Five Craft Beers Perfect for the Holidays


Looking to expand your brewski horizons this holiday season?

With craft beers becoming so popular over the last few years, there are so many choose from that it’s hard to know where to start.

To narrow down your beer picks just in time for everyone coming in for the holidays, we looked no further than James David Breen, Arkansas’ only certified Cicerone (in other words, he’s a beer expert!) and the vice president of sales at Arkansas Craft Distributors.

Here are his five holiday picks:

  • Fort Collins Big Shot Seasonal Ale– Big Shot is a Hazelnut Brown and is a malt-driven beer with bread-y and toasted characteristics. It is best enjoyed after a day in the snow, or more likely ice if you live here.
  • Schlafly Coffee Stout– With Schlafly’s Oatmeal Stout as the base and the addition of Kaldi’s Coffee, this is a beer perfect for coffee drinkers everywhere. This beer is brewed November through March, but it will make you wish it was a year-round offering.
  • Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter– Tommyknocker is known for making delicious beers that are very drinkable, and this beer is no exception. Brewed with pure cocoa powder and Colorado honey, this porter offers a variety of complex roasted notes while still being quite sessionable.
  • Mustang Brewing Winter Lager– For the lighter beer lover, Mustang Winter Lager is the perfect call. The addition of Black Strap Molasses makes this beer a great companion on cold winter nights.
  • Bayou Teche Miel Sauvage– Bière de Miel is a traditional French ale brewed with heaps of honey. Miel Sauvage takes that tradition and adds a bit of an American twist by aging it in Jack Daniel’s barrels. Clocking in at 9 percent ABV, this is definitely a beer that should be shared with friends around the fireplace.
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