Stocking Stuffers for Beer Geeks

Bob Barnes – A couple of seasonals well worth trying.

With Black Friday less than two weeks away, it’s time to make a game plan of beery gifts for the beer geeks you care most about, including yourself. Here are two worthy holiday seasonals to get you started.

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Just in time for Christmas, Rogue delivers its annual offering, but you don’t have to be Santa Claus to enjoy this double hopped red ale crafted with Dare & Risk barley and Newport, Rebel & Freedom hops grown on the brewery’s own Rogue Farms. Unlike most winter seasonals, this is not a winter warmer, but a double hopped version of Rogue’s Saint Rogue Red, and while its roasty and malty backbone is a good fit for the colder months, its piney, spicy, hoppy bite with notes of spruce will please hop heads who see no reason to give up hoppy beers when the temps cool. Adding to the fun are the snowflakes on the bottle, which glisten in the dark.

Brewing Specs:
5% ABV
65 IBU
Hop Varieties—Rogue Farms Newport, Rebel and Freedom

Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year

First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe was named the winner of Stone Brewing’s annual homebrew competition, this chocolaty, winter-spiced mocha stout is back with a new name, Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays and the New Year. This rather complex Milk Stout is a take on Mexican hot chocolate, infused with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. There are multiple layers of flavor, with cocoa and cinnamon bursting forth upon your first sip, coffee, nutmeg and vanilla following, and heat from the peppers in the finish balanced by sweetness that manages to temper without being syrupy. Don’t delay in procuring this stocking stuffer, which is available now in all 41 states where Stone is distributed.

Brewing Specs:
8.1% ABV
50 IBU
Hop Varieties—English Challenger & English East Kent Golding

The Author:

Bob Barnes is editorial director of The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional, regional correspondent for Celebrator Beer News and writes the Top 10 Beer lists for He welcomes your inquiries and can be reached via e-mail at

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