Christmas Beers

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Posted Dec 7, 2018

‘Tis the Season

Christmas is the biggest drinking holiday of the year. Full stop. You can argue New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, or Canada Day, but Christmas has something those other holidays don’t: longevity. Christmas is just one day but much like a sorority girl’s birthday the celebration is a month long.

As soon as November rolls into December we’re inundated with excuses and obligations to imbibe. Between Christmas parties, work events, family gatherings, dinner with friends, December is an unrivalled, month long bender.

Christmas also offers the largest selection of beverages to enjoy. Wine, Champagne, whiskey, port and brandy, eggnog, the list goes on! What about beer, though? Beer is often overlooked. As the weather plummets and we’re looking for drinks to warm us up the idea of cracking a cold one becomes less appealing. But what about Christmas beers?

What is Christmas beer?

Patrick Rue, one of the world’s 11 certified Master Cicerones, has this to say about Christmas beers:

“I suppose any beer that calls itself a Christmas/holiday beer is one; the standard is pretty loose! Christmas beers tend to be fuller bodied, often higher in alcohol, with rich malt bases. But there are certainly a lot of exceptions.”

Predominantly a Belgium tradition that is gaining popularity in North America, Christmas beers are seasonal beers meant to be enjoyed over the holiday. These beers are usually stouts, porters, or darker ales exceeding 6% ABV. It’s often holiday themed in packaging and flavour, incorporating spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, orange peel, star anise, etc…

Choosing a Christmas Beer

Now that you know a little bit about Christmas beers, how do you go about choosing the perfect one for your next holiday party? This is why you come to us. We asked our staff for their favourite Christmas beers and this is what they came up with:

1. Noctus 100 (Riegele Biermanufaktur)

Noctus 100 by Riegele Biermanufaktur

2. Schneider Weisse Aventinus (Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH)

Scnieder Wiesse Aventinus by Wiesses Bräuhaus

3. Weihenstephaner Korbinian (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihnestephan)

Weihenstephaner Korbinian by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihnestephan

4. Cuvée de Noël (Brasserie St. Feuillien)

Cuvée de Noël by Brasserie St. Feuillien

5. Gauloise Christmas Ale (Brasserie Du Bocq)

Gauloise Christmas Ale by Brasserie Du Bocq

6. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale (Brouwerij St. Bernardus)

St. Bernadus Christmas Ale by Brouwerij St. BernardusGo forth and enjoy responsibly, friends! Merry Christmas from the Last Spike Team!