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Navigating the Business of (Boozy) Holidays

The holiday season is a busy time and before you know it, your schedule will be packed full of get togethers with friends and family. Thankfully, all of these occasions will require one important thing: beer. But sometimes it can be tricky to navigate various party sizes and cater to everyone’s interests. Well fret no more! We’ve put together a guide to help you decide on a proper plan of attack for navigating the business of (boozy) holidays.


Friendsgivings are a blast, you get together with your closest pals and spend some quality time with each other. This means that you’ll be facing a full night of drinking with a group of people. The easiest solution here are variety packs or straight 12-packs, which make it easy to please everyone.

Our Recommendations:

Firestone Walker Merlin’s Mixed Pack: If you have a group of hop heads, Merlin’s Mixed Pack offers Firestone Walker’s Union Jack IPA, Luponic Distortion IPA, Easy Jack Session IPA and Double Jack Double IPA. These are four high-quality beers that offer varying ABVs.

Shiner Texas Cold Front Variety Pack: Shiner put together a great three-beer variety pack that offers delicious winter seasonal beers including Shiner Frost, a pale golden lager, Morello Dark Cherry Lager, a smooth dark lager, and Candied Pecan Porter, a sweet full-bodied porter. These are great options for the chilly season and give you a nice blend of both light and dark beers to offer up to friends.


Finding beer for your family on Thanksgiving depends on what said fam likes. Are they craft people? Do they normally stick to their usual beer options? When it comes to Turkey Day it’s probably good to play it safe, so snag a couple of six packs. This allows you flexibility in style and variety, but not to overwhelm anyone.

Our Recommendations:

Sly Fox Christmas Ale: Christmas Ales are normally a great festive pick because they bring together a great balance of holiday spices. Sly Fox Christmas Ale uses cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice as well as caramel malt. These ingredients combine for a nicely balanced, tasty winter beer that is going to be a crowd-pleaser. It has a comfortable 6.3% ABV and is a nice medium-bodied amber brew.

Evil Genius New Phone, Who Dis?: Evil Genius is never afraid to make bold, flavorful beers and New Phone, Who Dis? is the perfect example of that. This caramel Macchiato Porter combines a delicious dark porter base with flavors of caramel and espresso. Your family loves coffee, right? Plus it’s only 6% ABV and should, at the very least, catch people’s attention!

Nightcap with a Sibling

The leftovers are in the fridge, the dishes are done, and you’ve got just a few gems left in the fridge. Whether you want to spoil yourself or are lucky enough to have that one craft beer loving sibling or friend, you can be a little bolder here. Mix a six or even grab a 375 ml bottle of something that you’ve been looking to try.

Our Recommendations:

Stone Enjoy By 01.01.20: The latest entry to Stone’s Enjoy By series is an unfiltered IPA perfect for all of the special celebrations popping up at the end of the year. This IPA is packed with explosive hop flavor. At 9.4% ABV it is a heavier beer, but still bursting with peach and citrus flavors that round out the profile nicely. This beer is perfect if you want to go big on the night before Thanksgiving, a weekend around Christmas, or even on New Year’s Eve.

Lagunitas Cherry Jane: Cherry Jane is only 5.5% ABV, but it certainly packs a punch. If you enjoy sour beers, this cherry sour is a great choice full of flavor. It is a nice combination of sweet and tart with an appropriate amount of funk. This beer won’t be for everyone, but it’s a winner if you’re down for the sours.

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