Celebrate the season – whatever it is – with this homemade, slightly spiced ale recipe friends and family will love. A sure hit among all types of beer drinkers, brew it up for gatherings and give as gifts – if there’s any left to give! Why serve eggnog when you can make your own holiday brew?
- Dark amber color
- Hint of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon
- Ingredients include: 6 lb. dark liquid malt extract, 3.15 lb. Amber liquid malt extract, 8 oz. Caramel 60L, 8 oz. Special B specialty grains, 2 oz. of hops, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. ginger, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag
- Dark amber color
- Details & Instructions
4.8 / 5.088 ReviewsWarm in the WinterThis has a very complex flavor and truly does warm you up. I followed the kit recipe exactly and wound up with 6.4% ABV. Add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, and it's a rich, warming brew, even when served ice cold. This also has a good mouth feel with a full body. This is mildly hoppy with a rich maltiness and subtle hints of the spices. I brewed this at the end of August and opened it for Thanksgiving and will be sending it out for Christmas gifts. _x000D__x000D_I did have an issue with bottles bursting during bottle conditioning. I haven't ever had bottles burst during conditioning, but three of the 12-oz bottles I used shattered while in the closet. The box has an estimated ABV of 6.7%. Mine measured a FG of 1.02, which is an estimated ABV of 6.4%. I left this in primary for 2 weeks and in secondary for 7 weeks. I likely had a stuck fermentation in Primary, leaving unfermented sugars, resulting in the bottle bombs. Recommend utilizing a yeast starter in order to fully ferment the high gravity of this.December 20, 2012Great Beer.Very good beer, and as it says will warm you up from the inside out._x000D_Brewed per directions, been in the bottle now for 5 weeks. Perfect timing for the upcoming Holiday season. Will give out a few six packs to some beer snob friends ! LOL - even they will like this._x000D_December 10, 2012Great even for non lovers of dark beers!We couldn't wait so we broke down & sampled a bottle of our Happy Holiday Ale! We bottled two weeks ago & I know you are supposed to give it 2 months to mellow & let the flavors blend but let me just say, I am not usually a fan of dark beers but I was pleasantly surprised by this one!!! The smell of it is wonderful, so warm & Christmas-y, and it wasn't bitter like I normally expect from dark beers. Can't wait to try it again in a few more weeks! I will be purchasing this again for next year I'm sure, only next year I will be wise and purchase in the late summer to give it ample time in the bottle before we drink it during the holiday season! I feel that this is a beer that will be enjoyed by most beer drinkers! Its very festive & warm.December 17, 2012Not a bad brew at allI brewed this about two months ago and let it sit in primary for about three weeks before transferring it to secondary for one month. I kind of wish that I didn't move it to secondary at all, or at least for that long, because the spice flavor really died out with that much aging. There is a slight cinnamon ginger aftertaste, but otherwise the malt is the strongest flavor profile. I would brew this again, but I might skip the secondary in favor of a longer primary. _x000D__x000D_But that's what I get for wanting to free up my primary fermentor for another brew!December 18, 2012happy holiday!!!Brewed the kit as instructed steeping the grains for 60 min. I also, as advised by another reviewer, left the cinnamon stick in the primary fermenter for the first week. _x000D__x000D_As a note, the carbonation was low after 2 weeks but was great after 4 - 5 weeks. Very tasty with a caramel and pepper finish. I like it and have given it as gift to people who say they enjoy it as well!_x000D__x000D_Worth it.December 19, 2012Great holiday aleEveryone loved it! 2.5 gallons didn't even last 3 hoursNovember 24, 2016Purchased
8 months agoDelicious!!!This is the first beer of this style that I have brewed, and is my 5th batch of beer total._x000D__x000D_While it was extremely difficult to wait the full two months before cracking them open, I am very glad I did. _x000D__x000D_This is a delicious dark beer, and to me, it tastes very similar to Morlein ChristKindl. _x000D__x000D_I will absolutely be brewing this again next year.December 27, 2012Great beer!This is the second Happy Holiday Ale I am ordering. Got the first and was a little uncertain as we don't like "fru fru" beers. This has some spice to it but has a great flavor and aroma. Has become a favorite.December 28, 2012Hide some for your self!!Let me start off by saying I followed midwest instructions almost to the letter. I added an extra cinnamon stick to the boil. I also left one cinnamon stick in the primary fermenter. I steeped the grains for 40 minutes between 155 and 162. Left in primary for 2 weeks. Removed cinnamon stick and racked to secondary for 10 weeks and 2 days. Bottle conditioned for 16 weeks 4 days (today time of review)._x000D__x000D_I took this brew to my wifes family christmas get together and it was a HUGE hit! My wifes family is not dark beer drinkers by any means and all were hesitant to try but have liked my previous home brews so all tried. Needless to say the 12 12oz bottles I took were gone in the first night. _x000D__x000D_I get a smell of ginger and nutmeg. It came out very dark amber not quite black but close. Very smooth taste. Good head retention. Very mild hop taste, Faint hop smell, very rich malt flavor. I would brew this beer again!!!January 8, 2013Holiday brewI brewed this in early October thinking I'd have plenty of time for this to age by the holidays. When I opened the instructions it said it was best to let it sit for 4 months. I would have ordered it two months earlier had I known that._x000D_The taste was ok after two months but I had a hard time tasting any of the spices. It was ok, but not great. _x000D_It's been about three months and it's definitely getting better tasting (though I've been drinking it all along and am now down to a few bottles). If I order this again I'd put more spices in than what comes in the kit.January 22, 2013
- Customer Q&A
Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 1 answeris there an expiration on the ingredients as i will be brewing once the weather gets warmer and have for next years festive seasonBEST ANSWER: The malt extract won't expire. Yeast may become dormant over time. Hops will be okay for a few months if stored in a refrigerator. So, I wouldn't wait longer than a few months to brew.