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Holiday Craft Beers 2020

display of holiday craft beer selections
Winter Warmer Cinnamon & Nutmeg Holiday Ale – Harpoon Brewery
This festive brew has been around since 1988, a true New England classic of the season. The brewer promises a mild sweet malt behind the holiday spices. 5.9% ABV

Winter Cheers Hazy Wheat Ale – Victory Brewing Co
This winter seasonal from Victory is a Hefeweizen style wheat ale with a holiday spices from Bavarian wheat ale yeast and American Citra hops. 6.7% ABV

Shiner Holiday Cheer
Dunkelweizen – Shiner Beer
Shiner brews this holiday Dunkelweizen with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. 5.4% ABV

Christmas Ale
Scotch Ale – Bell’s Brewery
Bell’s offer a traditional Scotch Ale for the holiday season, promising “rich and malty notes of caramel and a warm finish.” 7.5% ABV

Aslin Beer – Master of Karate | Commonwealth Brewing Co – Family Drama

For this Thanskgiving season we’ve selected Family Drama! No, no…not that kind of family drama.

This Family Drama is a Tripe IPA from Virginia Beach favorite Commonwealth Brewing Company. Family Drama is brewed with Sabro and Mosaic hops, and weighs in at a hefty 9.2% ABV. So far only one reviewer at Beer Advocate has gotten their hands on this one, awarding it a respectable 4.2 out of 5.

Become a Master of Karate with one of Aslin Beer’s flagship brews. This DIPA is brewed with Mosaic, Galaxy and Amarillo hops, for a taste the brewer describes as “a juicy punch of mango, pineapple, passionfruit, pine and berry.” 8.4% ABV

Dat Booty Doe, Night Owl, 31, Voodoo Ranger Spicy Release Atomic Pumpkin

Our featured selections for September area an assortment of seasonal favorites, both old and new.

Dat Booty Doe with Reagan and Bethany Oktoberfest Style Lager – Heavy Seas
Heavy Seas teamed up with morning radio show hosts Reagan and Bethany to come up with this Oktoberfest style lager, brewed to be extra malty, with “loads of bready, biscuity Munich malt and balanced with just right amount of Noble European hops.” Heavy Seas considers this a fall session beer, weighing in at 5.5% ABV.

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing
Night Owl is a traditional pumpkin ale brewed to perfection, with pumpkin puree, pumpkin juice and roasted and raw pumpkin seeds. Also in the mix, spices you’d expect to find, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. And of course, six types of malt and a bit of hops. 6.7% ABV

31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager – Duclaw Brewing Co.
Originally brewed as a one-off, 31 is once again available as a limited seasonal release. This clever brew is a traditional Munich Dunkel, with seasonal spices and pumpkin for a unique amber brew. 5.7% ABV

Voodoo Ranger Spicy Release Atomic Pumpkin – New Belgium Brewing Co.
New Belgium puts a spicier twist on pumpkin brews, with chili peppers added to the traditional seasonal spices of cinnamon and cloves. Habanero, Aji and Del Arbol peppers create “spiciness in the back of the throat that lingers…” 6.4% ABV

Avery Brewing Co – Liliko’l Kepolo & Maharaja IPA

Picture of Avery Brewing Co - cans of Lilikolkepolo and maharaja

We’re delighted to welcome Avery Brewing Co to our selection of craft beers. Avery Brewing Co was founded in 1993, and has stayed often been ahead of the trends, introducing Colorado’s first packaged IPA in 1996.

Our first selection from Avery Brewing Co continues their tradition of fantastic IPAs with Maharaja IPA, an Imperial India Pale Ale, brewed with malted barley and a hefty hop bill. Avery promises a combination of “citrus hops and caramel toffee malts”, for a “tangy, vibrant and intense” taste.

The folks at Beer Advocate seem to agree that this is one impressive brew, holding strong at a 94 point score of 5,768 ratings as of this post.

For something lighter to match the hot summer days, our second selection is a unique Belgian-style White Ale, brewed with passion fruit. Liliko’l Kepolo is a traditional witbier, aside from the four pounds of fruit puree per barrel. Avery suggests this canned tropical witbier as a great choice for your next BBQ or outdoor adventure.

Liliko’l Kepolo also does well on Beer Advocate, holding strong with a 90 point score of 1,148 ratings.

Maine Beer Co – Lunch India Pale Ale

Our featured beer for July 2020 is another exciting brew from Maine Beer Company. “Lunch” is juicy IPA, named for a whale often seen off the Maine coast. The brewer’s tasting notes include flavors of “orange, grapefruit and lemon, with pine and herbal undertones”. In addition to three types of hops, Maine Beer Co. brews this IPA with variety of malts for added subtle sweetness.

Reviewers at BeerAdvocate.com currently rate Lunch IPA as “World Class”, earning a whopping 97 point score of over 5,800 ratings.

Aslin Beer Co – Laser Raptors, Sexy Denim Man, Much Ado, Hot Swap

For our June feature we’ve got four exciting beers from Virginia’s trendy Aslin Beer Company. The brewery tries to push “innovation and creativity,” and it shows with this interesting selection:

  • Much Ado Helles Lager – Aslin describes this German style brew as “biscuity, light spice and pale honey flavor!” – 4.5% ABV
  • Laser Raptors IPA – This one is quite the monster, as the name suggests. Brewed with oats and wheat for a “satisfying creamy mouthfeel”, Aslin describes tasting notes of “berries, pineapple and pine.” – 8.3% ABV
  • Hot Swap DIPA – Aslin’s tasting notes for this double IPA include “pineapple, citrus, stone fruit, pine and earthiness.” Another big IPA, weighing in a t 8.2% ABV.
  • Sexy Denim Man IPA – Leaning more towards the sessionable side of IPAs, Sexy Denim Man promises “bright orange citrus” and “notes of pine.” – 5.5% ABV
  • Commonwealth Brewing Company

    Our featured beers for this month hail from Virginia Beach! Commonwealth Brewing Company is a local hot spot, and now we’re excited to bring their brews to you. We’ve currently got four selections from Commonwealth’s wide variety of beers.

    Big Papi – The “big brother” to the popular Papi Chulo IPA. This double IPA weighs in at 8% ABV, Commonwealth promises Big Papi is “super juicy with low bitterness.”

    Mano Del Puma – Commonwealth describes Mano Del Puma as a light Mexican lager, calling it “smooth, clean and supremely sessional.” They even suggest adding a slice of lime.

    Westphalia – A brand new beer, Westphalia is a Dortmunder Export Lager. Commonwealth calls this a spring beer, with a “long and old lagered smooth character” and 6% ABV.

    Schlafly Returns! Kolsch, IPA, Northeast IPA

    We’re happy to announce that Schlafly beers are returning to our shelves after a long forced hiatus! First up, we’ve got a couple of IPAs and a Kolsch to get you reacquainted.

    Schlafly India Pale Ale – Described as something of a session beer, Schlafly IPA is on the balanced more sessionable side. With a light color and both “citrus and tropical flavors” according to Schlafly’s tasting notes. 5.0% ABV

    Schlafly Northeast IPA – This is a limited release, and clearly brewed with the IPA connoisseur in mind. Schlafly uses a unique brewing process of kettle boiling and dry hopping. Schlafly promises a thick head on this unfiltered beer. Weighing in at a hefty 8.0% ABV.

    Schlafly Kolsch – An award winning Kolsch, brewed with a fairly ancient yeast of family origins. Schlafly promises the their Kolsch blends malt and fruit with a fresh lager finish. 4.8%ABV