It’s that time of year again, when our schedules are packed to the brim with end of the year meetings, holiday shopping, travel plans and lots of holiday parties! Those of you who have saved all your vacation days, job well done. You can sit back and relax and enjoy your free time, while the rest of us try to fit it all in before the end of the year (or world).
For those not so lucky, we’d like to focus on the brighter side of things. Time spent at holiday parties with friends, family and coworkers (even those you aren’t fond of), reminiscing about the “pits and peaks” of the last 365 days.
There are a few must haves when it comes to holiday parties:
First, depending on the party, you may or may not need an ugly sweater. If so, it is likely that mom and dad, or grandma and grandpa, might have the most perfect ugly sweater waiting for you in their closet. Ask politely to borrow it and definitely don’t use the word “ugly”.
Food is next. Every party has to have some amazing food, whether it is an assortment of finger foods to nibble on, or a feast of prime rib with grilled veggies and mashed potatoes. Don’t skimp here if you are put in charge of this task, be sure to have something for everyone, especially the kids, those with allergies or vegetarian needs.
Next on the list would have to be those holiday treats that help us insulate ourselves for the upcoming wintery months. Little sugary cookies all decorated with sprinkles, no bake peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s kisses punched in the middle, and homemade fudge are just a few that should line the dessert table.
Now, for maybe the most important part, libations. For some, if not most of us, this is the time of year to splurge a little. Whether it be your shopping habits, eating all those treats we talked about above, or maybe it’s enjoying those nice beers that only come out for a few months out of the year. Winter seasonal beers are created to reflect the traditional tastes, smells and flavors of this time of year. Often they include spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger and contain toasted malts giving them a caramel-like appearance.
As the host of the party has worked hard to cook, clean and set up this sure-to-be-wonderful party, you to stop at the liquor store and pick up a few refreshments to enjoy as a way of saying thanks. We promise that it will be appreciated by all who are there!
Here are a few of our favorites that we enjoy sharing with others!
- Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
- Boulder Beer Killer Penguin
- Boulder Beer Never Summer Ale
- Coors Winterfest
- Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
- New Belgium Snow Day
- New Belgium Frambozen
- Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale