In case you haven’t been keeping track, The Bruery has released a yearly Christmas beer since the company’s inception back in 2008, all of which are themed to The 12 Days of Christmas, one of the holiday’s most recognizable carols. It all started with A Partridge in a Pear Tree, an 11 percent ABV Belgian-style quadrupel ale, and evolved over the years into a highly collectible Christmas tradition for many beer enthusiasts. And now The Bruery is rebrewing each beer, some of which have long since been retired, for the 12 Days of Christmas Collection.
Available on the company’s website and soon at its three United States locations, this collection of 12 beers was 12 years in the making, with The Bruery taking the original recipes and creating fresh versions, making for an extremely limited collection that’s available once every 12 years. If you’re not familiar with The Bruery, it’s a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County that specializes in barrel-aged and experimental ales.
Each box contains one 375-ml bottle from each of the 12 Days of Christmas, all of which feature a Belgian-inspired twist, and there’s even special edition glassware, a Libbey 12-ounce Embassy beer glass, you can purchase with the collection. It’s a great idea for those who might have missed one or two of the offerings along the way, or simply want to try the rebrews side-by-side with the ones that have been in their basement for a while.
“I love Christmas beers and I couldn’t decide which style to go with, so I wanted to be able to brew one every year and not follow a specific recipe every year,” founder Patrick Rue said in a statement. “So, my wife had the brilliant idea of doing the 12 Days of Christmas starting with A Partridge in a Pear Tree and ending with 12 Drummers Drumming.”
This year’s effort, 12 Drummers Drumming, is an 80 percent Belgian-style quadrupel and a 20 percent old ale aged in bourbon barrels that’s a potent 12 percent ABV. It features notes of toffee, dark fruit, caramel and oak character, perfect for warming up friends and family even on the coldest of Christmas nights. If you want to get your hands on this collection, it’s going to cost you. The 12 beer set is $125 plus the cost of shipping, unless you intend to pick it up at either California or Washington, DC locations. There will also be a tour in support of these beers at several different locations, 10 to be exact, across the country on Dec. 13, where drinkers can taste draft pours of each of the 12 beers.
Here’s the list of each beer featured in the collection. Be careful, it may lead to singing.