Santa’s Favourite Holiday Suds

Santa’s Favourite Holiday Suds

While it is well known that Santa is an ardent lover of milk and cookies, it is a lesser known fact that he is also a fan of craft beer.  In particular, the old boy is a devotee of Canadian suds.  Didn’t you know that Santa Claus is Canadian?  The clues have been right in front of you all these years: he lives at the North Pole and he wears red and white…!  When the hard work of the holiday season is done and it’s time for the jolly old elf to relax, Santa loves to kick back with a cold one, and the beers being produced in Niagara are among his favourites.  Find here just a few of Santa’s top picks for Niagara craft brews.

Niagara College Teaching Brewery’s Strong Ale 101 – $3.75 for 473mL can

It’s cold at the North Pole, and after a hard day of working on his list and checking it twice, Santa wants to relax with a beer that is strong enough to warm his chilled bones.  Every beer from Niagara College Teaching Brewery’s ‘101’ series is designed to be a classic example of a particular style.  Strong Ale 101 is a high alcohol beer (7.5% abv) sure to warm Santa’s body and soul.  Enjoy flavours of malt, fruit esters, toffee and vanilla.

Niagara Oast House Brewers’ Biere de Noel – $16.02 for 750mL bottle

Some may accuse Santa of being vain, but he can’t resist picking up this beer with an image of himself on the label!  Niagara Oast House Brewers’ Biere do Noel is a traditional Farmhouse Ale—a style that this brewery specializes in.  Farmhouse Ales were traditionally brewed by farm workers in France and Belgium during the cooler months to be consumed in the summer after a period of ageing.  Niagara Oast House Brewers has aged this beer in Bourbon barrels for 6 months for added complexity and flavour.  Enjoy flavours of malt, baking spices, ginger, figs and chocolate and an extra warming effect from a high alcohol level (7.5% abv).

Bench Brewing Company’s Galaxy Grove Dry Hopped Sour $14 for 32oz can

Every New Year Santa takes a little vacation to a hot destination.  If you think winter is tough in Niagara, just think about the gruelling temperature and fierce winds to be endured at the North Pole!  When in a hotter climate Santa prefers a refreshing sour beer to cool off with.  Bench Brewing Company’s Galaxy Grove Dry Hopped Sour tastes a little funky, along with subtle fruit flavours of dried orange peel, passionfruit, and tangerine pith.  At a slightly lower alcohol level than Santa’s other favourites (6% abv), he’ll be enjoying more than one!


Looking to try some of the beers that are among Santa’s favourite holiday suds?  There is no better way to explore Niagara’s beer scene than with a brewery tour hosted by Bootleggers’ friendly and knowledgeable guides.  Call 1-866-628-5428 today and speak to a guest services agent for more information.  And remember, a Bootleggers gift certificate makes a great gift as well!


By: Michael Twyman, Sommelier and Wine Smart Guide for Niagara Vintage Wine Tours and Bootleggers.

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