BEERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Beer Pairings by Scott Shor and Brandon Plyler
of The Charleston Beer Exchange
This holiday season, we know you have endless mouths to feed and palates to please. So, we coordinated with The Charleston Beer Exchange to bring you this list of holiday-appropriate beers, which are festively fit for a crowd. Pick your favorite, or choose them all, and head to 14 Exchange Street in Charleston to pick them up (or to a local beer emporium near you). These might not be the bubbles you expect to find in your glass during a holiday toast, but what is the holiday season without putting a new twist on age-old traditions?
The Charleston Beer Exchange, located in the famous South of Broad neighborhood of downtown Charleston, houses hundreds of varieties of brews, in bottles and on tap. Whether you’re usually a champagne drinker, a Budweiser gulper, or a whiskey sipper—The Beer Exchange will have something to suit your fancy and your tastes. Visit them to pick up your favorite six-pack, fill up a case with new brews, or take home a growler fit for a party.
Oude Gueuze Tilquin À L’ancienne
GUESSER TILQUIN / Belgium / Golden, bright, bubbly and palate cleansing. The high acidity creates a striking and dry finish that makes this an easy substitute for Brut Champagne. Created by blending old and young vintages to achieve extraordinary complexity. Wonderful with oysters on the half shell or by itself for a midnight toast! 6% ABV
Avec Les Bons Vœux
BRASSERIE DUPONT / Belgium / The name of this beer translates to “With Best Wishes”, perfectly suggestive of the holidays, which is the only time of year that this strong Belgian farmhouse style ale is released. Aromas of baking bread and fresh cut hay segue into peppery floral notes on the palate. Dangerously refreshing for such a strong beer! 9.5% ABV
Cold Mountain Winter Ale
HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY / Asheville NC / A true Winter Warmer style, brewed each year following an ever-evolving recipe. Despite the changing ingredients, it always boasts proud notes of dark berries, warm brown sugar, toasted hazelnut, cocoa and vanilla bean. Pairs festively with a wide range of items found at a holiday table. This is traditionally one of the most popular winter beers in the Southeast. 5.8% ABV
Vertical Epic 12.12.12
SAN STONE BREWING COMPANY / San Diego CA / This is the final installment in a decade-long endeavor striving to reach outside the boundaries of traditional brewing and create something new. Vertical Epic presents as a strong and dark Belgian-style ale loaded with spice notes from cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove and rosehips. An exotic but sound pairing for savory fare and desserts alike. 9% ABV
12 Dogs of Christmas
Barrel Aged 2012
THIRSTY DOG BREWING COMPANY / Akron OH / A richly spiced beer that sees the inside of Bourbon barrels for a considerable amount of time while aging. This is evidenced well in its ginger and honey undertones. Limited annually to only 999 magnum-sized, etched bottles, this makes a stunning presentation at any holiday party or dinner. The whiskey characteristics serve up tastes of caramel and oak, as well as vanilla sweetness on the finish. 10% ABV