The 2019 Complete Guide to Holiday Beers at Virginia Craft Breweries

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Nov 25, 2019 | Updated: Dec 2, 2019

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With the holiday season here, we’re craving all the seasonal flavors! But in addition to filling a plate with all the holiday goodness, Virginia’s many breweries are looking to fill your glass with seasonal tastes like gingerbread, pumpkin, apples, and holiday spice. Get into the holiday spirit this year with a few of these festive craft beers!

—PUMPKIN, SWEET POTATO, & SQUASH BEERS—

2 Silos Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale—Beautifully balanced autumn ale handcrafted with an assortment of specialty spices and a generous amount of raw pumpkin. 

2 Silos Brewing Company Oak Aged Pumpkin Ale—Their seasonal pumpkin ale aged in oak barrels. 

6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company Imperial Pumpkin Porter—Imperial porter with a splash of pumpkin pie spices. 

Alewerks Brewing Company Pumpkin—Spiced pumpkin ale made with fresh pumpkin that is spiced and baked before being added to the brew. 

Alewerks Brewing Company Imperial Pumpkin—Intensified version of Alewerks Pumpkin Ale, aged three months in Virginia whiskey oak barrels. 

Ardent Craft Ales Sweet Potato and Sage Saison—A farmhouse-style saison with earthy notes from sweet potatoes and the fragrant aroma of fresh, local sage. 

Backroom Brewery Peter Pumpkin Drinker Porter—Seasonal pumpkin porter that is lightly spiced.

Back Bay Brewing Company Farmhouse Basic Witch Beer.
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Back Bay Brewing Company Basic Witch—Pumpkin spice latte stout made with cold brewed coffee from Snowing in Space.

Badwolf Brewing Company It’s a Pumpkin Stout, Charlie Brown!—American stout made with pumpkin and yams.

Barnhouse Brewery Good Gourd O’Mighty Pumpkin Ale—A seasonal pumpkin ale made with English and Munich malts and fresh roasted local pumpkins, then dry spiced with cinnamon sticks and fresh sliced ginger.

Beltway Brewing Company Pumpkin Spice HOV—American blonde ale dosed with just a touch of pumpkin spice. 

Brass Cannon Brewing Got Damn Pumpkin Ale—A pumpkin wheat beer. 

Brew Republic Bierwerks Power to the Pumpkin—A sour and tart gose brewed with barley, wheat, oats, pumpkin spice, and sea salt. 

Buffalo Mountain Brewery Charlie Brown—Belgian Imperial pumpkin porter with hints of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. 

Cape Charles Brewing Company Beach Bumpkin Pumpkin—Seasonal pumpkin ale with the perfect balance of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice.

Capstan Bar Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale—Ale made with pumpkin and yams. 

Cedar Run Brewery Pick Me! Pumpkin Ale—Farmhouse ale with a spicy aroma of pumpkin pie spice and citrus with a sweet cinnamon flavor.

Chaos Mountain Brewing Legless Horseman—Seasonal pumpkin ale brewed using locally grown pumpkins and a blend of fall spices. 

Commonwealth Brewing Company Pumpkin Juice—Smooth pumpkin cream ale made with all your favorite fall spices. 

Corcoran Brewing Company Dark Apprentice Pumpkin Porter—Brown porter with the added flavor of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. 

Dirt Farm Brewing pumpkin beers
Photo Credit: Lauren Middledorf

Dirt Farm Brewing Pumpkin Ale—Ale brewed with roasted neck pumpkins grown on the brewery farm and mildly spiced for a smooth flavor. 

Friendly Fermenter “Excuse Me Sir”—Imperial pumpkin ale.

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

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Rum Barrel Pumpkin—Farmhouse Ale made with Virginia-grown sugar pumpkins, whole nutmeg, clove, allspice, and fresh ginger root, then aged in rum barrels. 

Home Republic Brewery Oh My Gourd Pumpkin!—Pumpkin ale. 

James River Brewery Sunkin’ Punkin’—Pumpkin beer with subtle notes of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. 

Loose Shoe Brewing Company Headless Horseman—Subtle spices in a pumpkin ale. 

Midnight Brewery Jack My Pumpkin—Pumpkin spiced ale.

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

Notaviva Craft Fermentations “Katrina” Pumpkin Spice Ale—Spiced ale with flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and vanilla. 

Ono Brewing Company Jack O’—Light-bodied pumpkin ale with caramel and red malts, brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pumpkin. 

Pleasure House Brewing Tricks—Pumpkin/yam French saison with flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and other pie spices. 

Red Dragon Brewery Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Harvest—Autumn brew aged in bourbon barrels from A. Smith Bowman Distillery. 

Redbeard Brewing Company Sweet Potato Pie Porter—Dark brown porter brewed with real sweet potato pie filling. 

Seven Sisters Brewery Bridget—Honey pumpkin porter with flavors of pumpkin spiced balanced with sweetness from honey and orange peel. 

Sinistral Brewing Company Yankey Farms Pumpkin Ale
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Sinistral Brewing Company Yankey Farms Pumpkin Ale—Ale made with over 30 pounds of longnecks roasted with brown sugar and cinnamon.

South Street Brewing Company Twisted Gourd—Chai-spiced Imperial chocolate pumpkin ale.

Spencer Devon Brewing Company Snead’s Squash Harvest Ale—Dark English mild ale made with Georgia Candy Roaster Squash from nearby Snead’s Farm, roasted with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey. 

Sweetwater Tavern Ghost Town Pumpkin Ale—A lightly spiced but sweet balanced ale made with real pumpkin. 

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run Pumpkin Drublic—Pumpkin/yam beer made with pumpkin puree, hand-blended spices, and hazelnut/praline syrup. 

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery So Help Me Gourd—Sweet potato pie-inspired pastry stout with vanilla and allspice. 

the veil brewing company creep DIPA holiday pumpkin beer
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The Veil Brewing Company Creep—Pumpkin Pie DIPA.

Tin Cannon Brewing Company Punk’Tin Ale—Pumpkin/yam beer made with five pounds of pumpkin per barrel and carefully spiced for flavor. 

Twin Creeks Brewing Company Imperial Pumpkin—Pumpkin beer. 

Wood Ridge Farm Brewery Basic Witch—Stout blended with coffee, pumpkin, and spices. 

Woodstock Brewhouse Shrumpkin Pumpkin Amber Ale—Fall seasonal ale with roasted local pumpkins. 

Worthog Brewery Frankenpiez—Amber ale that blends pumpkin, apple, and spices.

—GINGERBREAD BEERS—

2 Silos Brewing Company Gingerbread Ale—Spiced winter seasonal crafted with ginger, cinnamon, and clove.

Adventure Brewing Company Mary Washington’s Gingerbread—Brown ale made with Mary Washington’s original gingerbread recipe, tastes like cookies in a glass. 

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Gingerbread Stout—Imperial Milk Stout made with fresh ginger and wildflower honey.

hardywood park brewing company christmas morning beer
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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.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Bourbon Barrel GBS—Imperial gingerbread stout aged 12 weeks in Virginia bourbon barrels. 

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Apple Brandy Barrel GBS—Imperial gingerbread stout aged in apple brandy barrels. 

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Rye Barrel GBS—Imperial gingerbread stout aged in rye barrels.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Rum Barrel GBS—Imperial gingerbread stout aged in Caribbean dark rum barrels for 12 weeks.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Double Barrel GBS—Imperial spiced gingerbread stout aged in bourbon barrels, then aged again in rum barrels. 

James River Brewery Gingerbread Brown Ale—Brown ale with notes of ginger, molasses, and cinnamon. 

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

Tin Cannon Brewing Company Ginger Snap Amber Ale—Winter holiday ale with ginger, molasses, and spices. 

—HOLIDAY SPICED BEERS—

Adventure Brewing Company Candy Cane Stout—A creamy stout with roasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint. 

Adventure Brewing Company Snowshoe Spiced Winter Ale—A lightly spiced winter ale with orange peel, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger.

alewerks brewing company fun old fashioned family christmas ale
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Alewerks Brewing Company Fun, Old-Fashioned Family Christmas Ale—Chestnut colored strong ale with a blend of nutmeg, vanilla, clove, and other holiday spices. 

Back Bay Brewing Company Nut Quacker Holiday Beer
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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.

Beale’s Maple Vanilla Porter—English porter made with Vermont maple syrup and hand-split Madagascar vanilla beans, then aged in rum barrels.

Beale's Mama Crockett's Donut Stout beer
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Beale’s Mama Crockett’s Donut Stout—Imperial oatmeal stout brewed in collaboration with Mama Crockett’s Donuts.

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

Blue Mountain Brewery Blitzen—A spicy Belgian beer made with Belgian candi sugar and French and German Hops. 

Blue Mountain Brewery Tree Day Christmas Ale—Belgian-style holiday ale that has been barrel-aged for three years.

Blue Mountain Brewery Lights Out Beer
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Blue Mountain Brewery Lights Out—Full-bodied holiday ale. ‘

Brass Cannon Brewing Maple Me Crazy—A smooth flavorful stout swirled with sweet maple. 

Brew Republic Bierwerks Commonwealth Christmas—A seasonally-spiced ale brewed with caramel, wheat, roasted barley, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, and honey. 

Cape Charles Brewing Company Peppermint Milkshake Stout—Smooth seasonal stout with balanced notes of peppermint.

Center of the Universe Brewing Company Jesus Mexican Hot Chocolate Imperial Stout—Spicy Imperial stout with flavors of cayenne peppers, cinnamon, and a dash of vanilla. 

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

Creek Bottom Brewing Mistress Claus Beer
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Creek Bottom Brewing Mistress Claus—Imperial chocolate holiday stout.

Deschutes Brewery Jubelale—Winter ale with a warm spiciness and a robust malt character of toffee and dusted cocoa. 

Escutcheon Brewing Company Christmas Ale—Red IPA balanced with sweetness from caramel malts, bitterness from Chinook hops, and organic cacao nibs, tastes of chocolate and pine on the nose. 

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

Legend Brewing Company Winter White—Belgian witbier with handpicked flavors of coriander and orange peel. 

midnight brewing company christmas at midnight holiday beer

Midnight Brewery Christmas at Midnight—Spiced ale. 

Mountain Valley Brewing Fall Into Winter—Nut brown ale lightly spiced with hints of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

New Realm Brewing Company Oaxaca Choca—Imperial Mexican chocolate stout brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, chili peppers, and locally-roasted cacao nibs. 

O’Connor Brewing Company Ibrik—Imperial coffee stout that is bourbon barrel-aged with vanilla and cinnamon. 

Old Trade Brewery Maple Tri-Corner—A seasonal brown ale co-fermented with locally sourced maple syrup.

old ox brewery keg nog holiday beer
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Old Ox Brewery Keg Nog—Spiced/herbed beer with spiced flavors of nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Origin Beer Lab Jolly Jaunt—Macon Mint Milkshake beer with four pounds of candy canes added. 

Port City Brewery Tidings Holiday Ale
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Port City Brewing Company Tidings Ale—Belgian-style blonde ale brewed with local wildflower honey and Virginia-grown wheat. Gently spiced with coriander, cardamom, fresh ginger, and Grains of Paradise. 

Quattro Goomba’s Brewery Vanilla Thrilla—Vanilla flavored Scottish ale with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. 

Quattro Goomba’s Brewery Winter Belgian Quad—Belgian strong dark ale with flavors of caramel, dark sugar, raisins, figs, plums, and clove. 

redbeard brewing company holiday beer Photo Credit: Grow Photography
Photo Credit: Grow Photography

Redbeard Brewing Company 2019 XMAS Beer—Chocolate peppermint stout. 

Smartmouth Brewing Company Holiday Helper beer
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Smartmouth Brewing Company Holiday Helper—Red ale with a crisp, sweet, spicy aroma. 

Starr Hill Brewery Last Leaf—Maple brown ale brewed with Virginia maple syrup, vanilla, and winter spices. 

Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock beer
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Starr Hill Brewery Snow Blind—Dobblebock lager.

Sweetwater Tavern Happy Trails Christmas Ale—A holiday ginger-spiced ale. 

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

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

The Virginia Beer Company Vanilla Evil Santa—Spiced milk stout spiked with vanilla beans. 

The Virginia Beer Company Double Evil Santa—Imperial spiced milk stout that has been aged in bourbon barrels for four months, culminating in flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, caramel, and vanilla. 

The Virginia Beer Company Mocha Evil Santa—Spiced milk stout blended with mocha cold brew coffee from Ironclad Coffee Roasters. 

Three Notch’d Brewing Company Spruce Double IPA—IPA with a natural piney profile. 

Tradition Brewing Company Winter Lager Schwarzbier—German Schwarzbier, a black lager. 

Woodstock Brewhouse Krampus Holiday Ale—Medium-bodied holiday ale with hints of caramel and a subtle heat from fresh ginger balanced with dried orange peel. 

—HOLIDAY NUTS & BERRY BEERS—

Adventure Brewing Company Merry Berry Pilsner—Light and crisp berry pilsner with slightly sour raspberry notes on the front and a crisp, clean finish. 

Alewerks Brewing Company Cranberry Weekend Lager—Begins as their flagship Weekend Lager beer before being infused with hundreds of pounds of cranberries. 

Brass Cannon Brewing Crandom Encounter—Cranberry-infused wheat beer that is fruity and light.

Buffalo Mountain Brewery Gettin’ Figgy With It—Abby-style Belgian ale with cinnamon spice. 

ballast point brewery spruce tip sculpin holiday beer

Ballast Point Brewing Company Spruce Tip Sculpin IPA—A cool winter spin on their signature IPA.

Caiseal Cranberry Walnut Ale—Golden ale made with roasted walnuts and cranberry puree. 

Coelacanth Brewing Sauce—Orange cranberry sour ale.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company Cherry Pie Lager—Lager made with real cherries during the fermentation process, subtle spice flavors like cinnamon, pepper, and hibiscus. 

Dogtown Brewing Company Code Red Cherry Pils—Cherry pilsner. 

Eavesdrop Brewery Winkie Cran Wit—Medium bodied witbier with notes of orange peel, clove, and stone fruit. Slight tart cranberry finish. 

Isley Brewing Company Rudolph the Red Ale Reindeer—A traditional Irish red ale infused with warm cinnamon and fresh cranberry puree. Flavors of caramel, winter spice, and juicy cranberries. 

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

New Realm Brewing Company Tart’s Content—Richly fruited Berliner Weisse with tart citrus and spiced fall flavors of cranberry, orange, and cinnamon. 

old bust head chestnut beer
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Old Bust Head Brewing Company Chinquapin Chestnut Porter—Chestnut porter made with real chestnuts and brewed with a blend of dark malts. 

Olde Salem Brewing Colorshow—Cranberry and plum sour beer

Quattro Goomba’s Brewery Dark Side Cherry—Chocolate cherry milk stout made with over 40 pounds of sweet milk chocolate and 80 pounds of tart cherries. 

Random Row Brewing Company Cranberry Gose—Sour gose infused with pureed cranberry.

Stable Craft Brewing Cranberry Kettle Sour—Sour ale made with fresh cranberries.  

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run Gluhweizen: Cranberry-Spice—German Dunkelweizen wheat beer with aromas of cranberry, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. 

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery Das Yummy—Cranberry/cherry cobbler-style Berliner weisse. 

Twisted Knot Brewing Wheatie Pops—Cranberry and orange wheat beer. 

Winchester Brew Works #Glamping Holiday Shandy—A refreshing shandy made with cranberry and orange. 

Wolf Hills Brewing Company Blackstrap Pecan Porter—Sweet porter enhanced by pecan extract. 

 Woodstock Brewhouse Capola Mountain Chestnut Ale—Winter ale made with locally sourced chestnuts. 

—SPICED APPLE BEERS—

2 Silos Brewing Company Apple Pie Ale—Seasonal ale made with Virginia apples and spiced with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and clove. 

Beale’s Spiced Apple Ale—English ale fermented with local apple cider concentrated in-house and then blended with seasonal spices. 

Fine Creek Brewing Company Cider ale beer
Photo Credit: Jess Jones

Fine Creek Brewing Company Graff Belgian-Style Cider-Ale Hybrid—Rye-spiced ale and cider blend made with ripe red apples. 

Gloucester Brewing Company Johnny Apple Beer—Fruity take on their popular cream ale with a crisp taste reminiscent of apple cider.

Old Bust Head Brewing Company Apple Cinnamon Bright Prospect—Belgian golden ale with a hint of spice from hand-broken cinnamon sticks and Belgian yeast. 

Old Bust Head Brewing Company Cran-Apple Gose—Gose-style flavored wheat ale conditioned on a puree of cranberries and apples.

Rising Silo Brewery Apple ‘Atcha Pale Lager—Crisp, dry, slightly tart lager made with a blend of apples from Seven Springs Farm. 

 

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