Here comes Santa Claus beers

Christmas beer season is in full swing, judging by the impressive Kegmas Tree at Flying Fish (above).

You’ve already stocked up on the classics – Troegs Mad Elf, Sly Fox Christmas, Evil Genius Santa! I Know Him! and Fegley’s Rude Elf.

Here’s a sampling of some of the lesser-known locals:

Merry X Mas Ale, Urban Village – Belgian Style with fruits and spices. 9% abv. Available in cans at the Northern Liberties brewery.

Reindeer’s Revenge, Iron Hill – Belgian golden ale, with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, spice and banana. 9% abv. Available at all brewpub locations in cans.

Boughs of Barley, Cape May – Barrel-aged imperial stout. Two variants: cognac barrel (11% abv) and Scotch whisky barrel (11.1% abv). Bottles and draft.

Heat Miser, Love City – Winter warmer, spiced with cinnamon, star anise, & cloves. Draft.

Jolly Quad, Devil’s Creek – Belgian quadruple with raisin and plum flavors. 11% abv. Draft.

Notafingah Winter Warmer, Village Idiot – Spiced ale. 7.5% abv. First keg tapped on Saturday (12/1) at the brewery’s 4th annual Lighting of the Leg ceremony.

Naughty List, Naked Brewing – Belgian-style strong ale fermented with cherries. 11.2% abv. Draft released at Festivus party Dec. 15.

Milk & Cookies, Stable 12/Rebel Hill collaboration – Imperial chocolate milk stout. Draft and cans, release Dec. 15.

Spice Trade, Tuckahoe Brewing – Amber ale brewed with cinnamon, ginger, clove and allspice. Draft.

Blitzen Brown Ale, Midnight Oil – Smoked chocolate brown ale. 5.5% abv. Draft release Monday (12/3).

We’ll sample some of these and others in an upcoming episode of What’s Brewing TV with Glen Macnow and Joe Sixpack. Meanwhile, do you have a favorite Christmas beer or winter warmer in Philly Beer World? Tell us in the comments below!

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