You input the number of guests and then how much each will be drinking on a sliding scale from tipsy to hammered. Then you press the “Kegulate” button and it calculates how many cases of beer you should pick up, along with how much ice and the number of cups you’re likely to need. Genius.
One chapter of Don Russell’s book, Christmas Beer, is devoted to his bold choices for the world’s fifty best Christmas beers. With his permission, we’ve reprinted the list below. See if you agree with Don’s picks.
- Mad Elf Ale; Troegs Brewing, Pennsylvania
- Avec les Bons Voeux; La Brasserie Dupont, Belgium
- Samichlaus Bier; Schloss Eggenberg, Austria
- Stille Nacht; Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers, Belgium
- Our Special Ale; Anchor Brewing, California
- Celebration Ale; Sierra Nevada Brewing, California
- Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale; The Old Brewery at Tadcaster, England
- Winter Solstice; Anderson Valley Brewing, California
- Old Jubilation; Avery Brewing, Colorado
- Ringnes Julebokk; Ringnes Bryggeri, Norway
- Delirium Noel; Brouwerij Huyghe, Belgium
- Baladin Noel; Birrificio Le Baladin, Italy
- Gouden Carolus Noel; Brouwerij Het Anker, Belgium
- La Binchoise Reserve Speciale; Brasserie La Binchoise, Belgium
- Corsendonk Christmas Ale; Brouwerij Corsedonk, Belgium
- Mahr’s Christmas Bock; Brauerei Mahr, Germany
- Affligem Noel; Brouwerij Affligem, Belgium
- Hibernation Ale; Great Divide Brewing, Colorado
- Santa’s Private Reserve Ale; Rogue Ales Brewery, Oregon
- Smuttynose Winter Ale; Smuttynose Brewing, New Hampshire
- Alpha Klaus; Three Floyds Brewing, Indiana
- Winter-Traum; Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg, Germany
- Scaldis Noel; Brasserie Dubuisson Freres, Belgium
- Winter White Ale; Bell’s Brewery, Michigan
- 2° Below Ale; New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
- La Dragonne; BFM Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes, Switzerland
- Ebenezer Ale; BridgePort Brewing, Oregon
- La Choulette de Noel; Brasserie la Choulette, France
- St. Nikolaus Bock Bier; Pennsylvania Brewing, Pennsylvania
- St. Feuillien Cuvee de Noel; Brasserie St. Feuillien, Belgium
- Jenlain Noel; Brasserie Duyck, France
- Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale; Kiuchi Brewery, Japan
- Doggie Claws; Hair of the Dog Brewing, Oregon
- St. Bernardus Christmas Ale; Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Belgium
- Heavy Seas Winter Storm; Clipper City Brewery, Maryland
- Goose Island Christmas Ale; Goose Island Beer, Illinois
- Petrus Winterbeer; Brouwerij Bavik, Belgium
- Longfellow Winter Ale; Shipyard Brewing, Maine
- Kerst Pater; Brouwerij Van den Bossche, Belgium
- Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig; Boston Beer, Massachusetts
- Alaskan Winter Ale; Alaskan Brewing, Alaska
- Geary’s Winter Ale; D.L. Geary Brewing, Maine
- Snow Goose Winter Ale; Wild Goose Brewery, Maryland
- Pere Noel; Brouwerij De Ranke, Belgium
- Old Man Winter Ale; Southern Tier Brewing, New York
- ‘t Smisje Kerst; Brouwerij De Regenboog, Belgium
- Young’s Winter Warmer; Wells & Young’s Brewing, England
- Snow Cap; Pyramid Breweries, Washington
- Nutcracker Ale; Boulevard Brewing, Missouri
- Monchshof Weihnachtsbier; Kulmbacher Brauerei, Germany
Not reading Japanese means I can’t give the proper credit for this website that features a number of cool-looking Christmas beer labels from around the world. It’s just fun to see how other cultures portray the holidays on their beer labels. Enjoy!
This one is from the Ukraine.
And this gueuze is from Belgium.
In 2007 in Baolong Square in Fuzhou, the capital of southeast China’s Fujian Province, they erected a 30-foot high Christmas tree made with 4,000 beer bottles.
Most of the trees made with beer bottles use only one kind of bottle, giving it a certain symmetry. What makes this tree different is that the creator used a different bottle for each of the four layers.