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What Is a Considered a “Holiday Beer”?

Holiday beer

The holidays are here – time for yuletide beer! But what exactly defines a beer as a Christmas brew?

As it turns out, there is quite a lot of leeway when it comes to categorizing brewed holiday concoctions – which explains why everything from a German Weihnachtsbie to a Californian IPA can bear the holiday moniker. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t guidelines, traditions, and best practices to holiday brewing.

Typical characteristics of a holiday beer

When you’re talking about a beverage that has its roots in Viking winter solstice festivals and offerings to the gods, it’s sure to have some strong, distinctive characteristics – and that is indeed the case among most holiday brews.

Typical holiday beers tend to:

  • Be full bodied
  • Come with rich malt bases
  • Contain more alcohol
  • Be dark and flavorful

Some of the more popular holiday styles of beer include stouts, porters, richer brown ales, and Belgian-style dark strong ales. Spicing is also common in holiday brews, with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, orange peel, star anise, and others often making an appearance.

Ensuring the perfect holiday pour

Winter holidays and beer drinking have gone together for more than a millennia, so it’s a great idea (and great business) to continue that tradition at your bar, pub, or restaurant this year. Just be sure your beer lines are up to the task, and that you have enough bulk CO2 and mixed gas on hand to get perfect pours every time on your ales, stouts and more!

Serve up perfect holiday brews at your pub, bar, or restaurant this winter with expert beer line cleaning service, beer line installations and maintenance, and bulk CO2 deliveries in Rochester and Buffalo from Irish Carbonic. Don’t risk a skunky holiday pour – contact us today to learn more!

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