate (159) Mar 20, 2019 Illinois

    I enjoyed Rogue's Yellow Snow Pilsner last year. I hope they bring it back this year. Good stuff.
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  24. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,358) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I pretty much got everything I wanted in one stop today. I’ll still be on the lookout for Corsendonk’s though. I’ll also get Bigfoot when it comes out - a brew I associate with the winter even if it isn’t strictly a “seasonal.” I miss Great Divide Hibernation... it’s no longer spotted in my area. I assume it’s just another case of big brewer shrinkage unfortunately.
  25. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,661) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I couldn't resist that Guinness myself- can't wait to try it now.

    My local beer guy told me that the Scaldis Noel will be in stock next week, so that's another definite for my list.
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  26. jlitt8276

    jlitt8276 Initiate (38) Aug 19, 2012 Ohio

    I had to look up the Samuel Smith gift box. Says it comes with a glass and coasters. I've never seen it before.
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  27. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,358) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I’ll grab that too if I run into it.
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  28. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,358) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    It does. Years ago, I had one that came with a little foldout beer style thing too (that the one I got today lacks). There’s a different box that comes with their lager, perry, and chocolate stout. I don’t know if they are produced specifically for the holidays, but stores by me seasonally put them on the shelves as such.
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  29. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (437) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Mad elf is another Holiday tradition I have going with my brother in law. Gotta have one of those before going to get the tree!
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  30. PapaGoose03

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

    My favorite store just posted that Samichlaus just arrived. Since this beer is brewed only once per year on Dec. 6th, I assume it is released only once per year also. So now is the time to look for it if you want to enjoy this one.
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  31. eppCOS

    eppCOS Meyvn (1,052) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    All the heavy Belgian stuff will be on my hit list, along with Cumbre's La Negra imperial stout and whatever else I can find in NM that is as black as night since we'll be down there over the winter break.
  32. PapaGoose03

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

    P.S. It's $23 plus tax and deposit for a 4-pack at my store, so this one is a bit pricey.
  33. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,384) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a can of the new 4Loko hard Seltzer. Also watching inevitable chaos this will unleash in the wild.
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  34. JA_26

    JA_26 Initiate (139) Feb 4, 2019 Pennsylvania

    SN Celebration
    Troegs Blizzard of Hops
    Tired Hands Hail Santa
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  35. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,924) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Celebration is finally in Casper. And it's drinking fine.
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  36. pjbear05

    pjbear05 Initiate (113) May 28, 2008 Florida

    Bottle: Bell's Special Double Cream Stout.
    Draft: Funky Buddha Nib Smuggler.
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  37. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Champion (805) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    Winter warmers are my least favorite type of beer. Usually too malt forward,viscous and sweet with just a moderate ABV-
  38. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Champion (805) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    I was a huge Anchor fan. I had about 28 seasons. 2019 is very mediocre. So mediocre that I mixed my barley wine with it to make it pallatable-
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  39. Mickt465

    Mickt465 Initiate (156) Sep 12, 2016 New Hampshire

    My favorite time of year!
    I'll only listen couple.

    Brooklyn- Black Chocolate Imperial Stout. (Winter '19 is phenomenal, especially for the price)
    Ballast point- Victory at Sea High West BA Porter
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  40. Ranbot

    Ranbot Champion (892) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Agreed. For a change of pace without spices Great Divide's Hibernation Ale is a good one too.
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