There are some new Christmas beers on the way. AleSmith has renamed what I thought was its holiday beer, Winter YuleSmith, Double Red IPA. It is a hoppy, imperial red ale. In news to anyone who has ever purchased Winter YuleSmith as a Christmas seasonal beer, on December 11, Alesmith is releasing what it is calling its "first Christmas beer ever." I guess the beer that I have been drinking every year for last twelve years or so that came in a bottle with green and red lettering surrounded by a holly design was not a Christmas beer. The new, official holiday beer is AleSmith Noel. It is a "Belgian-style holiday ale brewed with wintry spices." Oh, those tangy wintry spices are my favorite. While I wait for next week's Noel release, I'll enjoy the beer formerly called Winter YuleSmith, as it is one of the best imperial red ales ever.
Green Flash has opted for an imperial IPA to celebrate the holidays. I don't expect any mystery from an imperial IPA, especially one from Green Flash. Green Flash has a poem on its Facebook page that describes Holly Jolly as a "mistake," which makes me think its new holiday beer is a remake of 2012's amazing, actual mistake, Jolly Folly. If I am right, Holly Jolly is a must try beer.