NPR had a solid little story on Christmas beers yesterday. Solid mostly because it featured Don "Joe Sixpack" Russel and his considerable knowledge on the subject. You can give it a read or listen here. And check out Joe Sixpack's top 10 Christmas beers, it's about as sound a list as you'll find:
10 Christmas Beers, From Soup To Nuts
Smuttynose Winter Ale (New Hampshire), a sweet dark beer with notes of cherry and chocolate. Pair with snapper soup.
Stille Nacht (Belgium), a sweet, very strong pale ale. Pair with a washed-rind cheese such as Limburger.
Troegs Mad Elf (Pennsylvania), a strong dark ale brewed with cherries and honey. Pair with bacon quiche.
Mahr's Christmas Bock (Germany), a classic, malty Bavarian bock. Pair with a sausage plate.
Anchor Our Special Ale (California), a spiced winter warmer with a spruce aroma. Pair with cranberry salad.
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome (England), a classic unspiced winter warmer with mellow roasted malt. Pair with roasted turkey.
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice (California), a spiced winter warmer with warming vanilla notes. Pair with pumpkin pie.
Baladin Noel (Italy), a Belgian-style strong dark ale with a vibrant, spicy yeast character. Pair with those red-and-green-wrapped Hershey kisses.
Samichlaus (Austria), a smooth, brandylike triple bock. Pair with a cigar next to the fireplace.
Gouden Carolus Noel (Belgium), a strong dark ale spiced with herbs. Pair with salted pecans.Merry Christmas, whatever you're drinking.