The ultimate list of Xmas beers

The best Christmas beer includes a wide range of domestic and imported beers. Many breweries are making special seasonal beers to appeal to holiday drinkers. Some of these brews combine various Christmastime flavors like vanilla, ginger and cinnamon to give the beer a nice, high-quality flavor. Others are just dark and stout, offering up a classic winter beer to please even the pickiest beer connoisseur. This list includes some of the best beers offered during the holiday season, so be sure to vote for the ones you’ve tried and loved (and vote down the beers you don’t think even Drunk Santa would imbibe).

Great Lakes Christmas Ale comes in at number 2 on the list, but any of our fine beers made Santa’s nice list this year including: Sam Adams Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig  and White Christmas, Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale and Coors Winterfest.

One thing to note about many of these Christmas beers: The alcohol content may be slightly higher than a traditional, domestic beer. Keep that in mind, because once you find the perfect Christmas brew, it’s quite easy to overdo things. Nothing squelches a great holiday gathering among friends and family like a killer Christmas hangover. Ho ho ho!

Click here to check out who made the shirt list.


irie wine & beer fest 9/3/16


Make this weekend memorable. Stop by Shiley Acres for the 2016 Irie Wine, Beer, Blues, & Reggae Festival.

Sunday at 11 AM – 8 PM

This is a family Friendly event with over 125 Wines, more then 10 Craft beers and 20 plus vendors. Moon Bounce, Mechanical Bull, Face Painting and Great Music!!!

Food Babe Attacks Your Favorite Beers.

foodbabeI don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for another round of prohibition. So, unless you’ve been living under a rock (A shout out to all the rock people) you’ve probably heard something about the recent stink of Food Babe vs the big American beer industry.  In case you didn’t know (I didn’t, don’t feel bad) Food Babe is a healthy living blogger on a mission to uncover the ‘truth’ about what’s in our consumables. Sounds reasonable enough. We probably should be more concerned about what we put in our bodies. But if you’re going to call yourself a journalist you should have the decency to at least do your research. And it appears she did just enough research to sound like she researched it…without actually researching it.  This resulted in drafting a petition to Miller Coors in which thousands of people signed.

The Treasury Department (TTB) regulates beer – not the FDA – so beer manufacturers like Anheuser-Busch and Miller Coors are not required to put the ingredients on the label – or on their website. After finding out that we know more about what’s in a bottle of Windex and Coca-Cola than we do one of the world’s most popular drinks, beer; I knew I needed to bring this subject to light.


It’s scary because it sounds so reasonable to someone who knows nothing about beer and is too lazy to use this little thing called “google“.  Type in “Miller Coors Ingredients” and you will find the ingredients listed right on the miller coors site as well as nutrition facts and an entire run down of how they make beer. Sure, Miller Coors may be the big dogs of beer but there’s never been any big mystery about the beer they make. Jay Brooks of the Boston Beer Bulletin writes:

For just one example, she claimed glycol was in beer. But that’s merely a coolant used to chill beer in the brewing process. It never touches the beer … ever. If it did, it would ruin the beer. But it’s still there in her list, displaying either a comic ignorance or a malicious intent to mislead. But that’s the irony. She’s claiming to be holding brewers’ feet to the fire to be truthful and transparent, while she herself is being completely dishonest.


Everyone who know anything about beer is chiming in. Steve Parkes, owner of the American Brewers Guild and kind of a big deal in the craft brewing scene laid it out straight.

The article is misleading at best. Her main sources other than brewers are organizations that want to ban alcohol. The brewers are naturally a little defensive when questioned about their processes from the public. Presumably those brewery PR departments checked out the Food Babe…perhaps even read her article on microwaves where she claims water exposed to microwaves resembles water that has been exposed to the words “satan” and “Hitler”. So they were understandably reticent to engage her knowing what was coming.

Among brewers, the companies listed are quite open about their ingredients and processes. I’ve read long papers in technical journals describing how Guinness optimize their use of use isinglass. I’ve met with Anheuser Busch and Miller brewers and talked about their processes at length. There’s no scandal there…. The process at Anheuser Busch is quite natural and traditional in fact, and AB have a line of gluten free and organic beers made in the same facilities as their other products.


In fact, you can read more about this in depth there:

or here:


So, What’s your take on this? An over sensationalized  media stunt to gain attention or is she saving us from our own beer? You can probably tell where I stand on this one.

Try out a new Xmas tradition: beer tree!

Planning an epic Christmas party this year and want a new way to make it more awesome? We here at MDC love the idea of reusing and recycling and we can’t think of a more fun way to do both than this DIY Christmas tree.

Beer Bottle tree 1


Here’s what you need:

Beer (At least 56 bottles of beer on the wall to make the small version of the above picture. Preferably in green bottles like Heineken or Grolsh)

Beer drinking friends (Because no one person can drink 56 bottles of beer. And please don’t take that as a challenge.)

Cardboard (How about ordering a few pizzas and using the box’s? See what I did there?)

Glue (Not superglue…beer and superglue will equal fail)

Sissors (Cause sharp implements and drinking always works out. You might want to cut these before you drink 56 beers)

A childlike sense of wonder (After 56 beers, this is pretty easy. Soooo shiny!)


1. Drink beer and eat pizza. Probably the best step one to any project….ever.  Rinse each bottle after emptying.

2.Cut  5 circles out of cardboard. The first tier will hold 30 beers in a circle. The second 15, the third 7, the fourth 3 and the last just 1 bottle of beer.  If you want to get fancy (and I know you do) use one of those big cardboard box’s you’ve received in the mail, wrap it in Christmas paper and use it as the base of your tree.

3. Glue the bottom of your bottles to the cardboard, glue cardboard to the tops to add the next tier.

4. Add some zazz’ with Christmas lights.

5.Gather your ugly sweater-wearing, beer drinking friends beside your masterpiece and take a picture. The more terrible, the better. (tip: make sure at least someone’s eyes are closed and someone’s mouth is open.)

6. Save your image as either blackmail or for your Christmas invitations for next year.


Instant classic. Now go; drink and be merry. And crafty.

Beer and wine food parings this Thanksgiving.

Each November people everywhere in the US start obsessing over Thanksgiving. It’s not hard to understand the preoccupation with this holiday. Who doesn’t like a day dedicated to food and thanks? But if we’re totally honest with ourselves, it’s mainly about food. Most people are not absorbed in their thanks during the weeks leading up to turkey day, they’re obsessing over the menu. And rightly so; it takes a lot of planning to cook for a swarm of hungry friends and family. Especially when they are constantly invading the kitchen volunteering their meager domestic skills (IE, eating anything edible on the counter tops). But there’s usually something lacking in each magically delicious meal; the drink menu. I know many people prefer to drink wine with any formal dinner but I know very few who take the time to pair it correctly with dinner.  Still, even more turn their noses up at beer on the formal table. Sure, beer bottles aren’t that pretty and they’re certainly not formal but that’s what pilsner glasses are for.  Just to make your hectic holiday a bit less hectic, MDC decided to take the guess work out of beer and wine paring.

  • Traditional Turkey – Amber ale or a lager ( like Oktoberfest), brown ale (try a Dundee or Newcastle Variety)  or a strong golden ale
  • Smoked Turkey – a hoppy brown ale, Scotch ale or porter
  • Ham – Weizen, wiezenbock, dubbel or dark lager
  • Pumpkin pie – Spiced ale, winter warmer or old ale
  • Pale Ales: An versatile beer that works with most of your fest and clears the palate.

Wine Suggestions:
from Stacy Slinkard, Wine Guide
Traditional Thanksgiving meals go hand in hand with a good glass of wine! And thankfully there are plenty of Thanksgiving wine pairing options to suit virtually every palate when it comes to partnering favorite wines with turkey. For red wine enthusiasts Pinot Noir is one of the all time favorites and for good reason – it’s low tannin content allows it to meld well with turkey meat mixed with seasonal sides. White wine lovers can’t go wrong with either a Riesling or a Sauvignon Blanc. The herby, earthy qualities found in many Sauvignon Blancs make a perfect complement to the herb-filled stuffing and well seasoned mashed potatoes.

Best Thanksgiving White Wines



Sauvignon Blanc: T

Pinot Grigio:


Top Red Wine Thanksgiving Options

Pinot Noir:



Beaujolais Nouveau:

Rosé and Sherry wines, along with the aforementioned sparkling wine category are also worthy of consideration for Thanksgiving wine pairing potential.