12 Reasons Why You Should Drink Beer Over The Holidays (By Vern Lambourne)

Every year we dread having to go shopping for the holiday season as it is just insane. We also dread some of the other parts of the Christmas/Holiday season as well. Well Vern Lambourne the Brewmaster at Granville Island Brewing has written a list of the ” 12 Reasons Why You Should Drink Beer Over The Holidays”. Looking over the list I personally I felt most of the list resonated fairly well with me personally. With that said I present to you his list!

12 Reasons Why You Should Drink Beer Over The Holidays

1. To make shopping marathons more bearable
Long line-ups and endless searches to find the perfect gift are inevitable during the holiday season, but shopping pain doesn’t have to be. Treat yourself to a lunch brew or two to break up the day, and make the mall marathon more tolerable.
2. To put up with your annoying relatives
You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Although we all love our kooky clans, there’s nothing like a beer remedy to increase your tolerance for these inescapable awkward encounters.
3. To flush out those heavy holiday meals
Beer, especially dark beer, like Barley Wine, contains fibre. After countless servings of turkey, potatoes and stuffing, you’ll be grateful to have counteracted those holiday helpings with a beverage that will keep you regular and absorb feast fats.
4. To deal with your in-laws
Enough said.
5. To help you sleep during the cold winter months
Beer hops contain chemical properties that promote the zzzs. Drink a hoppy beer at dinner to help you snooze throughout those cool Canadian nights.
6. To cheers to the end of a perfect day on the slopes
The robust flavour of winter warm beers, like Lions Winter Ale, are the perfect pairing to winter escapades. Come in from the cold and celebrate the best winter has to offer.
7. To act as your plus one
Whether it’s a work holiday party or a New Years Eve bash, a roasty bottle of beer is the ideal stand-in for an actual date. Already have a plus one? Grab two beers and make it a double date.
8. To keep you hoppy and healthy for the holidays
Hops contained in beer contain antiviral properties that fight against cold-like symptoms in adults. Though we don’t recommend using alcohol as a primary medicinal source, we beer lovers can dream.
9. To prove that you’re a knowledgeable holiday host
Impress your guests by pairing a delicious Honey Smoked Scallop and Bacon Chowder with a hearty Lions Winter Ale, or a smooth Pot de Crème with a rich Chocolate Imperial Stout.
10. To implement your best Saint Nick impression
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry…
11. To spread the holiday cheer(s)
Beer is the quintessential social beverage. Drink a few beers, share a few laughs and cheers to lasting memories this holiday season.
12. To save up for the next holiday season
After all the gift exchanges and elaborate holiday events, you’ll surely search for ways to make extra cash in the new year. Return your empties to the Granville Island Brewing retail store and receive 10 cents for each GIB recycled bottle/can. After a holiday season of beer drinking, it will be the gift that keeps on giving…

Well there you have it. Does this list resonate with you at all over the holiday season? I would love to hear what my followers have to say on this topic!

Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Launch at Craft Beer Market – Vancouver

Everyone remembers their chocolate advent calendars from their childhood but why should kids have all the fun?  Two of the biggest craft breweries in BC have come together to create the ultimate Adult Advent Calendar in East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 and Surrey’s Central City Brewers & Distillers.  It’s called the Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown ’24 Days of Exciting Surprises’.  The pack is a mix of Parallel 49 and Central City brews with at least two tricks up its sleeve.


To celebrate the launch of this exciting product both breweries came together and hosted an invite only party at Craft Beer Market in the Olympic Village in Vancouver.  The lucky people that attended the event were able to sample two unique beer that will be showing up in this advent calendar.  Both are collaboration beers one brewed at Central City’s brewery and one brewed at Parallel 49’s facility.

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Brewed at Parallel 49 Brewing was the “Schwarzward Porter” a black forest cake porter that was quite delicious.  At Central City the “Dubbel Trubbel Belgian” was created by adding rum soaked raisins to a Belgian Dubbel.

At the event they had one of the Mystery Gift packs on display and it looks awesome.  Not only does it look like a wrapped Christmas present but on the top of the box there is a numbered perforated door for each days beer.  On the top of the box it also has a tag in the design so you can give it as a gift!


The entire crew from both breweries were on hand and chatted with the people in attendance about the product.  It is very apparent that both breweries are very excited about this product and can not wait for it to be December 1st!

This product will sell very fast so it is in your best interest to head to your local BC Liquor Store of your favourite private liquor store asap!

Click this link to find it at BC Liquor Stores near you

Here are a few closeup shots of the box for your enjoyment.  Yes mine does say From: Mike To: Mike!

Here are the full sized photos.

The Twelve Beers of Christmas – 9 – Howe Sound Brewing Father Johns Winter Ale

Steve’s Ninth Beer of Christmas is Howe Sound Brewing of Squamish’s Father John’s Winter Ale.

Let’s get this part out of the way now: I love this beer. OK on to the review.

Starting on a great brown colour with red highlight with a reddish brown head. The beer is slightly cloudy and fairly opaque.

The nose has mellow cedar with tropical fruit underneath (maybe papaya?). A bit of faint cinnamon or nutmeg floats underneath everything and just a hint of candy sweetness but not too much and a malty roundness finishes the aromas.

The flavours start bold and almost rough with brown ale and rough acid fade quickly to papaya with an almost sake-like rice flavour. A cedar aftertaste is very nice and I wait very long between sips to enjoy it. The mouthfeel is full and rich with a buttery feel.

Yup, love this beer

The 12 Beers of Christmas – 1 – Wychwood Brewery Bah Humbug Christmas Ale

(From Oxfordshire England’s Wychwood Brewery comes the “Bah Humbug Christmas Ale” added by Mike)

The first beer of Christmas on my list is a surprisingly hoppy Christmas ale.

Pleasant red-brown colour reminiscent of gingerbread with a white head that reminds me of icing.

There is a great gingerbread nose with emphasis on nutmeg with nice piney hop backing it. Faint notes of plum are on the tail end of the nose. Very Christmas-y smelling.

As I mentioned before this is a surprisingly hoppy Christmas ale, though not in a bad way. The pine and bitterness balance very nicely with the molasses notes and nice round mouthfeel. There are hints of spice that are refreshingly understated in a Christmas ale.

While it is not particularly complex Bah Humbug is a pleasant beer and something I will happily drink again.


Christmas Beeracle! – Dead Frog Brewery

From Aldergrove BC’s Dead Frog comes their “Winter Beeracle.  This beer is a very nicely spiced winter beer that reminds me of the complexities of a mulled wine but it is only 5% alcohol.  This is very distinctly a christmas Amber Ale including the spices cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.  Like all Christmas Beer this is a winter run only and I was lucky enough to stumble upon a bottle in a family members fridge!  If you enjoy christmas beer than this is a beer that you must try when winter rolls around again!

Updated from my old beer blog