December brews spice up the holidays

Beer for Christmas

Photo by Another Pint Please… (Mike) via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Last week Andy Downing of 77 Square recommended “Christmas beers that even a Grinch can love,” pairing brews and holiday films with some help from Adam Casey of Star Liquor. As Downing writes,

Every year, a number of holiday-themed beers hit the store shelves, ranging from mildly spiced ales to big, boldly flavored porters. But where to begin?

Head here to see what beers might go well with “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “Bad Santa.”

For a few holiday beer recommendations from the west coast, check out Courtney Humiston’s suggestions at 7x7SF, including offerings from Lagunitas and Anchor Steam. As Humiston describes,

The tradition of special holiday beer is one that goes back as long as there has been both holidays and beer. Typically richer and darker with higher alcohol, and possibly some kind of fruit or spice added to the brew, holiday beers are one of the best things about this time of the year.

Wired’s GeekDad praises Boulevard Brewing’s Nutcracker Ale, among a dozen or so others. Also mentioned are Santa’s Little Helper 2012 from Mikkeler and St. Bernardus Christmas Ale.

If the latter are up your alley and you’re in the Madison area, consider snagging a spot (assuming any are still available!) at Brasserie V’s final holiday beer tasting, scheduled for Wednesday, December 19:

With high demand, we have scheduled two Holiday Beer TastingsThursday the 13th, and Wednesday the 19th, both starting at 6pm. We will be sampling 8 Holiday beers from both Europe and the US, including Nøgne Ø, Mikkeller, Scaldis, The Bruery and more!   These tastings will be offered with cheeses and chocolates for $20 per person. Reservations are required, so give us a call at (608) 255-8500 to reserve your spot.

Merry Beer-mas!

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