The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about finding the perfect beer for your Christmas party (or simply a night next to the fireplace), so we did the work for you. After a blind tasting of 25 well-regarded winter warmers and Christmas ales, we've compiled a list of our favorites.
'Great Lakes' on Serious Eats
Great Lakes Christmas Ale smells spicy and packs a gingery punch, but isn't sweet or syrupy, and has enough crispness and piney-hop bitterness to remain refreshing. It's like a more sophisticated version of Old Fezziwig, with more subtle spicing and a grainier body.