This week’s blog on seasonal brews focuses on the upcoming holidays. Although we don’t have much of a fall or winter in the South, these delicious brews will make anyone feel like warming up to the “chilly” weather. And what better way to celebrate the season than with holiday brews?
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale – Saint Arnold Brewing Company debuted their first seasonal ale in November of 1995. This rich, hearty ale is perfect for the holiday season and features a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer. Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is best consumed at 45° Fahrenheit and is recommended to pair with fruit cake, Christmas pudding and squash bisque.
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale – Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. The Chinook bittering hops and Cascade and Centennial finishing hops make this brew something worth celebrating. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or a quiet evening at home.
Redhook Winterhook – Redhook changes this recipe slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th consecutive brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this bold, dark, winter ale slightly naughty and very nice.
Feeling the holidays yet? We’ll be featuring these seasonal brews at our tasting events this month so be sure to check Pint Jockeys’ Facebook page for details. If you do or don’t make it out to the free tasting events, be sure to let us know how you like these holiday brews.