While the winter holidays are a time for hot cocoa and hot toddies, Metro Detroit breweries are making seasonal ales with festive flavors that’ll have you reaching for a Koozie and embracing the chill.
By Kenzie Kramer
Eggnog, mulled wine, punch, spiked hot chocolate — there’s no shortage of boozy sippers around the holidays. Detroit area breweries are getting in on the festive fun by creating seasonal beers using holiday flavors. With everything from traditional spiced Christmas ales to fruit-packed sours, you’ll find at least one new favorite holiday tradition in a pint glass this winter.
Christmas Ale from Atwater Brewery
237 Jos Campau, Detroit
Alcohol, spice and everything nice come together in this traditional Christmas Ale from Atwater Brewery. The beer combines malty flavors and warming spices with a German bock, making it a balanced, drinkable ale for when you want to feel festive.
Noel Night Belgian White from Brew Detroit
1401 Abbott St., Detroit
Brew Detroit’s Noel Night Belgian White combines a crisp wheat ale with a kick of coriander and a hint of bittersweet orange peel for a light beer that’s perfectly refreshing after a long day of holiday shopping.
Jolly as F*** from Batch Brewing Company
1400 Porter St., Detroit
While the holidays are fun and festive, they can also be exhausting — especially for people who work long hours in hospitality. Batch Brewing and The Skip teamed up to create a new holiday brew for dedicated people working in the food and beverage industry: a pineapple-passion fruit kettle sour with whole cocoa nibs and lactose sugar.
Jul Øl from Dragonmead Microbrewery
14600 E. Eleven Mile Road, Warren
A combo of cinnamon and nutmeg add yuletide flare to this smooth dark beer, which is up for grabs until the end of January. If the spelling is throwing you off, it’s pronounced Yule Ohl.
Little Saint Nick from ROAK
330 E. Lincoln Ave., Royal Oak
ROAK’s Little Saint Nick is a bright red cranberry gose — a tart beer from the brewery’s kettle sour series. Fans of mouth-puckering sours will enjoy its bright, fruity flavor.
Bourbon Barrel Aged 3 Scrooges from Griffin Claw
575 S. Eton St., Birmingham
What could make a rich, flavorful winter ale even better? A yearlong soak in a Bourbon barrel for additional hints of oak and booze. Heads up, this barrel-aged brew packs a punch at 10.5 percent ABV.
Mackinac Island Fudge Coffee Porter from Royal Oak Brewery
215 E. 4th St., Royal Oak
Mackinac may be your summer destination, but you can still get the fudgy flavors when the snow hits with this porter from Royal Oak Brewery. This dark beer is meant to satisfy your sweet tooth just enough, with a balance of moderate chocolate malt flavor to complement the fudge.
Kenzie Kramer is a new Michigander who writes and manages social media as a freelancer. She enjoys exploring the Detroit food and beer scenes and attempting to be outdoorsy Up North. Follow her on Instagram at @KenzieKramer.