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The 10 Best Fall and Winter Beers for 2016

The 10 Best Fall and Winter Beers for 2016

These beers will help you get through a long, cold winter

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As Ned Stark once said, “Winter is coming.”

Snow, bitter cold, slush puddles, and darkness at 4:30 p.m. But, hey, at least there’s beer!

The 10 Best Fall and Winter Beers for 2016 (Slideshow)

The colder weather also means that it’s time for America’s best craft breweries to release their fall and winter seasonals, and this year’s selection is pretty astounding. We found 10 seasonal beers that are definitely worth seeking out this winter and can help hold you over until springtime comes along again.

In order to track down these beers, we started by consulting beer enthusiasts and bartenders and asking them what they’ve been enjoying most this season; we then backed up our research by digging into reviews on sites such as RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Not only are these some of the most buzzed-about beers in America right now, they’re also unique and delicious, must-trys for any beer connoisseur.

Some of these beers are brand-new releases this year, some are beloved annual seasonals. Some are available nationally, some only locally. But even though they might need some seeking out, when the day is cold and cloudy, and snow is in the forecast, these tasty beers will be there to keep you warm.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


Ten of the best Christmas beers

R elegated to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy, beer tends to gets a bad rap at Christmas. Unfairly so, because seasonal beers can be so much more than cans of lager that accumulate dust at parties while everyone guzzles eggnog. Belgian breweries have been turning out unabashedly sweet, spicy winter ales for centuries, and now everyone else, from craft breweries to supermarkets, has followed suit.

While anything that tastes like the boozy run-off from Christmas pudding is welcome at my dinner table, the best festive beers should also have a sense of occasion about them. Or at least the potential for pantomime drama, whether that comes from tapping a mini-keg without it detonating, or attempting to mull a bottle of cherry beer (from experience these are activities best attempted before, not after, drinking an 11% stout).

Here are some of the best traditional – and not so traditional – Christmas beers to enjoy this year.

Greenwich ale, Santa’s Little Helper, Cuvée de Noel, Tsjeeses 2015 and plum pudding porter.


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