Holiday beverages number 7 could’ve been titled “Cheers to Holiday Beers!” Last Saturday, we met with friends to celebrate the holidays. We had a white elephant gift exchange, a wonderful meal, and a beer tasting. I brought 6 different holiday brews, and the host also had a couple. Four of us grabbed glasses and shared all 8. We had spiced Christmas ales and winter warmers. I found two favorites: Anderson Valley Winter Solstice and Great Lakes Brewing Christmas Ale. I also found Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale.

Holiday Beverages Number 7

Christmas Ales 

In December 1994, I visited my daughter and her British husband in Doncaster, UK. My son-in-law took me to the Samuel Smith Brewery in Yorkshire, where he introduced me to a Christmas Ale. A beer with holiday spices. What the what? I wasn’t drinking beer with cinnamon and nutmeg. He convinced me to try a sip, and I loved it.

Christmas Ales and Winter Warmers fill me with cheer. There are holiday brews with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange, and I even had one with spices and cranberry juice!

Festive NA Brews 

There are plenty of holiday-ish NA brews. Beers with spices, juices, and more. Here’s a dozen! The 12 Non-Alcoholic Beers of Christmas, The List You Never Knew You Needed Until Now! I don’t know anything about it, but there’s even an NA beer club, NA BEER CLUB.

Beer is all year. It’s not only a summer drink. So, if you like beer and haven’t tried a Christmas brew, I recommend you give it a go. Cheers for beers!

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