Brewers in Lancaster and the surrounding area are creating beers that channel warm holiday flavors including spices, cherries and even egg nog. These toasty libations are best enjoyed after a long day of shopping, while celebrating the season with friends, or paired with a warm meal shared with a loved one.
So when it’s time to get out of the cold and warm up, do so with a pint of one of the area’s winter brews:
Odin’s Ale from JoBoy’s Brew Pub | ABV: 9%
JoBoy’s winter ale is an ode to Odin, the god of intoxicating drink from medieval folk lore. A true taste of the season, this ale is brewed with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange and honey, then aged to perfection over the year.
Grab one on tap or in 22 oz bottles at JoBoy’s in Lititz.
Mad Elf & Mad Elf Grand Cru from Tröegs | ABV: 11%
A winter beer list wouldn’t be complete without Tröegs cheerful Christmas beer, Mad Elf. With an ABV of 11%, this brew packs a punch with notes of cherries, raw honey, cocoa, cinnamon, clove and allspice. This year, Tröegs is escalating the madness with Mad Elf Grand Cru – a twist on the classic elf made with tart Balaton cherries.
Catch a Mad Elf at Tröegs Tasting Room in Hershey, along with select locations around the county. Mad Elf Grand Cru is only available in cork & cage bottles, and may be a little harder to find.
Naughty & Spiced Winter Warmer from Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey | ABV: 8.4%
For a taste of Christmas, the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey is serving up a winter-spiced Wee Heavy (like a Scottish ale). This warming brew is full of seasonal spices and notes including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange zest – much like a liquid gingerbread cookie.
Served up at the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey in various vessels including on tap and in 12 oz cans.
Winter Warmer Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company | ABV: 8.9%
For a winter warmer with gusto, check out Lancaster Brewing Company’s Winter Warmer Ale – a full-bodied ale with deep, malt richness. This winter ale doesn’t feature the typical spices of the season, but is sure to warm you up.
Grinnin’ Grizzley Holiday Spiced Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company | ABV: 5.7%
A holiday brew that will have you grinning from ear to ear, Appalachian Brewing Company’s seasonal brew is an amber ale full of the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and fresh orange zest. You’ll love this well-balanced ale, especially if you enjoy light hop notes and mild spiciness.
Swing by their Lititz BrewPub to find this ale on tap.
The Martians Kidnap Santa! Egg Nog Stout from Springhouse Brewing Company | ABV: 8.4%
Springhouse Brewing Company’s winter milk stout puts a spin on the classic Christmas concoction with a quirky name to match. This festive beer is rich and creamy, topped with cinnamon and nutmeg, and will get you in the holiday spirit.
Other than Beer:
Gingerbread Cider from Lancaster County Cider | ABV: 5.5%
Hard apple cider meets gingerbread cookies with Lancaster County Cider’s holiday beverage. Semi-sweet cider is combined with brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, creating a light and refreshing holiday spirit.
Try it for yourself at Mount Hope Estate & Winery.
Dry Cranberry Cider from Levengoods of Lancaster | ABV: 5.5%
Levengoods of Lancaster is a local cidery, fairly new to the brewing scene in Lancaster. In addition to their fantastic original ciders (original, dry and sweet), they’re serving up a dry cranberry cider this holiday season, rich with cranberry and apple flavors – fresh, clean, and crisp.
Grab a pint at their shop on King Street in Downtown Lancaster.