Yes everyone, it's that time of the year again. Or indeed, it has been that time of the year (again) for some weeks now. Around the 1st of November every year, both macro and micro breweries release their high and low ABV holiday beers. This is a big thing where I am from (Norway) which roots in very long traditions going back all the way to the Viking age. All the newspapers have big tests of the annual releases, and these tests become the recipe for which beers you sure as hell will have a hard time finding. Because micro breweries (as the name would imply) have very limited capacity, and the interest for these brews is extremely high and growing EVERY year, there just isn't enough delicious nectar to cater everyone. Thus over the last years, I've started earlier and earlier to buy and store for the holidays. This year in particular has been awful due to distribution problems, which means it's looking grim for me getting my hands on the beers from Nøgne Ø and HaandBryggeriet (hereunder: God Jul, Underlig Jul, Nissemor, Nissefar, Bestefar). I live far north in the country and for some reason distribution stopped north of Trondheim. The beer guy at my local Vinmonopolet is so sorry and has promised to lay off some bottles of the aforementioned types if they ever get their hands on some before the holidays set in. Over here, Christmas beers are typically sweeter heavy top fermented ales with ABV's exceeding 6%, with spices associated with Christmas. There are also lower ABV lager inspired brews with ABV lower than 4,7% which are thus sold in grocery stores. These heavy ales appeal greatly to me and my palate and since there are so many types of brews that are only made annually, this time of the year is my favourite time! Anyhoo. I'm interested in hearing about your traditions for holiday brews. Do you have any at all? If so, which types of brew? What do YOU enjoy drinking during the holidays?