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6 Local Beers We Want For Christmas

Have a hoppy holiday with these brews.

By Laura Furr Mericas December 4, 2017 Published in the December 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Featuring flavors like cinnamon, chocolate, and bread pudding, these hearty Houston beers in our perfect seasonal six-pack are sure to get you in the spirit.

Christmas Ale

St. Arnold Brewery, Draft, Cans and Bombers, Spiced Ale (ABV 7.5%)

Good ole’ Arnie is mixing it up with two decadent versions of its beloved copper ale: The Christmas Ale Cut in Bread Pudding, complete with cinnamon and vanilla bean, and the Bishop Barrel No. 19, aged in chardonnay barrels with sour cherries. 

Merry Buffing Xmas

Buffalo Bayou Brewery, Draft, IPA (ABV 7.6%)

Hop-heads will love this citrus-nosed IPA infused with pine and aged with spruce tips reminiscent of that amazing Christmas tree smell.

Winter Warmer

Southern Star Brewery, Draft and Cans, Spiced Ale (ABV 7%)

This rich ale blends a panoply of holiday flavors into one bodied brew, with a sweet-and-spicy toffee nose and an earthy-hop finish. 

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St. Arnold Brewery, Draft and Bottles, Stout (ABV 5.4%)

For an extra-indulgent holiday libation, grab the brewery's chocolate milk stout, made this year with chocolate supplied by renowned chef Hugo Ortega. But do it quick! This is a one-time release.

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Cinnamon Toast Alt

8th Wonder Brewery, Draft, Altbier (ABV 5.2%)

After passing the test as a one-off cask last year, the brewery will release this tasty twist on its year-round Alternate Universe, brewed with maple syrup, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean. 

Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

Karbach, Draft and Cans, Spieced Ale (ABV 8%)

This holiday brew is a coveted Christmas gift in many Houstonian homes. Released in limited quantities each year, the specialty malt—loaded with cocoa, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel—is worthy of a major award

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