Beer Recipes

13 Beers to Start Brewing Now for the Holidays

September 8, 2016
Brewing Holiday Beer

The holidays may feel far off at the moment, but when it comes to beer brewing, it’s never too early to start. Many spicy, heavy, winter beers do best with a long conditioning time.

This list has a little bit of everything to accommodate the preferences of those with whom you choose to spend the winter holidays. Whether your group is all about hops, malt, fruit notes, spices, warming alcohol, or great mouthfeel – there’s something here to brew. That’s not to say we don’t have even more great offerings on our recipes page. These are just a couple beers with winning flavor, and a brew time you can manage if you plan to start enjoying your beer at the end of the year.

Stay in the know about when to start brewing your favorite holiday beers.

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Pleasantly Hoppy


Naughty Cream Ale

American Cream Ale
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 6-8 weeks conditioning = 12 to 14 weeks

  • light, fluffy ale
  • slightly sweet and malty flavor
  • creamy body
  • clean finish
  • Hallertau hops

La Via Boheme

Czech Pale Lager
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 1-3 months conditioning  = 2.5 to 4.5 months

  • bright, crisp notes
  • rich, clean, pale malt
  • Lager yeast
  • soft, round finish
  • Saaz hops

Dark & Mysterious


Baby Got Bock

Dunkles Bock
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 2-4 months conditioning = 3.5 to 5.5 months

  • slightly hoppy bitterness
  • rich, caramel sweetness
  • malt forward
  • clean finish

German Doppelbock

Doppelbock
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 2-4 months conditioning = 3.5 to 5.5 months

  • sweet, rich, dark
  • toffee & baked bread notes
  • hearty & malty
  • creamy & smooth
  • crisp finish

Heavy McWee

Scottish Heavy Ale
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 2-3 months conditioning = 3.5 to 4.5 months

  • Scottish version of a Barley Wine
  • sweet malt & caramel flavors
  • stone fruit impressions
  • intense warming alcohol
  • full body

Smooth & Malty


Sticky Wicket Oatmeal Stout

British Oatmeal Stout
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 6-8 weeks conditioning = 12 to 14 weeks

  • pale, caramel, chocolate, roast malts
  • malted oats
  • moderately bitter
  • creamy & satisfying
  • roasted flavor of English stout
  • dense, rich head from oats

Nilla Porter

American Porter
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 2-3 months conditioning = 3.5 to 4.5 months

  • coffee, toffee, vanilla, & chocolate undertones
  • creamy mouthfeel
  • balanced beer
  • light brown head from carbonation

Cole Porter

American Porter
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 2-3 months conditioning = 3.5 to 4.5 months

  • rich malt bass line of chocolate
  • roasted Porter harmonizes with Classic American
  • dash of Palisade hops

Shillelagh Stout

American Stout
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 2-4 months conditioning = 3.5 to 5.5 months

  • rich taste
  • smooth, pronounced malt profile
  • clean, bitter finish

Fruit & Spice


Rhapsody on Blue

Fruit Beer
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 2-3 months conditioning = 3.5 to 4.5 months

  • wheatier version of our blueberry wheat
  • Czech Pilsner malt
  • nice, fruit melody from blueberry

Barley’s Chocolate Orange Stout

Fruit Beer
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 2-4 weeks conditioning = 8 to 10 weeks

  • rich, dark chocolate
  • sweet tang of orange
  • creamy
  • coffee aromas
  • balanced bitterness and dry finish

Apple Brown Beery

Fruit Beer
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 1-3 months conditioning = 2.5 to 4.5 months

  • drinkable take on Apple Brown Betty cobbler
  • hints of cinnamon and brown sugar
  • high ABV
  • malty backbone from Oktoberfest Lager
  • tart, apple flavor and crisp finish from Cider

Boysenberry Cider

Hard Cider
Time to Brew: 3 weeks fermentation, 3 weeks carbonation, 2-4 months conditioning = 3.5 to 5.5 months

  • tart, yet sweet
  • apple & brown sugar notes
  • complex, boysenberry flavors

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