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Old 11-20-2012, 01:08 AM   #11
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Blue Moon Winter Abbey or Sam Adams Winter bring a seasonal flare while still being bland enough for most pallets.
Yeah....I would have to go with Sam Adams either the Winter or the Lager. It is probably what most of us would grab at an office party.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:31 AM   #12
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My favorite winter seasonal of all time is Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. I've convinced friends that "don't like hoppy beer" that it's the best thing about winter after getting them to try it.

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Old 11-20-2012, 01:33 AM   #13
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Never been a fan of Sam Adams....

I'd say just go with a simple Pale Ale like a Boulevard or Sierra Nevada. It's not a "Christmas Ale", but it's craft enough so the real beer lovers at the party will have something to appreciate, and even some BMC drinkers may dig it.

Personally, if I was planning a Christmas Party, I'd avoid true "Christmas Ales" due to the spices are so variant even true beer lovers may be turned off by some of them if it's a brand they just don't like.

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Old 11-20-2012, 01:44 AM   #14
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Sierra Nevada Celebration. Sure it's hop heavy but the bottle will make it look like you tried to stick to the holiday theme and then you can just drink it all yourself. That's what I did last year!

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Old 11-20-2012, 01:54 AM   #15
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Boulevards Nutcracker Ale is a mildly spiced, malty winter beer. I loved it even as a noob craft beer drinker, before i discovered hops.

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Old 11-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #16
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Don't know if you can get it where your at, but I vote for Troeg's Mad Elf. Cases go quick here and are usually out of stock by thanksgiving (I already have 2 in reserve for December ).
Got a 6er in the fridge right now...amazing. I'm not one for an overspiced beer so I would go with Old Man Ale by Southern Tier or Sam Smiths Winter Welcome Ale. Great beers that happen to be winter ales.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:53 PM   #17
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Yeah Im thinking we might stay away from the holiday ales. But im going to stop by the party store on the way home today and pick up a few sample of some holiday and a few other "safer" beers. keep the ideas comming.

Im I can find something that is mildly spiced that might work. last mont I had a harvest ale that was great, not too over spiced or over pumpkined. Maybe something down those lines.

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Old 11-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #18
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Did my drink shopping last night and was thinking about this thread. Here's what I ended up with:

  • Troeg Mad Elf
  • Troeg Doppelbock
  • Ommegang Hennepin
  • Franziskaner Hefe-weisse (SWMBO picked this one out, but I think it works)
  • Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Most of the beer drinkers at our Thanksgiving get-together have learned to put up with my "crafty" ways, so I didn't hold back. If the audience were less captive, +1 on Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, can't go wrong there.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:53 PM   #19
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For my housewarming Sunday I'm serving Grolsch, so that I get the bottles.

If you don't need the swingtops, and you were thinking Oberon, I'd get Bell's Winter White Ale.

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Old 11-20-2012, 03:13 PM   #20
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I was just about to tell you no way on the Bells winter white ale, but then I looked it up. I was thinking of Sam adams winter white, I had corriander and the SA White ales has way too much. Ill add this to my sample beers to try today.

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