"In your hunt for that perfect holiday elixir, there's a brand-new book that can help....He came up with an awesome selection. It's a great, informative read." ~The San Jose Mercury News
"Russell gives readers the lowdown on the best of these holiday offerings..." ~The Wine Buzz
“It is the first comprehensive collection." ~About Beer Magazine
"...a comprehensive look at holiday brewing history and tradition..." ~The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The book is an entertaining history of holiday beer...” ~The Philadelphia Weekly
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Delirium Noël, anyone? Tap the yuletide cheer with this beer-by-beer guide to the greatest holiday brews from around the world. Since the beginnings of civilization, humans have celebrated the winter solstice with one of our most primal rituals: welcoming the returning sun with a strong drink. Many cultures throughout history indulged in the custom, crafting singular brews for the biggest party of the year. The tradition continues today with breweries the world over decking the halls with unique ales and lagers made seasonally as a gift to beer-lovers.
From Pittsburgh's St. Nikolaus Bock to Belgium's Stille Nacht, and from Seattle's Snow Cap to Japan's Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale, there's a Winter Warmer out there to put anyone in the holiday spirit. Don Russell has traveled the world sampling and celebrating, keeping a list of what's naughty and nice. Here he profiles the fifty greatest holiday brews as well as dozens of other beers that are sure to put a twinkle in your eye. Packed with anecdotes and trivia, tasting notes, and recipes for special holiday drinks and dishes.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa's Butt-it's a porter from South Stoke, England.