Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest, And Most Unusual Holiday Brews

Hardcover | September 23, 2008

byDon RussellPhotographed byEverett W. Faircloth

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Christmas beers, also known as Winter Warmers, are a tradition dating back at least 2,000 years, with the ancients making highly intoxicating brews to celebrate winter’s Saturnalia. This brewmaking evolved into a holiday celebration when medieval monks, the world’s first professional brewers, pulled out their finest ingredients to produce soul-warming styles for the occasion. Today brewers continue the custom, either with centuries-old recipes or newfangled concoctions with spices and herbs, enabling thirsty beer fans to put aside their everyday favorites each winter and deck the halls with the world’s most flavorful ales and lagers, brewed especially for the holidays.Beer expert Don Russell taps into holiday cheer with a look at the world’s best—unusual, exotic, rich, one-of-a-kind brews—detailing the styles and flavors that will leave beer lovers in a froth. From Smuttynose Winter Ale to Santa’s Butt to Troegs Mad Elf to Left Hand XXXmas, there’s a beer for everyone, even a Hanukkah beer, He’Brew Jewbelation. Including funny tales and trivia behind the beers, homebrew recipes and food recipes with Christmas beer as an ingredient, and instructions for building and cellaring your own vintage holiday brews so you can enjoy Christmas 365 days a year, Christmas Beer will put even the most curmudgeonly beer drinker in the holiday spirit. Cheers!

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Christmas beers, also known as Winter Warmers, are a tradition dating back at least 2,000 years, with the ancients making highly intoxicating brews to celebrate winter’s Saturnalia. This brewmaking evolved into a holiday celebration when medieval monks, the world’s first professional brewers, pulled out their finest ingredients to prod...

Don Russell is one of America’s leading beer writers. His award-winning "Joe Sixpack" column appears weekly in the Philadelphia Daily News, and he is the host of "Joe Sixpack’s Happy Hour" on WPHT-AM, Philadelphia’s number one talk station.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.64 × 5.25 × 1.1 inPublished:September 23, 2008Publisher:RizzoliLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Aass Juleøl
Abita Christmas Ale
Achilles
Achouffe d’
Affligem Noël
Ægir Julebrugg
Alaskan Winter Ale
Allagash Grand Cru
Alpha Klaus
Anchor
Anderson Valley
AnheuserBusch
Anker Het
Appalachian
Atwater Winter Bock
Avec les Bons Voeux
Avery
Bad Elf
Bah Humbug
Baladin Noël
BaltimoreWashington
Bavik
Belgian Frostbite
Bell’s
Bethlehem
Big Shot
Binchoise Reserve Speciale La
Bink Winterkoninkske
Blaugies
Blue Point Winter Ale
Boston
Boulder
Boulevard
BridgePort
Brooklyn Winter Ale
Brown Shugga’
Celebration Ale
Choulette de Noël La
Clay Pipe
Clipper City
Clootie Dumpling
Coors
Corsendonk Christmas Ale
Criminally Bad Elf
Cropton
CuvéeMeilleurs Voeux
Dahls Juleøl
Delirium Noël
Doggie Claws
Dolle Brouwers De
Dominion Winter Brew
Dragonne La
Dubuisson Frères
Dupont
Duyck
Ebenezer Ale
Eggenberg
Faust Winter Festbier
Fish Tale WinterFish
Flying Dog
Flying Fish
Föroya Bjór Jola Bryggj
Fort Collins
FranchesMontagnes
Full Sail Wassail
Fürst Carl Weihnachtsbock
Fürstliches Brauhaus Ellingen
Gale George
Geary’s Winter Ale
George Gale Christmas Ale
Goose Island Christmas Ale
Gouden Carolus Noël
Grand Cru Winter Reserve
Great Divide
Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Grinnin’ Grizzly
Haand
HackerPschorr Superior
Hair of the Dog
Hale’s Ales Wee Heavy Winter Ale
Harpoon Winter Warmer
Harvey’s Christmas Ale
Heartland
Heavy Seas Winter Storm
He’brew Jewbelation
Herforder Weihnacht
Hibernation Ale
High Falls
High Point
Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale
Hofbräu Festbier
Hook Norton
Hoppy Holidaze Flavored Ale
Huyghe
Isolation Ale
Jenlain Noël
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
JW Dundee’s Special Edition Festival Ale

Kaltenberg
Kerkom
Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap
Kerst Pater
Kiuchi
Klaster Winter Lager
Klein Duimpje Kerstbier
K Cruiser
Koch’s Holiday Beer
König Ludwig FesttagsBier
Koninck De
Kulmbacher
Lagunitas
Lakefront Holiday Spice
Lancaster Winter Warmer
Left Hand
Lion The
Longfellow Winter Ale
Lump of Coal
Mack Juleøl
Mad Elf
Magic Hat
Mahr’s Christmas Bock
Marin
Matt
Meckatzer FestMärzen
Michelob Celebrate
Middle Ages
Mikkeller
Miller Special Christmas Beer
Mönchshof Weihnachtsbier
Moneuse Special Winter Ale La
Moylan’s
Never Summer Ale
New Belgium
N’ice Chouffe
Nissemor
Noel de Calabaza
Nøgne Ø Winter Ale (God Jul)
Nutcracker Ale
Odell
Old Dominion
Old Jubilation
OldMan Winter Ale
Old Red Nose
Otter Creek Winter Ale
Our Special Ale
Paper City
Pennsylvania
Père Noël
Petrus Winterbeer
Port
Prelude Special Ale
Proef De
Pursuit of Happiness
Pyramid
Ramstein Winter Wheat
Ranke De
Raven Christmas Lager The
Red Hook
Regenboog De
Ridgeway
Ringnes Julebokk
River Horse
Rogue Ales
Roxy Rolles
Rude Elf ’s Reserve
Rudolph’s Revenge
Rulles La
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
St. Feuillien Cuvée de Noël
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier
Samichlaus Bier
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig
Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Samuel Smith’sWinterWelcome Ale
Santa’s Butt
Santa’s Little Helper (Mikkeller)
Santa’s Little Helper (Port)
Santa’s Private Reserve Ale
Saranac Chocolate Amber
Saranac Season’s Best
Saranac Winter Wassail
Scaldis Noël
Schell August
Schmaltz
Senne De La
Serafijn Christmas Angel
Shipyard
Sierra Nevada
Slaapmutske
Sly Fox Christmas Ale
Smisje Kerst ‘t
Smith Samuel
Smuttynose Winter Ale
SnowBound Winter Ale
Snow Cap
Snow Goose Winter Ale
SnowStorm
Southern Tier
Spanish Peaks
Sprecher Winter Brew
Stegmaier Holiday Warmer
Stille Nacht
Stoudt’s Winter Ale
Summit Winter Ale
Three Floyds
Thurn and Taxis Winter Festbier
Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter
Tröegs
Tuborg Weihnachts Pilsener
Twelve Days
° Below Ale
Van den Bossche
Very Bad Elf
Vestfyen Julebrugg
Vifilfell
Viking Jólabjór
Walter’s Holiday Beer
Warm Welcome
Weeping Radish Christmas Beer
Well’s & Young’s
Weltenberger Kloster
Weyerbacher Winter Ale
White Christmas
Wild Goose
Winter Cheer
Winterfest
Winter Hook
Winter Koninck
Winter Palace Wee Heavy
Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale
Winter Solstice
WinterTraum
Winter White Ale
Wizard’s Winter Ale
Wychwood
Young’s Winter Warmer
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Editorial Reviews

"In your hunt for that perfect holiday elixir, there's a brand-new book that can help....He came up with an awesome selection. It's a great, informative read." ~The San Jose Mercury News"Russell gives readers the lowdown on the best of these holiday offerings..." ~The Wine Buzz“It is the first comprehensive collection." ~About Beer Magazine"...a comprehensive look at holiday brewing history and tradition..." ~The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"The book is an entertaining history of holiday beer...” ~The Philadelphia Weekly