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If you live anywhere in Central PA and you so much as set foot in a bar, bottle shop or beer distributor over the holiday season, you’re aware of Mad Elf. The Troegs holiday brew is a local beer phenomenon like no other – fans of the Elf start stocking up in October, laying in a supply to last into the New Year. If you’ve never gotten around to trying the Elf, now’s your chance. And if you have tried it, read on for two completely different holiday options.
If you’d prefer a holiday beer that takes a very different direction from the old Elf, give 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat a try. This California beer is fully British in style – an earthy, English dark ale with a wassail-like blend of spices. There’s plenty of cinnamon and clove in the taste (as well as a mix of other spices) but no one flavor takes over and dominates the whole profile.
If, on the other hand, you like the concept of Mad Elf but could do with less cherry, you might go fully Belgian and track down a Delirium Noel from Brouwerij Huyghe (don’t worry, I can’t pronounce it either). Like the Elf, this is a strong (10 percent ABV) Belgian dark ale, but its fruit flavors are more subtle. It’s massively complex, with traces of honey, nuts, clove, figs and caramel maltiness in the taste. Give it a shot –you’ll have a Christmas to remember.