If you ask us, it’s the most wonderful time of the beer year, with brewers bestowing gifts of rich imperial stouts, piney IPAs, and homey farmhouse ales upon us. For those of you behind on your shopping, or those just bracing for extended time with in-laws, bring this list of very nice beers with you to the liquor store and have your gift giving covered in a flash.
Stone Brewing Xocoveza
This mocha stout has a cult following—so much so that what was supposed to be a one-time offering has become a yearly tradition thanks to lots of fans demanding it on Twitter. Xocoveza is the beer equivalent of Mexican hot chocolate: a well-constructed stout with the addition of cocoa, coffee, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The final additions of a few pasilla peppers gives the beer a kick of heat that goes straight to the back of your throat.
Samuel Adams White Christmas
(Courtesy Samuel Adams)
In the event you need a respite from stouts caloric enough to count