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Wednesday Food: Holiday Beer Pairing Part 4

A friend recently brought to my attention the lyrics of Here We Come A-wassailing.  The opening line is the only lyric I ever knew, but the song goes on to paint a charming tale of cockney street urchins caroling on about ‘good health’ to the aristocrats in exchange for a splash of cider, mulled wine, or beer.  A cynic would view this as a final desperate attempt of the sorriest socioeconomic sufferers to ward off famine and freezing.  But dear readers, is it not the point of the holidays to put thoughts of the innocent oppressed behind you and just get tanked?

If that is your holiday modus operandi, I suggest a bottle of Mikkeller’s Santa’s Little Helper, or Ommegang Adoration to assist in your exploits.  Both are expensive and exquisite.  And because you’re already spending 2011’s earnings on perishables, how about a little more indulgence– a wedge of aged Gruyère and a few ounces of prosciutto.  Combine with a few more luxury food items and you’ve got this simple but delicious leek and Gruyère tart.

In case you need other– somewhat less extravagant– brew suggestions, my holiday favorites of 2010: Great Divide Hibernation, He’brew Jewbelation 12, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Southern Tier Old Man Winter, De Dolle Stille Nacht, Corsendonk Christmas, Bell’s Winter White.

May your days be prosperous and pint glasses be full.


December 22, 2010 - Posted by | Wednesday Food


  1. A thousand agreements re: Stille Nacht. Such a lovely beer.

    Comment by Brad Johnson | December 22, 2010

  2. Mikkeller is awesome. I say this having only had one of his/their/its beers (Beer Geek Brunch).

    Comment by ben | December 22, 2010

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