What type of beer should I leave for Santa on Christmas Eve?
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I can still remember the days of my youth, or more exactly, at least back to
the days when my nephews were young, and they asked their Grandmother if they
could leave milk and cookies for Santa. Their stockings were hung by the chimney
with care when my brother piped in, "Don't you think Santa would rather
have a beer with his cookies?"
My Mom grimaced at the thought and said, "Cookies and beer? Yuck!"
Well, after years of dedicated scientific study, including considerable liquid
research, I have concluded that you can in fact leave beer and cookies for Santa,
provided, of course, you leave the right type of beer.
Most beers by their nature are rather bitter. My mother was quite right in perceiving that an ordinary beers clash strongly with the sweet nature of cookies. However, find a good rich beer, infused with its own malty sweetness, and now you're talking. Take a porter or a sweet stout, and you have a beer that fits right in. Other styles such as Scottish Ale or Dopplebock work well too. We are also fortunate that several seasonal specialty beers hit the market just in time for Santa's visit.
I'm not talking Sierra
Celebration ale here. Way too bitter for cookies. If you want to leave one
for Santa, make sure you leave the cap on so he can take it back to the North
Pole. He won't want to drink it with the cookies, but he will sure appreciate
it when he has finished his world-wide delivery stint and has a chance to kick
back. In the meantime, here are some that he will appreciate while he is en-route
and the cookies are still warm.
Anchor Christmas is a pretty good choice. The blend of spices fits the bill,
especially if you are serving gingerbread cookies. Or, try my very own Holiday
spice ale if you're serving snooker doodles with that cinnamon tang.
To really get on Santa's nice list, try some of the Belgian seasonal beers.
One of the Corsendonk Christmas will put you near the top of the list, as would
the festively-decorated Scaldis Noel bottles. Delirium Noel is another good
If you're feeling naughty, try a Fantome Noel.
Some years this is quite an interesting beer. Other years it is just plain weird.
If Santa knows that you are one of the bad types, and you want to make him
forget, try pouring a Samichlaus. At 14%, he won't remember who's been naughty
or nice. About the only thing he will remember is that someone left him a beer
with his name on it.
And finally, don't forget to leave some beer for the reindeer. It took me a
long time to figure out just exactly why Rudolph's nose is so red.