5 gift-worthy seasonal beers from D-FW breweries
Sure, the month between Turkey Day and Boxing Day can be full of old, well-known movies, colorful decorations, and lots of rocking around the Christmas tree. But with all of our talking and singing about peace on earth at this time of year, the hustle and bustle of the holidays also brings with it a series of headaches and anger that are not conducive to a quiet, tolerant time of goodwill.
But for local craft beer fans, December feels like the scene in Home Alone when young Kevin McCallister discovers he is all alone and living out his party dreams. Every year, North Texas breweries and brewpubs get bolder with their Christmas creations, but there are still plenty of seasonal favorites to count on.
Just as a festive table or a party buffet offers a varied selection of flavors, so do the taproom walls and the beer shelves from D-FW. From dark and roasted to light and fruity, from sweet to tart, here are some fantastic local seasonal beers to try.
3 Nations Brewing is offering a Mexican chocolate stout from Devour for the holidays.(Savannah Sailer)
Devour Mexican Imperial Milk Stout with chocolate
What’s a winter vacation without a damp stout, you ask? We are not sure. However, thanks to Carrollton’s 3 Nations, this is not a dilemma to face. The brewery’s popular Devour Stout series (formerly Devout) is a reliably excellent rotation of powerful stouts. Every year at Christmas time we get another attempt to sip the imperial milk stout Devour Mexican Chocolate. Available in the brewery’s taproom and in tins of four in selected sales outlets.
3 Nations Brewing, 1033 Vandergriff Drive, Carrollton. 3nationsbrewing.com.
Holiday Hooch winter warmer
Weighing in at just 7.1% vol, the Denton County Brewing Company’s Holiday Hooch Winter Warmer isn’t as flashy as some of its counterparts, but the flavor is certainly there and considered. An inviting note of cinnamon is not intrusive. This deep copper-colored brew is an ideal companion to sit near the fireplace. Available on tap and in cans in the brewery bar.
Denton County Brewing Company, 200 E McKinney Street, Denton. dentoncbc.com.
Ghost Eye Cranberry Crumble Berliner Weisse
For those who aren’t always looking for the darkest and most decadent beers at this time of year, there is the refreshing, yet full-bodied Ghost Eye Cranberry Crumble berliner weisse from False Idol Brewing. Brewed with lactose, vanilla, cranberry, and almond, this is a crunchy alternative to a stout that delivers its own significant flavor pressure. Available on tap and in cans in the brewery bar.
False Idol Brewing, 7924 Maplewood Ave, North Richland Hills. falseidolbrew.com.
With the prestigious Design District brewery nearing its 10th anniversary, it stands to reason that tradition is a driving force behind Peticolas Brewing’s beer offering. For many discerning Dallas beer lovers, winter doesn’t officially arrive in town until they’ve had a pint of Wintervention Dark Strong Winter Ale. With a pinch of spice from neighboring Pendery’s, this brew would be the picture next to “Warm and Fuzzy” in the dictionary, if the dictionary were ever so hip. Speaking of tradition, grab some of the beers Peticolas has introduced in the past for its anniversary parties, such as Worth the Wait Cherry Vanilla Imperial Stout and Son of Quad Belgian Quad. Available on tap and in cans in the brewery’s taproom.
Peticolas Brewing, 1301 Pace Street, Dallas. peticolasbrewing.com.
Moon space: nectaron
This Lake Highlands outpost could survive pretty well with its excellent pizzas, but luckily its beer game is on point too. Winter warmers and stouts are great, but what would a North Texas beer list, regardless of the occasion, be without an IPA gift? Don’t answer, we already know what you’re going to say. Well, old holiday bite, you’re in luck. Vector’s brand new single-hop Moonspace: Nectaron is only brewed with a new hop from New Zealand and results in a hazy, fruity blend. It’s the perfect gift for over the top craft beer drinkers. Available on tap and canned in the brewery.
Vector Brewing, 9850 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite # 405. vectorbrewing.com.