My Twelve Beers of Christmas (2014)
The holidays are the perfect time to gather around with friends and family and enjoy a few beers. In honor of the specialness of the season, it’s always nice to pop open a few marquee bottles for sharing. These are the beers I’m most looking forward to drinking over the next few weeks. Some are brand new releases I’ve yet to taste, while others are old standbys that get a fresh audience every year. Presented in no particular order, all of these will be consumed at some point during my vacation between December 20th and January 3rd, 2014.
I still have a couple of these guys tucked back from this year’s haul, and I’m sure that their velvety goodness will find a home on my tongue before the season is out.
Terrapin Gamma Ray
I make no effort to hide how much I love this beer. I’m down to two four packs of this retired gem from Terrapin and a fit of New Year’s joy will probably force open a cap.
Hoppin’ Frog Bourbon Barrel Aged DORIS
I picked up a few bottles on my recent trip to Akron and I’ve been hoarding them for our Team BDR family Christmas dinner and bottle share. I’ve heard nothing but great things, so I’m looking forward to this.
Hoppin’ Frog Cleveland Crusher
Another from my visit to Cleveland Beer Week, this is Hoppin’ Frog’s official festival tie-in brew. Nothing says holiday cheer quite like an Oatmeal Stout in my opinion.
Terrapin Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake
Speaking of Oatmeal Stouts, regular ol’ Wake-n-Bake has been one of my favorites this fall. This highly sought-after variant will be savored and (hopefully) live up to the hype.
Terrapin White Chocolate Moo-Hoo
While the reviews I’ve read say Terrapin’s other big variant release from this season doesn’t fall far enough from the original Moo-Hoo’s flavor tree, I’m looking forward to giving it a shot.
Dogfish Head Piercing Pils
Nothing about this beer’s description says Christmas to me; but I’m always a sucker for a new bottle from Dogfish Head. The usage of pear juice has me particularly intrigued. Four pack: acquired.
Thirsty Dog Siberian Night (Bourbon Barrel)
I was lucky enough to snag two of these directly from the brewery due to the kindness of owner John Najeway and at least one of them will be in my belly by the new year. Hopefully I’ll like it more than Keith.
Southbound Moonlight Drive
The latest seasonal release from Savannah’s own Southbound is a coffee stout with local roasters Perc. While the official release date won’t fall within my holiday timeline, I’m crossing my fingers for a preview taste to come in just under the wire.
Sweetwater Festive Ale
A local option for a winter warmer is appreciated, and this is a solid seasonal release from a solid Georgia brewery. I’m excited to see how this year’s compares to Keith’s notes from his 2012 vertical tasting.
Anchor Our Special Ale
It’s just not Christmas without at least one glass of perhaps the best known winter seasonal beer of them all. You can listen to us drink last year’s on Episode 10 of the Brew / Drink / Run podcast.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
No, I don’t have any of the 2013 vintage yet. But I am hoping for a Christmas miracle. Note that I’ll accept the barleywine or coffee variants in addition to the original, one of my favorite beers of all time.