Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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A Note on This Beer
I love the sounds of Christmas morning! The excited giggling, the tearing of wrapping paper, the popping of a bottle of delicious barrel-aged beer.
What, you don’t celebrate Christmas morning with festive craft beers? Well, today’s holiday 6-pack from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery might just be the start of your new Noel tradition.
All of these beers trace their roots to the now legendary Gingerbread Stout — easily one of the most sought-after holiday beers in the country. Food & Wine even credits it with putting this Virginia brew crew on the map, saying, “the first taste of this unique beer was a revelatory experience!”
Today, you can take things to the next level with a whole line up of gingerbread-inspired Dark Beers. Here’s what you get:
1x 750 ml bottle of Bourbon Barrel Aged Gingerbread Stout - 11.5% ABV
To make this hyper-limited barrel-aged version, the brewers first craft a batch of their celebrated Stout with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and creamy lactose. Then, they let it mellow into whiskey-kissed bliss in a combination of Heaven Hill and A. Smith Bowman Bourbon Barrels.
Every sip is like a gift wrapped in rich, dark chocolate and spicy ginger, and it lands on the taste buds smoother than Santa’s sleigh on a frosty Christmas eve.
The only thing keeping it from being the ideal winter morning beverage is the lack of coffee, but the next beer has that covered.
2x 16oz cans of Christmas Morning Imperial Milk Stout - 9.2%
This decadent sip takes all the deliciousness of Hardywood’s original ginger, cinnamon, honey, and vanilla-infused Gingerbread Stout, and adds a rich backbone of locally roasted Mexican coffee beans. If there’s an espresso stand in Santa’s workshop, I’m guessing the drinks they serve taste just like this.
It’s like breaking off a corner of an actual gingerbread house and dunking it into a fresh cup of coffee. YUM.
1x 750 ml bottle of Kentucky Christmas Morning - 11.5% ABV
For those who prefer their coffee spiked, you’ll want to crack open this Bourbon-soaked version of Christmas Morning. This brew has all the rich, roasty flavor of the original, wrapped up in a ribbon of whiskey-caramel that elevates it from a delightful winter treat, to a truly world-class indulgence.
It’s even one of the Top 10 Milk Stouts on Earth, according to BeerAdvocate!
2x 16 oz cans of Gingerbread Porter - 9.2% ABV
Finally, we have an Imperial Porter laced with cinnamon, vanilla, locally-grown ginger, and local wildflower honey. It brings a slightly lighter body than its Stout companions, but has all the same amazing gingerbread flavor. It’s also lactose free, so you can split one with a non-dairy Dark Beer fan while you watch the kids go absolutely bonkers tearing open that new Lego set.
If this platter of boozy Christmas cookies doesn’t inspire you to pop open a brew while you unwrap presents this year, I don’t know what will!
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