‘Tis the season…
We enjoy watching the classic Christmas specials like Charlie Brown and Rudolph as well as movies such as Christmas Story and Elf. We brave the shopping malls to get that special gift for our special someone (we know Amazon exists, but we’re old school shoppers and want to battle the lines a la Jingle All The Way). We even don’t mind hearing Mariah Carey and Wham being looped endlessly on radio, at gas stations and in elevators via muzak. But what really gets us excited this time of year is the beer! From peppermint stouts and winter warmers to spruce tip IPAs and Grinch brews, there is plenty of tantalizing flavorful brews to which even Scrooge wouldn’t say Bah Humbug.
We always get beer under our tree for Christmas from Santa, but if the jolly-old elf isn’t making a stop a your house this year (maybe your’e on the naughty list), here are Holiday-themed beers from local Massachusetts breweries to ring in the season. And many breweries are hosting holiday festivities and ugly sweater parties too, so check our calendar of events page.
We will continue to update this list as we find more seasonal beers to suggest. If there are any beers that you think should be added to this list, please leave them in the comments. As always, please check the brewery websites and social media for beer availability and hours.
☃️ Amherst Brewing Christmas Morning Stout (Amherst, MA) – A stout made with coffee from Shelburne Coffee Roasters available in cans and on draft at each Hangar location (try it on nitro)
☃️ Angle Tree Brewing Winter Solstice (North Attleboro, MA) – A Saison with a hint of cranberry
☃️ Aquatic Brewing Yule Tidepool (Falmouth, MA) – A strong Belgian brown ale aged on Madagascar vanilla beans and whole cinnamon sticks
☃️ Barrel House Z Gingerbread Objects Of Confection (Weymouth, MA) – A gingerbread brown ale with notes of ginger, cinnamon, clove, allspice and vanilla
☃️ Barrington Brewery Yule Fuel (Great Barrington, MA) – A barley wine brewed with sweet orange peel, coriander and local maple syrup
☃️ Berkshire Brewing Holidale (South Deerfield, MA) – A strong ale, made with Cinnamon and Vanilla Beans
☃️ Cambridge Brewing Darkest Night (Cambridge, MA) – A classic Winter Warmer
☃️ Canned Heat Craft Beer Gingahbread (Fall River, MA) – A robust porter with gingerbread spices adding “festive aromas” of ginger, cinnamon and cardamom
☃️ Cape Cod Beer Keep the Change, Ya Filthy Ale-nimal (Hyannis, MA) – Their Beach Blonde ale with black tea and citrus peel
☃️ Cape Cod Beer Naughty & Spice Holiday Ale Belgian (Hyannis, MA) – Warming Belgian Tripel ale brewed with the seasonal spices of cinnamon & nutmeg
☃️ Clover Road Brewing Jingle Juice (Hudson, MA) – A West Coast IPA with cranberries and dates
☃️ Crue Brew Brewery Gingerbread Man (Raynham, MA) – A blend of their CB Porter and 21 Pumpkins that “tastes like you’re biting into your favorite holiday cookie”
☃️ Double Down Brewing Peppermint Bark (Worcester, MA) – Fresh peppermint is added to layers of rich, dark chocolate
☃️ Drunken Rabbit The Grinch Who Stole My Beer (South Hadley, MA) – A 7.5% ABV Milkshake IPA brewed with spruce tips, cinnamon, orange peel and “copious amounts of vanilla”
☃️ Fieldcrest Brewing Holiday Brown (Wilbraham, MA) – A 5/8% Brown ale with gingerbread and spice
☃️ Gentile Brewing Christmas Ale (Beverly, MA) – a Belgian Quad with dark candi syrup and aged in a cider barrel for four months available in 500ml bottles and on draft
☃️ Great Awakening Brewing Do You Beer What I Beer? (Westfield, MA) – “A holiday inspired” Imperial Stout conditioned on house roasted hazelnut, cinnamon, coffee, cocoa nibs and vanilla beans available on nitro
☃️ Greater Good Imperials Gingerbread Ale (Worcester, MA) – Biscuit and honey malts along with layers of molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla
☃️ Harpoon Winter Warmer (Boston, MA) – Celebrating its 35th year, this classic winter beer brewed since 1988 has cinnamon and nutmeg to compliment its rich malt backbone
☃️ Hopothecary Ales Santa’s Serum (North Reading, MA) – A traditional cream ale, enhanced with ingredients to “mimic a classic adult egg nog”
☃️ Hopothecary Ales Essence of Winter (North Reading, MA) – A spiced gingerbread stout
☃️ Kismet Brewing Press Figgy Pudding (Westfield, MA) – A fruited kettle sour with dark sweet figs and spices
☃️ Lookout Farm Brewing Winter Wonder (Natick, MA) – a Gingerbread hard cider
☃️ Lord Hobo Brewing Chocolate Mint Stout (Woburn, MA) – Available just in time for Christmas on 12/22, this American stout is chocolatey and minty!
☃️ Lost Shoe Brewing Miracle on 19 Weed Street (Marlborough, MA) A hazy india pale ale brewed with spruce tips Cans available as well as on draught in the Lost Forest
☃️ Lost Shoe Brewing Say Goodnight, Kevin (Marlboro, MA) – A 13.8% Imperial Stout brewed brewed with graham cracker, marshmallow, cocoa nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans and milk sugar (Contains Lactose)
☃️ Mill 77 Brewing Gingerbread Man (Amesbury, MA) – They add a dose of gingerbread spice and a touch of vanilla to their milk stout to create “a delectable holiday treat”
☃️ Naukabout Brewing Run, Run As Fast as You Can (Mashpee, MA) – A Gingerbread Stout brewed with “tons of gingerbread snaps”
☃️ Naukabout Brewing Grinch Juice – Green Jello NE IPA (Mashpee, MA) -Brewed with Galaxy hops & Green Jello this IPA “will make your holiday spirit grow three times larger!”
☃️ Night Shift Brewing Hoppy Holidays (Everett, MA) – A 6.8% IPA featuring sweet citrus, orange & grapefruit flavors. It’s one gift that won’t require you to keep the receipt Limited quantities available in Everett now & Lovejoy Wharf this coming week!
☃️ Oak & Iron Brewing Santa’s Little Helper (Andover, MA) – This winter warmer “packs the perfect amount of seasonal spices to warm your spirits this holiday season.”
☃️ Penny Pinchers Brewing Yard Sale Series #14 (Millbury, MA) – A Candy Cane White Stout made with “plenty of peppermint for the holidays!”
☃️ Penny Pinchers Yard Sale Series #31 (Millbury, MA) – A 6.5% Eggnog Stout
☃️ Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig (Boston, MA) – This seasonal favorite old ale is like a Christmas cookie with spices and biscuity notes – Available in the Sam Beers For Cheers Holiday Variety Pack along with Winter Lager and White Ale
☃️ Sam Adams Boston Taproom Sugar Plum Fairy (Boston, MA) – An exclusive to the Faneuil taproom, this smooth & full bodied, dark purple Belgian Quad has notes of plums and raisins
☃️ Shovel Town Brewery Winter Warmer (Easton, MA) – Spiced, Dark, Rich…
☃️ Sam Adams Boston Taproom Coco Rico (Boston, MA) – Another Boston taproom exclusive, this special innovation brew featuring coconut, cinnamon, and nutmeg celebrating inspired by the Puerto Rican beverage, Coquito, (Contains Coconut)
☃️ Sour Not Sorry Winter Knight (Plymouth, MA) – A 6.5% chocolate raspberry vanilla kettle-soured stout
☃️ Start Line Brewing Holiday Hop Load (Hopkinton, MA) – A 6% ABV hazy American IPA featuring El Dorado hops “lending unique pear and melon notes” Hoppy Holidays!
☃️ Stellwagen Beer Krisp Kringle (Marshfield, MA) – A cold crispy boi brewed for Jolly Ol’ St. Nick to drink when he’s done with his global sleigh ride
☃️ Sterling Street Brewery Gingerbread Snuggles (Clinton, MA) – A winter ale brewed with with actual gingerbread men in the mash and spiced with cinnamon and sugar
☃️ Tin Bridge Brewing Leg Lamp (Westfield, MA) – This “Major Award” is your go-to New England IPA for the holidays! Featuring Citra and Mosaic hops
☃️ Tree House Brewing Jolly Juice (Charlton, MA) – An American DIPA brewed by steeping dried Osmanthus flower in the wort during every phase of the process
☃️ Tree House Brewing JJJolly Juice (Charlton, MA) – is an “amplified rendition” of Jolly Juice utilizing extra kettle and dry hops
☃️ Tree House Brewing Jingle Juice (Charlton, MA) – An Imperial IPA brewed with Douglas fir tea, homemade mango simple syrup and hopped with Centennial, Simcoe, and Citra
☃️ Tree House Brewing JJJingle Juice (Charlton, MA) – This Triple J version of Jingle Juice contains “massive doses” of Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops
☃️ Tree House Brewing I’m Dreaming of a Hazy Christmas (Charlton, MA) – An American DIPA brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops, Chrysanthemum flowers, honey malt and wildflower honey
☃️ Tree House Brewing It’s the Most Wonderful Time For This Beer (Charlton, MA) – An American DIPA brewed with ginger, peach, and turmeric tea and “heaps of sweet orange peel!”
☃️ Tree House Brewing I’m Dreaming of a White Chocolate Christmas (Charlton, MA) – An imperial milk stout brewed with coffee and white chocolate
☃️ Tree House Brewing Hey Mr. Gingerbread Man (Charlton, MA) – A “holiday inspired” imperial milk stout brewed with coffee, chocolate, and gingerbread spice
☃️ True North Ales Winter Woods (Ipswich, MA) – An American IPA with Spruce Tips
☃️ Vanished Valley Brewing Joyous (Ludlow, MA) – This 2022 version of their holiday series is a 10.5% ABV Imperial Coffee Stout aged on North Hadley Sugar Shack maple syrup in Berkshire Mountain Distillers bourbon barrels. Limited amount of bottles are available in the taproom
☃️ Wormtown Brewery Bllzzard of ’78 (Worcester, MA) – A classic English-style Brown Ale with fresh roasted coffee beans added from Acoustic Java now available in 19.2 oz cans!!