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.
Holly Jolly Jorts
Good tidings! This spiced golden ale by Eureka Heights is back this year and available in cans for the first time ever. Brewed with Madagascar vanilla, cinnamon and lactose, Holly Jolly Jorts is like a boozy snickerdoodle in a can. And, according to the brewers, it’s guaranteed to get you caroling. Find it around Houston in stores, select bars and at the brewery.
Oh, Christmas Ale, oh, Christmas Ale, ... Saint Arnold’s hearty Christmas Ale is a Houston holiday beer classic. Already on store shelves and at St. Arnold’s, this copper ale by Houston’s first craft brewery is made with five types of malts, resulting in bold flavors and high alcohol content that will warm you right up.
Houston’s winters may be mild but that doesn’t mean we don’t look forward to winter beers. SpindleTap Brewery has a new winter seasonal coming our way. Set to be released in December, Frost Bite is a cryo hopped IPA that you’ll want to cuddle up with.
Merry Buffing X-Mas
Hops lovers will enjoy this citrusy, piney IPA by Buffalo Bayou Brewing. Aged with spruce tips, this smooth brew smells like Christmas tree. If you’re looking for something heartier, try Buff Brew’s Gingerbread Stout, a creamy, smooth beer brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. Both beers are available on tap.
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
Karbach’s 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. A good option for those who don’t want a heavy beer, its caramel and citrus notes make it a smooth and enjoyable drink. And while we realize the can isn’t as important as what’s inside it, we always look forward to seeing this beer’s “A Christmas Story”-inspired cans hit the shelves.
Winter Warmer is a seasonal release from the Conroe-based makers of Bombshell Blonde. Toffee, caramel and raisin notes make this malty winter ale a good companion on a chilly day – as chilly a day as Houston may get. Give it a try at the tap room or pick it up at stores to enjoy it at home. Southern Star Brewing Company is also releasing a new seasonal Drunken Comrades Russian Imperial Stout. Available in a two-can box ($2) – one of beer aged in Buffalo Trace barrels and the other aged in rum barrels – would make a great holiday gift and will be available on Black Friday.
Make it a Staycation!
Houston’s hotels have some amazing deals going on. Plan a brewery crawl and end the night with a restful stay at one of the city’s hotels.