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Winter Seasonal Beer: Part 2


The 12 Beers of Christmas: winter seasonals part 2


I’ve already highlighted some fantastic seasonal beer options found locally but there are so many great seasonal brews to be had I just couldn’t stop with Michigan. May I present part two of the winter and holiday beer review.

So put on your ugly sweater and enjoy the holiday season with the 12 beers of Christmas.


1. Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale 5.5% ABV 

Anchor brewing continues its tradition that began in 1975 with this year’s Christmas Ale. Like they do every year, the annually changing recipe is top-secret but the brew’s goodness is apparent to all who try it.. This year's batch features a dark pour with stone fruit flavor and a high alcohol content. 

2. Bluepoint Winter Ale 7.0% ABV 

This American amber ale combines four types of malts to warm away the chill during the winter. The focus is on the sweet, chocolate taste from the malts and hints of brown sugar and vanilla.  A hoppy aroma finishes out this well-balanced brew. 


3. Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout 10% ABV 

This multiple award-winner stands out with a full-bodied black pour and thin tan head. Rich chocolate flavor prevails throughout while offering multiple layers, including vanilla, dark fruit and nutty hints with a bittersweet cocoa finish


4. Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry Oatmeal Stout 7.5% ABV 

This unique stout pours black with a thick head. Immediately, blueberry is apparent in the aroma, along with oats and granola. The blueberry taste is softened with creamy sweet malts and a bit of hops that comes out at the end to produce a nicely put together medium-bodied beer, perfect for the long winter months. 

5. Flying Dog k-9 Cruiser Winter Ale 7.4% ABV

They say it tastes like Christmas and this English Ale, with its copper pour, lives up to that description. Malts lay down a toasted nutty aroma and a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Light hops provide a nice bitter-tinged finish for the rich and creamy caramel and brown sugar flavors.

6. Magic Hat Winter Howl Black Lager 4.6% ABV 

Four types of malts and two types of hops come together to form this winter lager that warms the innards with tasty dark malts and smooth hop bitterness. The dark hue and earthy, toasty aroma round out this beer to its last sip. 

7. New Belgium Snow Day 6.2% ABV 

This American black ale uses the new brewing malt Midnight Wheat to bring a roasty chocolate and caramel flavor to the forefront. The malts are balanced with the bitterness provided by a combination of Cascade, Centennial and Styrian Goldings hops.

8. Redhook Winter Hook 6% ABV 

This winter seasonal is brewed to keep you warm. It combines strong malts that blend nicely with herbal hops that give off a pine flavor. Together, this creates a smooth ale to drink and be appreciated for its roasted malt, hazelnut and hop character that create a full-bodied beer.

9. Sam Adams White Christmas Ale 5.8% ABV 

An unfiltered white ale blended with some of the season’s best spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. It is true to its style with a pale cloudy appearance while the wheat, spice and lights citrus notes provide for a smooth sipping experience.


10. Shiner Holiday Cheer 5.4% ABV 

This is an old world Dunkelweizen that is brewed with peaches and roasted pecans, a nod to the brewery’s Texan roots. This unfiltered wheat ale showcases a peach and bready aroma with a medium-light mouthfeel and a sweet wheat taste that goes well with the caramel malts. The aroma and flavor both boast of sweet peach and smooth pecan flavors.



11. Sixpoint Brewery Diesel Stout 6.3% ABV 

A switch up from the usual, this brew is a part American stout and part black IPA. The combination creates a dark chocolate taste with powerful piney hops. It pours a dark black with a pine hops aroma.

12. Stella Artois 4% ABV 

Celebrate the holiday with a brew originally crafted to celebrate the chilly months and jubilant celebrations of the wintry months. The lager pours golden with a white head that disperses into minimal lacing. The smooth flavor is perfectly balanced and ends in a light crisp finish. Although available throughout the year, it remains a traditional way to recognize and celebrate the season.

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