11 December 2009

Hoosier Beer Geek's Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide Extravaganza (Part 2)

When I told Mike I would contribute some ideas for Chanukah gifts to our holiday beer gift guide, he wondered whether anybody made a menorah-shaped beer flight holder. A quick search failed to turn up anyone who makes such a wonderful piece of tableware (though for what it's worth, we did find this).

Because Chanukah is an eight-night celebration, I thought the best thing I could do was to suggest to you eight kosher beers for eight crazy nights. These beers really are certified kosher, and they are all available in Indiana. The list is heavy on Shmaltz Brewing Company beers, but what do you expect if you're looking for good-quality kosher beer? I also listed more than one option for several nights just in case you like more variety.

So, as we light more candles and stuff ourselves to the gills with latkes and sufganiyot, we progress from sessionable beers to big beers:

Night 1: Brooklyn Lager or Coney Island Lager (take your pick)
Night 2: Coopers Sparkling Ale or New Belgium Mothership Wit (take your pick)
Night 3: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale
Night 4: He'Brew Genesis Ale or Coney Island Sword Swallower (take your pick)
Night 5: Samuel Adams Cream Stout or Coopers Best Extra Stout (take your pick)
Night 6: He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
Night 7: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Night 8: He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13)

Chanukah sameach, and l'chaim!


  1. Thanks for remembering the "Other" holiday. And recommending some kosher beer (even though the He'Brew stuff isnt my favorite).


  2. Hey there! This is Melissa from Shmaltz Brewing Co. Thanks for including our beers as your gift suggestions. And love the idea for a menorah beer flight holder... something to keep in mind for Hanukkah '10! Happy holidays and l'chaim!