22 Dec 8 Nights, 8 Beers
Latkes + beers = celebration!
Is there a more obvious pick for a Hanukkah beer than a beer namedHanukkah Beer? From Shmaltz Brewing Company—the folks behind He’Brew: The Chosen Beer—Hanukkah Beer is filled with malt and hop goodness. With hints of caramel and chocolate, as well as eight malts, eight hops and 8 percent alcohol, this beer balances a whole lot of complicated tastes in one.
Ignore the red and green of the label; we grabbed Celebration Ale off the shelf for one obvious reason: It’s time to celebrate Hanukkah! Celebration Ale is 35 years old this year, and is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA. This hoppy beer is “famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas.”
Although the winter solstice is a few days before Hanukkah kicks off, this beer still seems like a winner. Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale is a classic winter warmer, with a deep amber hue, hints of toffee and spice, and a creamy and rich finish. And while we’re not sure which holiday the label favors, we can’t help but notice how closely those antlers resemble a menorah.
Sure, some folks out there are dreaming of a white Christmas, but we’d prefer to keep all our blizzards bottled up in beer form. Worcester’s Wormtown Brewery brings us Blizzard of 78, an English-style brown ale that’s all the snow and cold you’ll need this winter. With fresh-roasted coffee beans, this ale is rich and smooth without being overwhelming. (And if the snow does kick up during Hanukkah, we recommend hunkering down inside with some responsible enjoyment of these toasted malts and nutty flavors.)
Funky Jewbelation is a sour beer, aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels and brewed yearly to celebrate the brewery’s anniversary. Each year’s iteration is a bit different; for 2016 Shmaltz Brewing Company created a blend of Jewbelation 19, Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A., Death Hoppy Black Ale, Rejewvenator ’14, Bock Bock, Messiah Nut Brown Ale and Origin Pomegranate Strong Ale. Hanukkah is the perfect time to get funky with this beverage.
This American porter from Clown Shoes Beer in Ipswich is sweet without overwhelming. It’s a fall seasonal, but you can still find it lurking around (it’s worth the hunt!)—and who says we can’t enjoy pecan pie well into winter? The recipe is slightly changed each year as the brewery perfects the nutty and sweet tastes.
Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale is “brewed like a classic, warming strong ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.” It’s a deep ruby brown color, with a subdued hint of cocoa. This winter favorite is perfect for drinking by the warmth of your fireplace, or by the flames of a fully lit menorah.