The Complete Guide to Holiday Beers at Virginia Craft Breweries

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Nov 19, 2018 | Updated: Nov 26, 2018

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Fresh seasonal flavors aren’t just found on your plate during the holidays in Virginia; craft breweries around the Commonwealth are putting their favorite holiday ingredients in your glass, as well, offering flavors like gingerbread, pumpkin, and holiday spices to brighten up the season. Whether you’re buying as a gift for a craft brew-loving friend or stuffing your own stockings, these holiday craft beers will make your season bright!

 

—PUMPKIN, SWEET POTATO, & SQUASH BEERS—

2 Silos Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale—Pumpkin/Yam beer with spiced aroma and a bright orange hue. Made with raw pumpkin.

6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company Pilothouse Pumpkin Porter—Brewed with pumpkin pie spices.

Adroit Theory Brewing What Evil Lurks—Pumpkin Ale set to be released around December 12.

Adventure Brewing Company The Pumpkining—Pumpkin Porter made with real pumpkin and spices.

Adventure Brewing Company Runaway Pumpkin Ale—Lighter pumpkin beer made with real pumpkin and local malts.

Alewerks Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale—Inspired by the brewer’s mothers’ pumpkin pie recipe and made with fresh ingredients like nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon.ardent sweet potato and sage beer

Ardent Craft Ales Sweet Potato & Sage—Fall seasonal farmhouse-style saison. Sweet potato balances with the fragrant aroma of fresh local sage.

Back Bay Brewing Company Witch of Pungo—Pumpkin and yam beer made with pumpkins and squash grown on their farm.

Backroom Brewery Peter Peter Pumpkin Drinker Porter—Lightly spiced seasonal pumpkin porter.

Barnhouse Brewery Good Gourd O’Mighty Pumpkin Ale—Seasonal pumpkin ale with cinnamon and fresh ginger, moderately hoppy but well balanced.

Benchtop Brewing Company Grammy’s Famous—Sweet potato toasted marshmellow gose with orange zest. Made with real marshmallows, sweet potatoes, and orange zest. Releasing mid-November.

Brew Republic Bierwerks The People’s Pumpkin—Gose brewed with pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and sea salt.

Brew Republic Bierwerks Power to the Pumpkin—Tart Pumpkin Gose with pumpkin spices, oats, and sea salt.

Brothers Craft Brewing Fairgrounds Fall Ale—Pumpkin spiced ale.

Chaos Mountain Brewing The Legless Horseman—Pumpkin ale brewed using locally grown pumpkins and a secret blend of fall spices.

Commonwealth Brewing Company Pumpkin Juice—Pumpkin Cream Ale made with a selection of fall spices.

Dirt Farm Brewing Pumpkin Ale—Mildly spiced pumpkin ale made from roasted neck pumpkins grown on their farm.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Farmhouse Pumpkin—Farmhouse Ale made with Virginia-grown sugar pumpkins, whole nutmeg, clove, allspice, and fresh ginger root.

Highmark Brewing Company Fall Into Winter Ale—Pumpkin gingerbread brown ale made with 70 pounds of locally grown pumpkins.

Home Republic Brewery Oh My Gourd! Pumpkin Ale—Traditional seasonal pumpkin ale.

James River Brewery Sunkin Punkin—Pumpkin ale with subtle notes of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon.lake anna brew house pumpkin holiday craft beer

Lake Anna Brew House Pumpkin Porter—Malty dark ale with roasted pumpkin and a hint of cinnamon.

Loose Shoe Brewing Company Headless Horseman—Pumpkin and yam ale with subtle spices.

Mad Fox Brewing Company Stingy Jack Pumpkin Saison—Fall pumpkin ale made with real pumpkins and spiced with their house pumpkin pie blend.

New District Brewing Company Fashionably Late—Autumn ale made with real pumpkins.

O’Connor Brewing Company Punkelweisse Pumpkin Wheat—German Dunkelweisse dark wheat ale blended with fall spices and lots of pumpkin.

Old 690 Brewing Company Wicked Old Lady Pumpkin Ale—Seasonal ale made with over 20 pounds of pumpkin and classic pumpkin pie spices.ono brewing company jack-o pumpkin ale

Ono Brewing Company Jack-O Pumpkin Ale—Light bodied ale with caramel and red malts brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and 100 pounds of pumpkin.

Origin Beer Lab Pumpkin Head—Oat-based “whip” brewed with heaps of pumpkin and a touch of cinnamon and ginger.

Pleasure House Brewing Tricks Pumpkin Spice Saison—French saison made with cinnamon, ginger, and other pie spices.

Quattro Goomba’s Brewery Infatuation Pumpkin Spice Saison—Saison made with fresh pumpkin puree and pie spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice.

Reaver Beach Brewing Company Jolly Roger Pumpkin Porter—Porter brewed with fresh sugar pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Red Dragon Brewery Pumpkin Harvest Ale—Brown ale made with real pumpkin.

Solace Brewing Company She Made Me—Honey pumpkin common beer with subtle pumpkin spice flavor.

Spencer Devon Brewing Company Snead’s Squash Harvest Ale—Dark English mild ale made with Georgia Candy Roaster squash, grown at nearby Snead’s Farm.

Sweetwater Tavern Ghost Town Pumpkin Ale—Lightly spiced ale made with real pumpkin amber.

The Craft of Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Stout—Imperial stout with graham cracker pie crust and pumpkin pie spice.

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run Disturbed Pumpkin Ale—Pumpkin pie-flavored brown ale with hints of caramel malt and graham cracker crust.the veil brewing company creep DIPA holiday pumpkin beer

The Veil Brewing Company CREEP—All Hallows’ DIPA made with pumpkin pies in the mash.

Three Notch’d Brewing Company Pumpkin Spiced Latte—Pumpkin Spiced Amber Ale made with fresh coffee from Rostov’s Coffee & Teas. Brewed in collaboration with the University of Richmond Brewing Program.

Tin Cannon Brewing Company Punk’Tin Ale—Amber ale brewed with five pounds of pumpkin per barrel and seasonal spices.

Tradition Brewing Company Persnickety Witch Pumpkin Ale—Pumpkin ale with subtle notes of cloves, cinnamon, and caramel.

Twin Creeks Brewing Company Imperial Pumpkin—Imperial pumpkin beer.

Wild Wolf Brewing Company Howling Pumpkin—Pumpkin ale made with molasses, pumpkin, squash, and pumpkin pie spices.

 

—GINGERBREAD BEERS—

Adventure Brewing Company Mary Washington’s Gingerbread—Collaboration with the Washington Heritage Museum and the Mary Washington House. Based off Mary Washington’s famous gingerbread recipe.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Gingerbread Stout—Imperial Milk Stout made with fresh ginger and wildflower honey.hardywood park brewing company christmas morning beer

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Christmas Morning—Imperial gingerbread stout with spices and coffee.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Kentucky Christmas Morning—Imperial gingerbread stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and cold-filtered through coffee beans.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Christmas Pancakes—Imperial gingerbread stout refermented on maple syrup.

James River Brewery Gingerbread Brown Ale—Holiday brown ale made with ginger, molasses, and cinnamon.

Mountain Valley Brewing The Gingerbread Man—Gingerbread imperial stout brewed with biscuit and chocolate malt, fresh local honey and ginger, and cinnamon.

Strangeways Brewing Gingerbread Gourd of Thunder—Imperial Gingerbread Pumpkin Porter made with fresh picked local pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, molasses, and clove spices.

Tin Cannon Brewing Company Ginger Snap Amber Ale—Holiday ale with caramel malts, ginger, molasses, and spices.

 

—HOLIDAY SPICED BEERS—alewerks brewing company fun old fashioned family christmas ale

Alewerks Brewing Company Fun, Old-Fashioned Family Christmas Ale—Ale with cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla bean, sweet orange peel, nutmeg, and allspice.

AMMO Brewing Two Pixies Winter Ale—Winter ale made with sour Montmorrency cherries boiled with Bath County maple syrup, then fermented with Madagascan vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. Releasing close to Thanksgiving.

Back Bay Brewing Company Nut Quacker Almond Cream Stout—Limited Edition holiday cream ale brewed with lactose to create a smooth, slightly sweet creamy brew.

Bedlam Brewing Holiday Ale—Releasing in December. Traditional English ale loaded with cinnamon and allspice.belly love brewing company auld resolutions holiday beer

Belly Love Brewing Company Auld Resolutions—Spiced winter ale made with ginger, orange, and cinnamon. Released in early December.

Black Hoof Brewing Company Turkey Call Maple Brown Ale—Made with real Virginia maple syrup from Highlands County.

Blue Mountain Brewery Lights Out—Holiday malted ale with hopped spiciness made with rolled oats.

Brew Republic Bierwerks Commonwealth Christmas Ale—Seasonal spiced Christmas ale with cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, and honey. Released during Black Friday weekend.

Brew Republic Bierwerks Beer Nog—Oatmeal stout with rich spiced eggnog flavor. Released around December 1st.

Caboose Brewing Company Vanilla Hobo Imperial Stout—Roasted coffee and chocolate stout with vanilla, hints of dark fruit, and caramel sweetness.

Castleburg Brewery & Taproom Dark Ages—Imperial maple brown made from their award-winning Bishop’s Brown Ale and brewed with Vermont Maple Syrup and Cinnamon. Released mid-November.

Center of the Universe Brewing Company Jesus—Mexican hot chocolate spiced stout.

Champion Brewing Company Santa’s Cookies—Imperial spiced oatmeal stout made with real ginger and cardamom.

Commonwealth Brewing Company Eggnog Riot—Bourbon barrel imperial cream ale spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla bean.creek bottom brewing mistress claus stout holiday beer

Creek Bottom Brewing Mistress Claus Stout—Holiday imperial chocolate stout that has been aged on cacao nibs.

Deschutes Brewery Jubelale—Spiced winter ale with warming spices and notes of toffee.

Final Gravity Brewing Company Pablo’s Stash—Holiday stout with chocolate, habanero, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Fine Creek Brewing Company Spiced Mild Ale—Sessionable ale made with cardamom and orange peel, flavor reminiscent of a spiced cake. Released around Thanksgiving.

Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works White Oak Winter Ale—Spiced ale with a subtle blend of ginger, cinnamon stick, and dried orange peel. virginia

Intermission Beer Company All Hallows Ale—Amber harvest ale made with dark maple syrup and cinnamon.

James River Brewery Belgian Holiday Ale—Belgian amber ale made with fresh ginger, cinnamon, and coriander.

Mad Fox Brewing Company Festivus Ale—English-style winter warmer ale spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, allspice, mace, cardamom, star anise, and orange zest.midnight brewing company christmas at midnight holiday beer

Midnight Brewery Christmas at Midnight—Spiced English mild with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mountain Valley Brewing Fall Into Winter—Brown ale spiced with chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Old Bust Head Brewing Company Apple Cinnamon Winter Wheat—A blend of Belgian wit and Chinquapin chestnut porter conditioned on apples, cinnamon sticks, and spices.old ox brewery keg nog holiday beer

Old Ox Brewery Keg Nog—Imperial spiced ale with flavors of nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Ono Brewing Company Honey & Spice—Holiday ale made with honey, cinnamon, and ginger.

Origin Beer Lab Whipperdoodle—Snickerdoodle-inspired beer brewed with cinnamon and oats.

Pleasure House Brewing Snatch You Baldheaded Belgian Quad—Classic quad brewed with mulling spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and citrus.

Port City Brewing Company Tidings Ale—Belgian strong golden ale that is gently spiced with coriander, cardamom, fresh ginger, and grains of paradise. redbeard brewing company holiday beer

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Redbeard Brewing Company “Our Xmas Beer”—Imperial milk stout made with peppermint.

Red Dragon Brewery Bourbon Barrel Aged Peat Smoked Porter—Peat smoked porter aged in bourbon barrels, with flavors of vanilla and spice.

Rip Rap Brewing Company Heart’s Content—Holiday-inspired Peppermint Stout

Sinistral Brewing Company Beer Nog—Mix of the brewery’s Camryn’s Poker-Faced Porter and Egg Nog. Served at the brewery beginning December 7th.

Sinistral Brewing Company St. Nix Fix Winter Ale—Ale spiced with cinnamon, chocolate, and allspice. Release date of Mid-December.

Spencer Devon Brewing Company Center House Association Ale—Pale ale brewed with locally-harvested spruce boughs. Brewed for the Center House Association, which maintains the oldest officer’s mess hall in the Marine Corps.

Starr Hill Brewery Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale—Classic English brown ale made with real Virginia maple syrup.starr hill snow blind beer

Starr Hill Brewery Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager—Full-bodied winter doppelbock lager with caramel aromas and a lightly toasted malt flavor.

Stone Brewing Company Xocoveza—Imperial stout inspired by Mexican hot chocolate with flavors of pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and homemade chocolate.

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery Shamit Finnegan—Ginger matcha gose with flavors of ginger and green tea.

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery Cookie Contraband—Cream ale brewed with vanilla, milk-sugar, graham crackers, cinnamon, and baking spices. Released mid-December.

The River Company Brewery Chill Chaser Spiced Chocolate Stout—Milk stout made with chocolate, cinnamon, chipotle, and Cayenne peppers.

The Virginia Beer Company Evil Santa Spiced Milk Stout—Milk stout with hearty additions of flaked oats and lactose and dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

The Virginia Beer Company Vanilla Evil Santa—Evil Santa Spiced Milk Stout spiked with vanilla beans.

The Virginia Beer Company Double Evil Santa—Evil Santa Spiced Milk Stout aged in bourbon barrels that result in an 11.3% ABV stout. Flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, caramel, and vanilla.

Tradition Brewing Company “Oh Nutcracker” Belgian Dubbel—Christmas dubbel with hints of orange, holiday spices, and a light toffee aroma.

Triple Crossing Brewing Company Infinite Reflections Imperial Stout—Imperial stout made with vanilla, cacao nibs, and cinnamon.
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Wasserhund Brewing Company Haagen Dog Ice Cream Stout—Sweet milk stout with flavors of vanilla and chocolate ice cream.

Water’s End Brewery Uncle Sam Wins the Caber Toss—American Scotch ale with a smoked malt finish. Due to be released the week before Christmas.

Wolf Hills Brewing Company Auld Magnus Winter Warmer—Big winter beer made with ginger, orange peel, and cranberry.

Young Veterans Brewing Company Truce in the Forest—Imperial white holiday IPA brewed with German malts and America hops.

 

—HOLIDAY NUTS & BERRY BEERS—

Ballad Brewing Company Cranberry Sour—Sour style beer sold only on draft in the brewery, released mid-November.ballast point brewery spruce tip sculpin holiday beer

Ballast Point Brewing Company Spruce Tip Sculpin—IPA brewed with Oregon spruce tips has flavors of red berry, lemon, and wine grapes.

Beale’s All the Berry Bear—Sour beer with blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, and boysenberries.

Brick & Mortar Brewing Company Sweet Cherry Pie—Blonde ale combined with sweet cherries.devils backbone brewing company cran gose holiday beer

Devils Backbone Brewing Company Cran-Gose—Tart cranberry ale that is light but holiday-focused.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company Feliz Navidad—Smoked Mexican-inspired lager with lime, agave, and corn flavors. Although the flavors are not traditional holiday ingredients, the beer is a charitable collaboration with Three Notch’d Brewing Company that will provide meals for local families and raise up to $20,000 for the brewery’s chosen charities during the holiday season.

Jack’s Run Brewing Company Cranberry Dreams—Wheat beer made with cranberry puree for a slightly tart finish.

Mountain Valley Brewing Choc. Full O’ Cherries—Chocolate porter made with chocolate and caramel malt, real cocoa nibs, tart cherries, and vanilla.

O’Connor Brewing Company Winter Pecan Porter—Full-bodied English porter infused with toasted pecans.

Old Bust Head Brewing Company Chinquapin Chestnut Porter—Rich Chinquapin chestnut porter made with real chestnuts and dark malts.

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery Back in My Day Ale—Holiday ale with flavors of orange and molasses. Released mid-December.

The Vanguard Brewpub Namur the Merrier Belgian Quad—Bold Belgian-style strong holiday ale made with dark fruit, raisins, and spice.

Trapezium Brewing Company Lucky 51 Maple Pecan Wheat—Collaboration with Richard Bland College. Imperial American wheat beer brewed with maple syrup and pecans grown on the Richard Bland campus.

 

—SPICED APPLE BEERS—

Beale’s Spiced Apple Ale—Handpicked blend of spices fermented with local apple cider. Taste like fresh apple pie.

Brother Craft Brewing Blonde Betty—Collaboration with Bold Rock Cider. Imperial American blonde ale with fresh pressed apple juice and apple pie spices.

Chaos Mountain Brewing How ‘Bout Dem Apples—Limited release apple ale brewed in collaboration with Bold Rock Cider.coelacanth brewing caramel apple pie porter holiday beer

Coelacanth Brewing Caramel Apple Pie Porter—Collaboration with Parkway Brewing Company using apples from Bold Rock Cider.

Old Trade Brewery Malum Apple Beer—Crisp twist on their pilsner beer blended with juice from regionally-sourced apples.

Rising Silo Brewery Apple ‘Atcha Pale Lager—Apple Pilsner made with organic Appalachian apples for a crisp, slightly tart finish.

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery Smoked Apple Apple Smoked—Collaboration with Mustang Sally Brewing Company. Smoky and sour beer made with smoked apples and Applewood chips.

The River Company Brewery Apple Brown Ale—Fall harvest beer made with 60 pounds of crushed Fuji apples and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

 

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Patricia, Woodstock Brewhouse has a Shrumkin – Pumpkin Amber Ale, Krampus – Ginger and Orange Peel Holiday Ale, and Capola Mountain – Locally Roasted Chestnut Ale

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You missed Parkway Brewing’s A Moment on the Lips Chocolate Orange Milk Stout!