12 Beers of Christmas: Marin Brewing Company Hoppy Holidaze

Traditionally, the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas‘ marks the twelve days following Christmas from December 25th to January 6th. But we thought it would be a lot more fun to write 12 blogs posts about 12 different winter seasonal beers in the 12 days leading up to Christmas. These beers would make great gifts for whichever holiday you celebrate and make sure to put your drinking hat on because these winter beers are not for the faint-hearted. This year’s ‘partridge in a pear tree’ is Marin Brewing Company’s Hoppy Holidaze.

Brewery: Marin Brewing Company
City: Larkspur, CA
Beer: Hoppy Holidaze Christmas Ale
Style: Christmas Spice Ale
ABV: 7.5%
Notes: Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cloves, Spices, Citrus, Smooth Finish

Marin Brewing Company Hoppy Holidaze

Finally a Christmas Ale that really has the spice I was looking for. After being poured a pint of Marin Brew Co’s Hoppy Holidaze Christmas Ale, I immediately noticed that this beer didn’t overwhelm my senses with a hoppy aroma as the title might indicate. Instead, my nose was filled with interesting spices – especially nutmeg and vanilla. The first sip hits you with a splash of unexpected spices, reminding you of cloves, nutmeg, and something that’s a little sweet and spicy. However, as you swallow, the flavor reveals its true intensity, leaving your palate with a smooth and refreshing after taste.

What I like most about the Hoppy Holidaze is that it gives you the kick and spice that you’re looking for, but doesn’t leave a strong bitter taste in your mouth. Often I need a beer that wakes me and shocks my palate – so I’ll go for a strong and bitter IPA. However, if you’re in the mood to enjoy a beer that reflects the holiday season, hop over to the Marin Brew Co and grab yourself a tasty Holidaze pint, you won’t be disappointed.

For you hop-heads that want something deliciously bitter and piney, try their Brass Knuckle Double IPA on tap this week. Their beers are also available at Bev Mo, Mollie’s Stones, Woodland’s Market, Whole Foods, and other liquor stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.


The Holidaze is not on tap this week, but I recommend the Brass Knuckle Double IPA if you’re looking for a hoppy adventure with a high alcoholic beer or the Brew Co’s famous Peach and Blueberry Ales.

Point Reyes Porter
San Quentin Stout
Moylan’s Winter Lager
Stinson Beach Peach Ale
Blueberry Ale
Brass Knuckle Double IPA
Old Dipsea Barleywine
Tiburon Blonde

Tune in tomorrow for the second beer of Christmas!


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1 Response to 12 Beers of Christmas: Marin Brewing Company Hoppy Holidaze

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