With Christmas right around the corner and the nights drawing in for most of us, the urge to have your buddies over for a few beers at home starts to sounds far more appealing than a night out.
The key is to pick the right of combination of beers to have in your cooler. You want cozy, warming beers—perhaps even a few festival specials to help you get into the Yuletide spirit.
If you’re scratching your head wondering what to serve, don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered. And, if you want to serve something a little stronger alongside, check out our online store selection of fine spirits and mixers.
Harpoon Winter Warmer
With a rich aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and toffee—someone artfully described this beer as smelling like a Christmas candle—and a malty, full-bodied taste, this is the perfect beer to get everyone settled in with. It pours a clear amber and has a nice off-white head—overall a very delicious and drinkable ale.
Samuel Adams Winter Lager
A bottle of winter cheer from everyone’s favorite brewery. While just as crisp and refreshing as their summer lagers, it’s differentiated by its deep ruby color and piercing aroma that delivers caramel and spice. Upon taking your first sip, expect a full-bodied beer with all the above flavors and a nice hint of citrus on top.
East End Snow Melt
Watch out! Don’t have too many of these as they pack quite the punch at 7.1% ABV. With a beautiful mahogany color and the taste of herbal hops, this beer really makes itself memorable with a dark malty finish and a spicy aroma of pine and chocolate. A great beer for drowning out the winter blues.
Sly Fox Christmas Ale
This mixes all the traditional Christmas flavors—ginger, clove, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg—to make a wonderfully festive brew. It’s a clear amber and has a pleasantly light and spicy aroma with dominant hints of ginger and cinnamon. As you drink, you’ll realize you’ve picked a winner—the taste being mainly cinnamon and the texture medium-bodied with a bready malt base.
Barrel Aged 12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale
We mainly picked this beer because of its great name and how highly it’s rated in reviews. The color could be described as a hazy brown and the beer has a light tan head. The flavor is an appealing mix of honey, caramel and dark fruits with a vibrant bourbon aftertaste. A thoroughly light-bodied beer, this goes down smooth and leaves a sweet tingle on the taste buds.