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Hoppy holidays: Some beers appear only at this time of year

7:09 AM, Dec. 21, 2012
Many Christmas beers are dark and strong, but Samuel Adams kicks the trend by offering a lighter Belgian witbier with seasonal spices.
Many Christmas beers are dark and strong, but Samuel Adams kicks the trend by offering a lighter Belgian witbier with seasonal spices.
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It's the night before Christmas and all through my house, not a creature is stirring - except maybe for me rummaging through my beer mini-refrigerator for a Christmas beer.

There are no sugar plums in my visions, although the chances are good that I might run into a couple of dark Belgian ales or imperial stouts with plum-like fruit tones.

Whether breweries call them Christmas beers, winter brews or seasonal ales, the intent is the same: to offer a beer that's unique to make beer drinkers feel special during this time of year. ...

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