Your Favorite Holiday Beer?

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  1. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,688) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Nugget Nectar
    Wake n' Bake
  2. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    I'll stick to beers that are pretty readily available.

    SN Celebration
    Sam Adams Winter Mix Pack
    Brooklyn BCS
    ST Pumking
    Narrangansett Summer Ale
    Mayflower Spring Hop

    New Guys that might enter my must buys next year:
    Lagunitas Sucks (if they put it in something besides 32oz)
  3. muletrane

    muletrane Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Nugget Nectar
    Double Trouble
    Northern Hemisphere
    Homegrown Estate Ale
    St Bernardus Christmas
    Corsendonk Christmas
    Breakfast Stout
    Southern Tier Harvest
    Terrapin Moo Hoo
  4. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    Nugget Nectar
    SN Celebratoin

    Anything else is just a bonus find during a particular season.
  5. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    anything founders/smuttynose/firestone walker
  6. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    SN Celebration
    GL Blackout
    Hofbrau Ocktoberfest
  7. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Forgot another one: Lagunitas Brown Shugga.
  8. srandycarter

    srandycarter Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2006 California

    Well, I would agree, if I lived back east :slight_smile:
  9. tourdot

    tourdot Zealot (531) Mar 3, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Goose Island BCBS
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Founders KBS
    Founders Imperial Stout
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Bells Expedition Stout
    Lake Louie Reserve Scotch Ale
    Victory Storm King Stout
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale
    Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Wee Heavy
    Leinenkugel's Big Eddy RIS
    New Glarus Staghorn Octoberfest
    Ale Asylum Sticky McDoogle
    Capital Oktoberfest
    Sprecher Piper Scotch Ale
  10. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Disciple (363) Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Nugget Nectar
    Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga subsitute!!!
    DFH Chicory Stout
    Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Ale
    St. Nickolaus Bock Bier
    any Troegs Scratch Series I can get my hands on
  11. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,091) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
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    Sooo many that I "must" at least try for every year. (Unfortunately trying dos not always equal getting, as most of you know)
    Terrapin Wake n Bake
    Sweetwater Happy Ending
    Red Brick Smoked Vanilla Gorilla
    Southern Tier Blackwater series (all 5 variations)
    Southern Tier Pumking
    Bells Hopslam
    Bells Oracle
    Bells Expedition Stout
    Founders Harvest
    Founders KBS
    Founders Imperial Stout
    Smuttynose Wheat Wine
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck
    Lagunitas Capaccino Stout
    Lagunitas Lucky 13
    Lagunitas Undercover...
    Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin
    Port High Tide
    Port Older Viscosity
    Hoppin Frog Frog Hollow Double Pumpkin
    Hoppin Frog Hop Dam
    Avery Maharaja
    Avery Mephistopheles
    ...and SO many others.
    And while they aren't really "seasonals" or anual, I also seek out:
    Founders Backstage releases
    most Terrapin Side Projects & Monster Beer Tour brews
    most Sweetwater Dank Tank releases
  12. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    A lot of great options already mentioned, I'll just throw in Great Divide Hibernation
  13. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (466) Aug 30, 2012 California

    Double Bastard
    FSW Anniversary
    Stone IRS
    Any good Pumpkin beers I can get my hands on
    Abita Strawberry Harvest
  14. belcherman

    belcherman Initiate (5) Mar 29, 2012 Rhode Island

    I'm always on the lookout for limited release brews, but for "go to" seasonals, I want something that is readily available and reasonably priced, preferably in 12-packs.

    Spring: Sam Adams Noble Pils
    Summer: Sierra Nevada Summerfest
    Fall: Sierra Nevada Tumbler
    Winter: Sierra Nevada Celebration
  15. aminobutyricacid

    aminobutyricacid Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Samuel Adams winter variety pack, gotta get that Old Fezziwig.
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  16. gradergator

    gradergator Initiate (167) May 14, 2012 Ohio

    Broo doo
    Devil Dancer
    Great Lakes Chrismas Ale
    Great Lakes Erie Monster
    ST Pumking
    Breakfast Stout
  17. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (1,750) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    SN Celebration
    Schlafly Pumpkin
    Brooklyn BCS
    Stone IRS
  18. Tschnab

    Tschnab Defender (640) Aug 21, 2010 New York

    Sixpoint Apollo
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  19. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,254) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Surly Abrasive cause im drinking it right now
  20. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,295) Sep 24, 2008 California

    Deschutes Red Chair NWPA
    Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin & Solace
    Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild
    Kona Pipeline Porter & Koko Brown
  21. TomTwanks

    TomTwanks Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    Blackout stout
    Great Lakes Oktoberfest
  22. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    Great Lakes Oktoberfest
    Great Lakes Christmas
    Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
    Founders KBS
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Stone IRS
    Sierra Nevada Celebration
    Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest
    Ayinger Oktoberfest
    Three Floyds Brian Boru
    Three Floyds Moloko
    New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat
    Dark Horse Plead the Fifth
    Founders Imperial Stout
    Bell's Oberon

    And probably a bunch I'm forgetting...
  23. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    Here is my list...

    Central Waters - Peruvian Morning, BBS, BBBW, Illumination
    Founders - FBS, Imperial Stout, Backwoods
    New Glarus- All Thumbprints but especially, Enigma, Cherry Stout, Apple Ale, Cran bic and IIPA. Regular seasonals, IPA, Coffee Stout/Road Slush, Dancing Man Wheat... Well I buy at least 1 6 of every beer they put out.

    Ale Asylum- Bedlam, Ballistic IPA
    ST - Pumking
    SN- Celebration, Bigfoot
    NB - usually pick up a folly each season
    SA - same deal but with their mix packs
    Summit - Oktoberfest, Unchained Series
    Dark Horse- Scotty Karate

    Probably more but I think it is time to stop:confused:
  24. BostonHops

    BostonHops Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    there are probably a few dozen, but what jumps to mind:

    founders KBS
    founders BS
    founders IS
    founders backwoods bastard
    founders double trouble
    founders backstage series releases
    firestone walker parabola
    firestone walker sucaba
    firestone walker anniversary
    goose island BCBS
    goose island BCB(C/R/B/V/CR)S
    lagunitas sucks
    lagunitas brown shugga
    lagunitas undercover shutdown
    troegs nugget nectar
    stone IRS
    stone double bastard
    stone lukcy basartd
    ST pumking
    bear republic racer x
    bell's hopslam

    know i'm forgetting a few...
  25. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,121) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    I'll always pick up any pumpkin beer I see so long as I know I haven't had it before, but few really impress me enough to warrant purchasing the next year.

    If I had access to Breakfast Stout at a reasonable (non-LA) price, I'd blow through my savings account picking it up.
  26. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Many, many great seasonal beers have been mentioned. I'll add one that everyone may not agree with, New Belgium Frambozen. I find it to be a really nice drinking beer with great flavor for a fall or winter day. Also compliments the seasonal food quite well.
  27. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,318) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Anchor Christmas ale
  28. Bubbalito

    Bubbalito Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2012 Virginia

    Great Thread:
    Schlafly Pumpkin
    Nugget Nectar
    SA Summer Ale
    Double Trouble
    Estate Ale
    Stone Anniversary IPA/Ruination
    Old Fezziwig
    Racer X
    Lil Sumpin Wild

    Those are the ones I look for every year. Yumm!
  29. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

  30. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
    Lagunitas Lil Somethin Wild
    Lagunitas Undercover investigation Shutdown Ale
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    Green Flash Rayon Vert

    Just off the top of my head...
  31. TheBishopco

    TheBishopco Devotee (451) Feb 4, 2011 Tennessee
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    I only have one to add. Schlafly American IPA. I really wish it were a year around brew.
  32. schildres

    schildres Initiate (148) Oct 14, 2010 Maryland

    So many to name so I'll just mention my two previous purchases instead:
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Founders Backwoods Bastard

  33. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (687) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    KBS, got lucky this year but doubt I'll get any next year
    Backwoods Bastard
    Usually by at least a 6er of celebration
    Sierra Nevada Hemishpere

    A lot of once a year releases underwhelmed me (I'm 22 so I'm 15 months into craft). No Nugget Nectar for me, maybe a bottle or 2 of Hopslam. Not into pumpkin beers really. Good and bad. Not a lot of special stuff to look forward to, but my favorite stuff is available all the time (given a 7-8 hour trip to Vermont lol).
  34. ezperkins2

    ezperkins2 Aspirant (298) Jan 3, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I just got a bottle of that in a trade and damn it was tasty stuff. It was hands down the favorite beer of the night during a recent small bottle share.
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  35. canucklehead

    canucklehead Poo-Bah (2,464) Mar 7, 2003 British Columbia (Canada)

    Deschutes Red Chair , Twilight and Jubelale
    Widmer BRRR
    Vancouver island Hermanator
    Sam Adams Octoberfest and Winter Lager
    Any Seasonal from Phillips and Driftwood
  36. bierman2000

    bierman2000 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2003 Pennsylvania

    so many must buys how bout Westmalle Tripel all year long or even Spaten Optimator Dopplebock even Duvel falls into this category
    The German O Fest listed hell yes and some Weizen's otherwise everyone find you own favorite seasonals
  37. Ford

    Ford Defender (685) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Shiner Oktoberfest and Cheer
    Saint Arnold Pumpkinator and Christmas
    Karbach Karbachtoberfest and Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
    Real Ale Coffee Porter

    keeping with a Texas theme here.
  38. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,128) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Deschutes Red Chair
    Odell's Red and St. Lupulin
    Great Divide's Espresso Yeti
    Bristol's Winter Warlock
  39. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    founders breakfast stout
    troegs nugget nectar
    sierra nevada celebration
    dfh chicory stout
    founders harvest
    sam smith winter welcome
    southern tier pumking
    dfh punkin
  40. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    Pretty much what this guy said.
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