Beer and Food
Celebration IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing releases Juicy Haze IPA in 2018 as an addition to the Voodoo Ranger lineup. The beer was a response to the growing popularity of unfiltered, hazy IPA’s. It pours pale orange with an opaque haze and bursts with tropical fruit notes from the delicious mix of Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Nugget hops. This one has an ABV of 7.0%.
2XMAS Ale by Southern Tier Brewing
Southern Tier Brewing have become known for their infamous “Pumking” Imperial Pumpkin Ale that rolls out each fall season but they also brew a variety of tantalizing seasonal treats. One that is perfect for the winter holidays is their 2XMAS ale which combines traditional brewing ingredients with figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root. It is a medium bodied ale with a festive ruby red hue.
Gingerbread Milk Stout by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
This one may be harder to find for most people (unless you live near Virginia) because they are not widely distributed. However, we still wanted to add them to our list because it is a great reminder to always check out your local breweries for your seasonal favorites. This Imperial Milk Stout is brewed with baby ginger from Casselmonte Farm and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms. It has a creamy mouthfeel with notes ranging from milk chocolate and vanilla, to honeycomb and cinnamon, to a snap of ginger in the finish.
Christmas Ale by Anchor Brewing
Each year, Anchor Brewing releases a new batch of their “Our Special Ale”, which is only sold from early October to mid-January. Its recipe and hand-drawn tree change every year which makes the bottles a fun collectible as well.
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We rounded up some beer inspired snacks and condiments that would make the perfect stocking stuffer this year!
Stone Brewing Mustard Box
This variety 3-pack of premium mustards is a perfect gift for any Stone Brewing fan. The pack contains (3) 8oz jars including Dijon Mustard, Ground Mustard with Chipotle Peppers and Whole Grain Mustard. We checked out the reviews on Amazon and people seem to really love it!
Sierra Nevada Mustard 3-Flavor Pack
Maybe you’re not a Stone Brewing fan, no problem….the Sierra Nevada variety pack of mustards has you covered. Each pack comes with a jar of Porter & Spicy Brown, Pale Ale & Honey Spice and Stout & Stone Ground Mustard.
Boardwalk Food Beer Pretzels
Pretzels have always been a goto snack for beer drinkers and Boardwalk Food’s decided to bring the two flavors together with their beer flavored pretzels!
IPA Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is a staple snack for beer lovers and this one has been infused with the hoppy flavors of an IPA. This one is definitely worth a try!
Beer-Infused Hot Sauce Variety 3-Pack
Spice up your favorite dishes with some beer infused hot sauce! This variety pack by Swag Brewery includes the flavors Asian Sriracha, Garlic Serrano and Roasty Chipotle.
If you are not drinking alcohol this season (or at all), we found a couple breweries that are making some delicious non-alcoholic craft beers that you should pick up. They are flavorful and provide a great beer-like experience without the alcohol.
Intentional IPA by Wellbeing Brewing
Wellbeing Brewing is a craft brewery in Missouri that is dedicated to creating exceptional non-alcoholic craft beer. They have a range of beers including a coffee milk stout, IPA, golden wheat ale and more. We tried their Intentional IPA and it was a great addition to our day hike.