Holiday Beer Guide: 5 Great California Crafts
|Drink Local for the Holidays|
Winter Warmer with Apple Cider 9.1% abv
The presence of cider in this local beer makes it stand out. Expect cinnamon balanced by apple sweetness. Plus, there's a fun kitsch value to the label and it will make a great accompaniment to the 24 hour Christmas Story marathon you're destined to watch.
Judgement Day: Mayan Apocalypse; Lost Abbey (San Marcos)
Quadrupel 10.5% abv
Not technically a holiday beer, we had to include this ode to the end of the world. A hot and spicy version of Judgment Day, if you open a bottle on Dec. 21, at least you'll go down fighting. Empty bottle will double as a zombie braining device. At least that's our plan.
Honorable mentions: don't forget a bottle of He'Brew to raise your esteem amongst kosher friends. Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing is the perfect choice for a quintessential winter warmer-- big, dark, and boozy, or a beer by the same name brewed by Mikkeller, which is the safest stocking stuffer for the beer-lover in your life.