The World’s 50 Best Christmas Beers

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

  1. Mad Elf Ale; Troegs Brewing, Pennsylvania
  2. Avec les Bons Voeux; La Brasserie Dupont, Belgium
  3. Samichlaus Bier; Schloss Eggenberg, Austria
  4. Stille Nacht; Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers, Belgium
  5. Our Special Ale; Anchor Brewing, California
  6. Celebration Ale; Sierra Nevada Brewing, California
  7. Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale; The Old Brewery at Tadcaster, England
  8. Winter Solstice; Anderson Valley Brewing, California
  9. Old Jubilation; Avery Brewing, Colorado
  10. Ringnes Julebokk; Ringnes Bryggeri, Norway
  11. Delirium Noel; Brouwerij Huyghe, Belgium
  12. Baladin Noel; Birrificio Le Baladin, Italy
  13. Gouden Carolus Noel; Brouwerij Het Anker, Belgium
  14. La Binchoise Reserve Speciale; Brasserie La Binchoise, Belgium
  15. Corsendonk Christmas Ale; Brouwerij Corsedonk, Belgium
  16. Mahr’s Christmas Bock; Brauerei Mahr, Germany
  17. Affligem Noel; Brouwerij Affligem, Belgium
  18. Hibernation Ale; Great Divide Brewing, Colorado
  19. Santa’s Private Reserve Ale; Rogue Ales Brewery, Oregon
  20. Smuttynose Winter Ale; Smuttynose Brewing, New Hampshire
  21. Alpha Klaus; Three Floyds Brewing, Indiana
  22. Winter-Traum; Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg, Germany
  23. Scaldis Noel; Brasserie Dubuisson Freres, Belgium
  24. Winter White Ale; Bell’s Brewery, Michigan
  25. 2° Below Ale; New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
  26. La Dragonne; BFM Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes, Switzerland
  27. Ebenezer Ale; BridgePort Brewing, Oregon
  28. La Choulette de Noel; Brasserie la Choulette, France
  29. St. Nikolaus Bock Bier; Pennsylvania Brewing, Pennsylvania
  30. St. Feuillien Cuvee de Noel; Brasserie St. Feuillien, Belgium
  31. Jenlain Noel; Brasserie Duyck, France
  32. Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale; Kiuchi Brewery, Japan
  33. Doggie Claws; Hair of the Dog Brewing, Oregon
  34. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale; Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Belgium
  35. Heavy Seas Winter Storm; Clipper City Brewery, Maryland
  36. Goose Island Christmas Ale; Goose Island Beer, Illinois
  37. Petrus Winterbeer; Brouwerij Bavik, Belgium
  38. Longfellow Winter Ale; Shipyard Brewing, Maine
  39. Kerst Pater; Brouwerij Van den Bossche, Belgium
  40. Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig; Boston Beer, Massachusetts
  41. Alaskan Winter Ale; Alaskan Brewing, Alaska
  42. Geary’s Winter Ale; D.L. Geary Brewing, Maine
  43. Snow Goose Winter Ale; Wild Goose Brewery, Maryland
  44. Pere Noel; Brouwerij De Ranke, Belgium
  45. Old Man Winter Ale; Southern Tier Brewing, New York
  46. ‘t Smisje Kerst; Brouwerij De Regenboog, Belgium
  47. Young’s Winter Warmer; Wells & Young’s Brewing, England
  48. Snow Cap; Pyramid Breweries, Washington
  49. Nutcracker Ale; Boulevard Brewing, Missouri
  50. Monchshof Weihnachtsbier; Kulmbacher Brauerei, Germany

Excerpted from Don Russell’s new book, Christmas Beer. Pick up a copy for the beer lover on your shopping list at Amazon or buy one directly from the author.

36 Responses to The World’s 50 Best Christmas Beers

  1. Joe Sixpack December 24, 2008 at 6:36 am #

    Jay -
    Thanks very much for posting this and for all the excerpts you published. Just two things about the top 50 list:

    -It’s a personal list and of course there are those who will disagree. That’s the nature of picking faves – everyone has his own. (Although I have yet to meet anyone whose No. 1 is Michelob Celebrate.)
    -If your favorite isn’t in the top 50, don’t despair. The book has details on about 100 other Christmas beers that didn’t make the cut. And, remarkably, there are at least a dozen new ones that just showed up on shelves this year. A second edition perhaps?

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