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Dec 24, 2009 12:04 PM

Best holiday beers on tap

My vote goes to Toronado in the lower Haight. Are there any others to consider?

Special holiday and seasonal beers on tap at Toronado on 12/21/09

Dubuisson: Scaldis Soel
Widnmer: brr Winter
Affligem: Noel
St. Bernardus: Christmas
Schneider: Aventinus
Port: Santa’s Little Helper
Sierra Nevada: Celebration
Drakes: Jolly Roger Brown
Anderson Valley: Winter Solstice
Marin: Hoppy Holidaze
Half Moon Bay: Old Solstice Winter
Shmaltz: Jewbelation
Moonlight: Tipple Ale
Iron Springs: Epiphany Amber
Anchor: Christmas
Mikkeller: Santa’s Little Elf
New Belgium: 2 below
Magnolia: Winter Warmer
Triple Rock: Reindeer
Avery: Old Jubilation
Kern River Brewing: Holiday Ale
Lost Abbey: Gift of the Magi
Russian River Brewing: Damnation, Consecration, Publication

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  1. The Trappist in Oakland. Closed today and tomorrow

    1) Koningshoeven Trappist Quadrupel 10% ABV 25cl $8
    2) Achouffe Houblon Chouffe 9% ABV 25cl $7.
    3) Chimay Cinq Cents Triple 8% ABV 30cl $7.
    4) New Belgium Dandelion 7.8% ABV 33cl $6
    5) Duvel Green 6.8% ABV 30cl $6
    6) St. Bernardus Prior 8 8% ABV 33cl $6.
    7) De Ranke Guldenberg 8.5% ABV 33cl $6
    8) Drakes Jolly Roger 9% ABV 33cl $6.
    9) Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence 7% ABV $6
    10) Port Brewing Santas little Helper 10.5% ABV 25cl $5
    11) Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet 8% ABV 33cl $7
    12) Anker Gouden Carolus Grand Cru 10.5% ABV 25cl $8
    13) Anchor Porter 5.6% ABV 50cl $5
    14) St. Feuillien Saison 6.5% ABV 33cl $8
    15) Allagash White Ale 5% ABV 50cl $5.
    16) Firestone Walker Union Jack 7.5% ABV 33cl $5
    17) North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout 9% ABV 25cl $6
    18) Nogne-O Winter Ale 8.5% ABV 25cl $7
    19) Slaapmutske Kerstmutske 7.4% ABV 33cl $7
    20) Dubuisson Scaldis Noel 12% ABV 25cl $10
    21) St. Feuillien Triple 8.5% ABV 33cl $8
    22) Russian River Damnation 7% ABV 33cl $6
    23) Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge 5.5% ABV 25cl $6
    24) Mikkeller To From 8% ABV 33cl $8
    25) Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 11% ABV 25cl $8

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      The Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge is a very nice holiday sour, have the young Scotsman in the back bar at the Trappist pronounce it for you.

      The Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper is a smooth dark stout, with a great lingering aftertaste. Found it on tap @ Pacific Coast Brewing, right around the corner from the Trappist.

      Also, even though it isn't necessarily a holiday beer, the Deschutes Black Butte XXI is also at Pacific Coast and is excellent.

      Marvelous chocolate and coffee flavors, it comes in at a mighty 11%.

      This is a really great beer. Do not miss it.