Craft Beer Weekly – A Guide To The Top Christmas Edition Beers


Christmas is everywhere. Whether you like it or not, there is no escape, so you might as well embrace it and make it fun. It's the busiest time of the year for most people and there are lots of preparations to be done. Our Irish craft brewers have been very busy brewing Christmas specials and winter warmers and we have a huge selection to choose from this year. But during this manic season, it can be hard to find the time to look around online for what's available. So I thought it'd be handy to make a list of all Irish Christmas and winter beers. Fear not, I've got your Hoppy Christmas covered. This list is all you need. Click on the beer names to find out about ingredients, tasting notes, and so on. Clicking on the brewery names will bring you to their social media sites where you can find out where to get the beers.

Note that this list is NOT in any particular order!

O'Hara's - Winter Star and Leann Folláin aged in Irish Whiskey Barrels


Trouble Brewing - Dash Away Cherry Chocolate Stout


Eight Degrees Brewing - "Very Imperial Winter" trilogy: Russian Imperial Stout, Belgian Dubbel and Double Irish


White Gypsy - Yule Ól, A Winter's Ale and Dark Night


Dungarvan Brewing Co.Coffee and Oatmeal Stout


St. Mel's Brewing Co.Raisin and Oatmeal Stout


West Kerry BreweryRiasc Black


(Thanks to John – TheBeerNut for the pic!)

Rascal's Brewing Co.Chocolate Ginger Porter


Brehon BreweryShanco Dubh Porter


Independent BrewingIndependent Whiskey Stout


Mescan BreweryWestport Red Tripel


Last but not least, the good folks at Galway Bay Brewery are going to be announcing their Christmas special very soon, too, so keep an eye on them as well.

That's a grand total of 17 beers! Enough to keep you entertained and hoppy over the entire Christmas period. Time to get sampling!

Read More in Feature