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Our Holiday Beer Picks

We can’t think of anything else we want for Christmas this year other than some special holiday craft beer.  Ok maybe an Absinthe fountain, Tieks ballet flats, and trip to Belgium - but in the absence of those things (although if Santa’s feeling flush...) we are perfectly happy to sit by the fire and sup one of our favorite creations from some of the best breweries in the world.  These are beers brewed with visions of plums and figs, nutmeg and dried cherries, bourbon barrels and piney hops - everything you need to pair with your fireside evenings, holiday parties and rich winter dishes.  

And if you’re a collector of craft beer, be sure to buy two bottles, one for this year and one to age for next year or years to come.  It’s great to have a vertical tasting of a winter warmer, or to give a fellow beer lover an aged version of one of their favorite holiday ales.  

We’ve stocked up our store in downtown LA, 8th Street Bottle Shop with some holiday treats highly sought after in the craft beer world. Put a couple on your shopping list and bestow a few on your foodie friends.  That is, if you can bear to part with them....

The Beer Chicks Holiday Beer Picks
available at the 8th Street Bottle Shop

4 Calling Birds
The Bruery, Placentia, California.
The fourth beer in The Bruery’s special ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ series, this beer integrates gingerbread spices into a robust Belgian-style strong dark ale. Notes of licorice & banana bread linger with dark fruit, molasses and bitter chocolate. 11%
Old JubilationAvery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado.
This winter strong ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. 8.3%
Hibernation Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, Colorado.
A highly sought after winter beer, this cellared strong ale is revered for its malty richness, complex hop profile and hearty warming abilities.
Only available for six weeks each year! 8.1%
Santa’s Little Helper (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) – Port Brewing Company, San Marcos, California.
This Russian Imperial Stout has a silky black body with hints of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and ash. Oh, and this beer has been aging for the last nine months in bourbon barrels. Someone’s been naughty this year! 10.5%

Gift of the Magi The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, California.
This massive Golden Ale is fit for a king, brewed with Frankincense and Myrrh for a spicy finish & balance to full-bodied honey sweetness 9.5%

Yulesmith Holiday AleAlesmith Brewing Company, San Diego, California.
This winter seasonal is brewed as an Imperial Red Ale which is maltier, more balanced and darker than your average red ale. Fruity citrus, piney hops balanced by a caramel finish. 9.5%

Scaldis NoelBrasserie Dubuisson Freres, Belgium.
This once a year holiday seasonal from Belgium shows a burnished ruby-copper color and a spicy aroma with notes of caramel and marzipan and peach. The taste is round, with hints of anise leading to a long warming finish. 12.5%

DeuS Brut des Flandres
- Brouwerij Bosteels, Buggenhout, Belgium.
The real Champagne of beers - no, seriously. This beer is brewed in Belgium and shipped to Champagne, France where it undergoes the
Methode De Champanoise. A truly special beer - uber complex with herbaceous notes and fantastic bubbles. 11.5%

Scaldis PrestigeBrasserie Dubuisson Freres, Belgium.
Rated a 100 by, this intensely complex, balanced beer is triple fermented, the final time in French oak for a minimum of six
months. Each rare batch differs, this one having deep caramel malt notes blending perfectly with vanilla and oaky tannins. 13%

8th Street Bottle Shop
417 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(Inside The Golden Gopher Bar)

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