Making a beer list

Brewing a unique beer for Christmas is a tradition that dates back to medieval times, when most European brewers were monks who saved their finest ingredients for a special brew to honor the birth of Christ. Anchor Brewing Co. revived this tradition in the United States and now there are hundreds of interesting holiday beers available.

This is our working list of holiday season beers to look for. We’ll be adding to it and adding tasting notes as beers become available. Feel free to write us if we’ve left off one of your favorites.

Boxed sets
Michelob Specialty Sampler Collection
Pete’s Wicked Sampler
Sam Adams Winter Sampler
Samuel Smith’s Selection Box
Saranac 12 Beers

Brewed in North America
Abita Christmas Ale - Louisiana
Alaskan Winter Ale - Alaska
Anchor “Our Special Ale” - California
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice - California
Anheuser-Busch's Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale - Missouri
August Schell Snowstorm - Minnesota
Avery Brewing Old Jubilation Ale - Colorado
Berghoff-Hazelnut Winter - Wisconsin
Berkshire Brewing Cabin Fever Ale - Massachusetts
Bert Grant’s Deep Powder Ale - Washington
Blue Ridge Snowball’s Chance Winter Ale - Maryland
Boulder Never Summer Ale - Colorado
Boulevard Nutcracker Ale - Missouri
Breckenridge Christmas Ale - Colorado
BridgePort Ebenezer Ale - Oregon
Bristol Brewing No. 23 Barleywine - Colorado
Bristol Brewing Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout - Colorado


Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - New York
Butte Creek Cranberry Christmas Ale - California
Butte Creek Winter Ale - California
Capital Winter Skol - Wisconsin
Cascade Lakes Santa’s Little Helper - Oregon
Concord Brewing Northwoods Ale - Massachusetts
Coors Winterfest - Colorado
Crooked River Yuletide Ale - Ohio
Deschutes Jubelale - Oregon
Dogwood Winter Ale - Georgia
Dominion Winter Brew - Virginia
Fish Brewing Winterfish - Washington
Flying Dog K-9 Kruiser
Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve - New Jersey
Full Sail Wassail - Oregon
Geary’s Hampshire Ale - Maine
Golden Valley Brewery Tannen Bomb - Oregon
Goose Island Christmas Ale - Chicago
Great Divide Hibernation Ale - Colorado
Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Ohio
Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale - Maine
Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws - Oregon
Hales Ales Wee Heavy Winter Ale - Washington
Harpoon Winter Warmer - Massachusetts
(Cave Aged) Hennepin - New York
He’Brew Miraculous Jewbelation - California
Highland Brewing Cold Mountain Winter Ale - North Carolina
Hoppy Claus Holiday Ale _ California
Humboldt Winter Nectar - California
Ipswich Winter Ale - Masschusetts
Kemper Winter Brau - Washington
Lagunitas Solstice Lagunator - California
Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice - Wisconsin
Lakefront Holiday Spice Lager - Wisconsin
Leavenworth Snowblind Winter Warmer - Washington
Long Trail Hibernator - Vermont
Lost Abbey Gift of the Maji
Lost Coast Winterbrau Holiday Ale - California
McMenamins Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown
MacTarnahan’s Mac Frost Winter Ale - Oregon
Magic Hat Feast of Fools - Vermont
Marin Brewing Hoppy Holidaze Ale - California
Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger Winter Ale - Washington
Mendocino Imperial IPA - California
Moylan’s White Christmas - California
New Belgium 2³ Below - Colorado
New Belgium Frambozen - Colorado
Odell Brewing Isolation Ale - Colorado
Otter Creek Double Decker Olde English Holiday Ale - Vermont
Pelican Pub & Brewing Stormwatcher's Winterfest - Oregon
Paper City Winter Lager - Massachusetts
Penn Brewing St. Nicholas Bock Beer - Pennsylvania
Pete’s Winter Brew - Texas
Pyramid Snow Cap - Washington
Redhook Winterhook - Washington
Rock Art Cream Bock - Vermont
Rockies Brewing Igloo - Colorado
Rogue-Santa’s Private Reserve - Oregon
Rogue-Juniper Pale Ale - Oregon
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale - Texas
Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Texas
Samual Adams Holiday Porter - Massachusetts
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig - Massachusetts
Samuel Adams Winter Lager - Massachusetts
Saxer Jack Frost - Oregon
Schell Snowstorm - Minnesota
Schlafly Winter ESB - Missori
Shiner Winter Ale - Texas
Shipyard-Longfellow’s Winter Ale - Maine
Shipyard - Prelude
Shipyard-Winter Ale - Maine
Sierra Nevada Celebration - California
Silver City Winterbock - Washington
Sprecher Winter Brew - Wisconsin
Stoudt’s Holiday Reserve - Pennsylvania
Summit Winter Ale - Minnesota
Sweetwater Festive Ale - Georgia
Tabernash-Left Hand XXXmas Ale - Colorado
Three Floyds Alpha Klas - Indiana
Troegs Mad Elf - Pennsylvania
Troegs Oatmeal Stout - Pennsylvania
Twisted Pine Imperial Porter - Colorado
Wasatch Christmas Ale - Utah
Weeping Radish Christmas Double Bock - North Carolina
Widmer Winternacht - Oregon
Weyerbacher Winter Ale - Pennsylvania
Wild Goose Snow Goose - Maryland
Wisconsin Brewing Cranberry Ale - Wisconsin
Woodstock Ichabod Crane Holiday Beer - New York

Imported into North America
Aas Jubel - Norway
Blaugies -La Moneuse Special Winter - Belgium
Camerons Christmas Ale - England
Orkney Brewery Clootie Dumpling - UK
Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Belgium
Delerium Noel - Belgium
De Dolle Winter Nacht - Belgium
De Ranke Pere Noel - Belgium
Fantome de Noel - Belgium
Fantome Hiver - Belgium
Fuller’s Old Winter Ale - England
Fuller’s Vintage Ale - England
Gale’s Christmas Ale - England
Gouden Carolus Christmas - Belgium
Harvey’s Christmas Ale - England
Jenlain Biere de Noël - France
Kerkom Winterkoninkske - Belgium
La Choulette Noël - France
Mahr’s Christmas Bock - Germany
Petrus Winter Beer - Belgium
Ridgeway Santa’s Butt Holiday Porter - England
Ridgeway Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale - England
Ridgeway Very Bad Elf - England
Ridgeway Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout - England
Ridgeway Seriously Bad Elf - England
Rudolph’s Revenge - England
St. Peter’s Winter - England
Samichlaus - Austria
Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome - England
Scaldis Noel - Belgium
St. Feullien Christmas Beer - Belgium
Wintertraum - Germany
Young’s Winter Warmer - England