5 Great Christmas Beers from Pennsylvania
Christmas is the time for merry greetings and warm feelings.
And there are no better ways to get you feeling merry and warm than enjoying some great Pennsylvania beers this Christmas season.
Christmas Beers from Pennsylvania
This holiday while you’re toasting with family or close friends, Pennsylvania offers some of the best options for Christmas beers.
Gifting a local brew will show you care enough to find a good brewery, or spend some quality time in liquor store aisles.
Or when you’re sick of eggnog and would prefer something stronger to wash down some of Santa’s cookies check out some of these options.
The annual Christmas staple from Troegs is the signal that the Christmas season has started. It has the hallmarks of holiday flavor in clove, allspice cinnamon, and cocoa. Brewed with a quartet of cherries and honey, those are the standout flavors, this beer is known for its holiday red color. At 11% ABV, this beer can also help give you the rosy red complexion better known on old St. Nick. Pair it with your holiday ham, or better yet marshmallow yams.
Southern Tier Brewing
Oh, bring us some figgy pudding. With a satellite location in Pittsburgh, this New York-based brewery is more known for its Pumking series, but their 2Xmas Christmas Ale is a great selection as well. The holiday favorite flavors are in place, with the addition of figs, orange peel, and cardamom. This 8% ABV beer makes the odd holiday dish from the song obsolete.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Framed for a hit and run on Grandma, this reindeer is looking for revenge. This season brew boasts notes of grapefruit, banana, and spices. This brewery/restaurant has locations scattered all over Pennsylvania, and if you have to visit family in New Jersey you’re in luck too. What sets this 9% Belgian Triple apart is some refreshing hop bitterness. After a few, you may end up with a Rudolph red nose as well, but with 60 IBU’s this beer will go well with a rich Christmas meal.
Free Will Brewing
Christmas cookies will dominate a kitchen with their smell while baking, and a dessert table with their variety. This beer from Free Will Brewing will do the same to your palate. Think a classic ginger snap cookie, but at 12.5% ABV. An Imperial Brown Ale that has plenty of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, brown sugar, and vanilla. It also has milk sugar, just in case you decide to leave this out as a milk and cookies substitute. They also have a tap room in holiday date spot Peddler’s Village.
Holiday Reserve Coffee Stout
Much like your battle for the best lights on the block with your neighbor, Wawa and Sheetz are locked in a battle for the best convenience store. When it comes to Christmas beer collaborations, Wawa has the edge. 2SP joins up with the goose for different coffee stout collaborations but this one is special. They’ve lent their traditional holiday blend (that already has cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove) to a 2SP oatmeal stout, with even more of the holiday good stuff. This beer comes in at 6% ABV and will also have bourbon barrel and rum barrel reserve versions of the beer available.
Drinking isn’t needed in order to have a holly jolly Christmas, but the best time of the year has helped produce some of the best beers of the year, and you won’t want to miss out on any of these selections.
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