For the 106th edition of the beer blogging jamboree that is ‘The Session’ Jay Brooks has asked us to consider ‘holiday beers’:
Holiday beers are by design no one style, but are a chance for individual breweries to let their talent and imagination run wild. At the holidays, when people stop their busy lives and share some precious time with family and friends, the beer they choose should be equally as special as the time they’re sharing. So a holiday beer should be made to impress, to wow its audience, to stand out. That’s the only criteria that should be met by one of these beers. Will it impress?
We thought this would be an easy topic until we started bashing around ideas for a post over dinner. It turns out that we’ve probably already said everything we’ve got to say about Christmas beer:
- We’ve looked at the history (2014)
- We’ve sung the praises of Harvey’s Christmas Beer — ‘Christmas in a bottle’ (2012)
- We’ve argued that the ideal Christmas beer is the one you enjoy with your family (2011)
- We’ve suggested that Christmas Beers aren’t necessarily the best beers for Christmas (2009)
- And, in our early days, we even had a go at food and beer matching (2007)
But, looking back over these old posts, and rummaging through the stash looking for something vaguely Christmassy about which we hadn’t already written, our grumbles did coalesce into an observation:
In an age when strong beers — really strong beers — are available all year round, and when Halloween beers have dibs on wintry spices, does Christmas beer even exist any more? Wizzard got their wish: for beer drinkers, it can be Christmas every day.
But we’re out and about today and will make sincere efforts to drink something Christmassy, even if it’s just a ‘winter warmer’ with a blinking LED on the pump clip.
— Batemans Brewery (@batemansbrewery) December 1, 2015