Today’s Beer Advent Calendar pick is a bit of whimsy, coming from Akron, Ohio’s Thirsty Dog Brewing: their 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale, a spiced Winter Warmer that comes in at 8.3% abv.
This beer’s name sums up the idea of bringing the best together to celebrate. It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. We feel it is the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.
The name is obviously an homage to the song of the similar name, but I also can’t shake the image of Santa’s sleigh harnessed up to a pack of dogs in lieu of reindeer for Christmas night. Like I said—whimsy! Appropriate for this time of year!
They also have a bourbon barrel aged version, which I’m sure is quite tasty as well.