The winter holidays are a favorite time of year for most people because family and friends come together to share food and drink and spread cheer. In the recent past, wine, toddies, eggnog and spiced cider seemed to be a natural fit, but long ago, people drank winter ale. Today, winter ale has made an astounding comeback, and microbreweries across the country offer their versions of this Old-World classic, often slightly tweaked for the American palate.
Winter beer has been a tradition in Europe for hundreds of years, and it is often referred to as a winter warmer. These beers are actually ales rather than lagers or pilsners, and they tend to be brewed with an abundance of dark, rich malts. Some of these ales include exotic spices while others follow the strict definition of beer by including only the four requisites: water, malt, hops and yeast.
In England, many of the winter ales have a higher alcohol content than standard beer, and they carry a slightly sweet taste designed for family get-togethers. However, American holiday beers are usually made with roasted grains and an abundance of fresh hops. Some of the spices that are used in these varieties include orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger, and they may be crafted with fermentable ingredients other than malt, such as honey or molasses.
We offer a wide range of Holiday beer gifts for those who do not celebrate Christmas. These gifts are carefully packaged in attractive wicker baskets, decorative boxes or reusable tubs, and many include a selection of snacks, such as nuts, popcorn, crackers and cheese. A few of the winter beers we offer are Winter Solstice Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing, Santaís Private Reserve from Rogue Brewing Co. and Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Take care of all your holiday gifts right here at BeerGifts.com.
New Belgium Brewing Company Fort Collins, Co. - Accumulation White IPA
A white beauty of a brew designed for the winter season with new hop varietals and a bit of wheat for a smooth feel. This new brew by New Belgium salutes the snow accumulating in Colorado and the long nights of blizzard white. Medium to light body overall with strong hop aromas and wheat to smooth out the bitter edges.
Odell Brewing Company Fort Collins, CO. - Isolation Ale
A traditional winter ale made with English hops with extra spices for the holidays. For skiers or first snow fans this celebrates those moments to remember.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Boonville, CA - Winter Solstoce Winter Ale
Winter Solstice Seasoned Ale is a great beer with wintery warm flavors that are rich and creamy with hints of toffee, spice and caramel - perfect ale to share with family and friends on those cold winter nights. Pair with pumpkin pie, roasted almonds and aged cheddar.
Rogue Brewing Co. Newport, OR. - Santa's Private Reserve
Why not go Rogue for the holiday season with Santa's Private Reserve including a double dose of hops both Hops and Barley for double prizes.in flavor. Reddish in color and a roasty well-balanced finish.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company Portland, OR - BRRR Seasonal Ale
The perfect holiday treat to warm up with a cold one or two! The caramel and chocolate malts are delightful and balanced nicely for a winter red ale.
Spoetzl Brewery Shiner, TX - Shiner Holiday Cheer
This little brewery shines on with this Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with peaches and roasted pecans this shouts Holiday Cheer!! Malt flavors shine throughout this dark wheat ale.
Deschutes Brewery Bend, OR. - Jubelale A Festive Winter Ale
This festive winter ale carries a warm spiciness to enjoy for the holidays. This bold beer is layered with flavors of dried fruit, toffee and hoppiness.
Anchor Brewing Company San Francisco, CA - Christmas Ale
Anchor Brewing celebrates 40 years of producing this limited release only from November to mid-January the recipe differs every year. Spreading joy and celebration with the freshness every holiday season brings with the intent to enjoy the Christmas season! Artwork for the label hand drawn by James Stitt.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, CA - Celebration Ale
Celebrate with holiday fun in mind with this fresh and festive American IPA. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas honoring all the classical elements from Sierra Nevada.
Goose Island Beer Company Chicago, IL - Festivity Ale
A gift beer wrapped in caramel and dark fruit malt flavors within a creamy Toasty brown ale. The recipe changes every year for the fun of the holiday season!!
Full Sail Brewing Company Hood River, OR. - Wassail Winter Ale
Rich and deep mahogany in color this full body ale is a holiday treat! This limited Edition Ale for the joy of the holiday season. Brewed with the best hops and malts with a range of caramel malts and dark chocolate malts for the deep color and full body flavors. This Pacific Northwest brew delivers the perfect gift for Christmas Ideal for both the hop and malt lovers of this world.