Wed. Nov 29th, 2023

Just like the story, The Lost Abbey “Gift of the Magi” winter release beer is a holiday treat. (Courtesy photo)

By Jeff Gordon at

Start a fire in the fireplace. Put on your snuggie. Cuddle up with a loved one. Thats right, its winter time here in San Diego. Brrrrrrrrrrr. Need some beer recommendations to combat that chilly 50 degree cold? Youve come to the right place. Weve picked out a few just for you. The following winter release beers are the strong, sometimes dark, cure for the wintertime blues.

Local Selections (Local to the West Coast/San Diego area- Prof. GA)

Alesmith Yulesmith- An American Red Ale loaded with hops and caramel malt.

Karl Strauss To The 9s- An Imperial IPA packed with pine and citrus flavors.

Lost Abbey The Gift of the Magi- A Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with frankincense & myrrh.

Port Santas Little Helper – A black, thick Russian Imperial Stout.

Stone Double Bastard Ale – A big aggressive American Strong Ale.

The Bruery Two Turtle Doves – A Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed with cocoa nibs & toasted pecans.

Not So Local Selections

(To the San Diego area- Prof. GA)

Deschutes The Abyss- A pitch black oak aged Imperial Stout brewed with licorice and molasses.

Nectar Ales Black Xantus- A Russian Imperial Stout aged in American oak bourbon barrels and infused with organic coffee.

Sierra Nevada Celebration- A dry hopped American IPA with a nice, sweet malt backbone.

Telegraph Winter Ale- A smokey, spicy Winter Warmer brewed with cinnamon, allspice, and ancho chilies.

Definitely Not Local Selections

Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux- A nice Saison with a little bit of funk and tartness.

Fantome Noel- A spicy, sweet, fruity Saison.

Mikkeller Santas Little Helper- A Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed with spices and cocoa powder.

N&#-6629152;֠Winter Ale- A dark roasty English Porter.

St. Feuillien Cuvee de Noel- A Belgian Strong Dark Ale with flavors of fruits and spices.

Head over to your favorite beer shop and pick up a bottle or two to share with your loved ones during the holidays!

Jeff Gordon is accountable for the creation and genius behind Tap Hunter. He loves beer and often can be found at his favorite San Diego hideouts and Padres games. Visit TapHunter at Want to read more?

By Professor Good Ales

Mythical poster at The LTS Good for What Ales You Beer Journal. Loves good beer. Hates same old, same old. Muses that Bud and Miller might as well be brewed in urinals. Drinks lagers too, if they are complex and interesting.

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