Tis the season to be jolly – with a richly spiced brew in hand. Many of Houston’s breweries get into the holiday spirit by churning out some seriously cool seasonal beers, featuring holiday inspired notes of gingerbread, chocolate, cinnamon, and citrus. Ready to try some? Read on to find out where to find Houston’s tastiest seasonal beers.
Buff Brew’s Gingerbread Stout will bring you memories of freshly baked gingerbread cookies. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger, the result is a creamy sweet and spiced beer. Enjoy it at the brewery’s brand new location near Sawyer Yards or pick up some to enjoy at home. Also try: Feliz Navidad, a stout that will warm you up with its combination of ginger notes and mild ancho chilies.
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
From its cool can featuring the leg lamp in “A Christmas Story” to its smooth caramel and citrus notes, Karbach’s seasonal beer is a popular holiday choice around Houston. The seasonal red ale is a lighter alternative to the richer winter beers available around the holidays – and it’s sure to light up the party.
Oh, Christmas Ale, oh, Christmas Ale … Saint Arnold’s hearty Christmas Ale is perfect for the holidays. Made with five types of malted barley, this full-flavored old ale has a mild sweetness and spice. Available on tap at the brewery and at local stores through December.
Holly Jolly Jorts
Get ready because this Eureka Heights Golden Ale is “guaranteed to get you caroling.” Brewed with Madagascar vanilla, cinnamon and lactose, Holly Jolly Jorts is like a snickerdoodle in a glass. This seasonal special is only available through Dec. 13 on tap, so hurry and get a taste. As an alternative, try Moo Caliente, a milk stout with a kick thanks to its cayenne and cinnamon notes. Moo Caliente is available in cans and on tap starting Dec. 9.
Elda M Milk Stout
This time of year is marked by the return of No Label’s Elda M Milk Stout, a creamy and sweet stout named after the boat that one of No Label’s owners grew up on. Notes of toasted chocolate and coffee will make you feel warm this winter.
11 Below Brewing
If you like rich, intense flavors, 11 Below Brewing’s Negative Space is the perfect winter beer. Aged on cacao nibs, cinnamon and ancho chiles, this milk stout is a decadent addition to your holiday beer list. Available in cans and on tap into January. Also try Java Space, a caffeinated version of Negative Space made by 11 Below in partnership with Java Pura Coffee Roasters. Available starting Nov. 30.