Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 5: The Twelve Days of Christmas Cocktails

On The Fifth Day Of Christmas...

My husband and I can't stop raving over these Five Festive Beers.  We know that these are not cocktails but they were so good I couldn't pass them up.  Besides, I wanted those non-hard liquor drinkers to be able to have something to get them in the holiday spirit too. 

My Husband, Greg, recently got a new job as a bartender at Yard House which has 140 beers on tap.  So in order for him to learn all of the beers and be able to sell them well we decided that we would just have to try some which led us to these seasonal beers from some great breweries. Not only do we love the the rich flavors of these strong brews but the clever names and labels add a festive holiday touch.

Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout

This full bodied dark brew is perfect to start the season off right.  The spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger make this stout perfect to serve with appetizers or as a dessert. Ice cream beer float anyone?

Ale Smith Yule Smith Winter Holiday Ale

This imperial red ale's intense hops give it a floral aroma which brings you in immediately.  Then the rich caramel sweetness hits you ending with a subtle bitterness from the hops. I would pair this with a great cheese spread or just simply serve with a hearty dinner.

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

I am in love with this Belgian Abbey Ale!  Although this is a dark full beer it is easy to drink and has an amazing aroma of fruit with a creamy caramel flavor that keeps me coming back for more.  

Jewbelation He'brew The Chosen Beer

This beer is actually an anniversary ale, but we didn't want to leave our Jewish friends out in the cold with nothing to warm them up.  The chocolaty smoothness makes it easy to drink and love but watch out for this crazy strong beer.  Its high alcohol content, 16% to be exact, will be sure to keep you warm this winter.

Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout

With deep flavors of chocolate and coffee this dark and dreamy English Ale has become my holiday favorite.  This year I really do want a Lump of Coal in my stocking.