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Beers to Leave for Santa on Christmas Eve

Christmas and beer go hand in hand, but what about the mythical figure that makes the season truly special? I’m speaking of Santa Claus (or jolly old St. Nicholas or Kris Kringle, etc.), who holds the unenviable task of delivering presents to all the children on his list. Though he has a tough job, perhaps one thing could make his night better: Fine craft beer. Read on to explore this list of beers to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve night.

“Christmas time is here; happiness and beer; drinks for all and adults call their favorite time of year.”

While those might not be the exact lyrics from that beautiful piece of music from Vince Guaraldi in A Charlie Brown Christmas, the message works well for beer connoisseurs when the holidays roll around, as there’s something exquisitely special about beers at Christmastime.





With that in mind, there is one person that perhaps a deserves a beer more than anyone else around the holidays. You know, the guy known for his booming laugh, rosy cheeks and rotund figure with a penchant for magical abilities?

No, I’m not talking about Wilford Brimley in Cocoon, but rather Santa Claus, the man responsible for delivering gifts to children on Christmas Eve.

Certainly, all that delivering is a tall task, so Santa is often welcomed into homes by leaving cookies out at night so that the portly, hirsute, bespectacled gentleman will have nourishment as he rappels down chimney chutes with reckless abandon.

Sometimes, though, the winsome and chipper bloke might prefer to be left something that will truly keep that rosiness in his cheeks for the rest of the night.

That’s right: Maybe Santa Claus would prefer to be left some delectable beers by Christmas trees as he does his nightly rounds.

With that in mind, read on to explore a few beers that would surely bring a smile to old Sinterklaas’s lips as he sipped a hearty brew before moving onto the next house (where he would hopefully find another nice tipple).

Santa’s Little Helper
Port Brewing Co.

This Imperial Stout features candi sugar and oaky notes with a finish of espresso. Sharing a name with the dog in The Simpsons, who was famously rescued around Christmastime, this offering from Port Brewing Co. shows Mr. Claus imbibing a foamy brew with an elf as well a reindeer, perhaps portending what Santa will get into with his helpers once his busiest day of the year is completed.

Though this piece is not about the logistics of Santa’s task, it is truly astonishing that Santa is able to visit all the children around the world (who landed themselves on the “nice” list) in such a short period of time, but I suppose that’s what a magical chap like Sinterklaas can do. It also helps that his sleigh is piloted by ace pilot, Rudolph.

Breckenridge Brewery

This barrel-aged beauty is sure to put some curl in Santa’s already notably full beard, especially considering it’s a whiskey barrel-aged version of Breckenridge Brewery’s popular Christmas Ale.

If you really wanted to give back to the legendary Kris Kringle, perhaps you could leave both the original Christmas Ale and Holidale to serve as a sort of double feature. Surely, Santa could imbibe one as he left presents with you and then end the night with the second one as his duties are winding down.

Samuel Adams Utopias
The Boston Beer Co.

A wondrous holiday deserves a wondrous beer, and there is perhaps no more special and spectacular brew than Samuel Adams Utopias by The Boston Beer Co. This hearty and astonishing creation is so rare that a bottle of this might be a bit too much to leave for somebody as a gift. As such, a simple shot glass’s worth of this liquid gold would be plenty.

Aged in myriad barrels and ballooning to 28 percent ABV in its more recent versions, this brew would surely give Saint Nick a jolt as he moved on from your house to the next.

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DrGMG's picture
Nice list.
Editorial Dept.'s picture
Thanks DrGMG! Can't wait to enjoy some of these hearty Christmas ales during the holidays.


DrGMG's picture
Nice list.
Editorial Dept.'s picture
Thanks DrGMG! Can't wait to enjoy some of these hearty Christmas ales during the holidays.


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