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Twelve Beers of Christmas - A refreshing gift idea for the beer lover ♥

Updated on May 23, 2014

Beer lovers, here we go…

Beer is more than just a beverage for a beer lover. It is part of a beerlover’s life. Hey, beerlover, what d’ya say? So the song goes…

“In heaven there is no beer, that’s why we drink it here. When we’re gone from here, well, our friends will be drinking all the beer.”

I recall a funny moment during a small town beauty pageant, which had a large gathering of spectators burst into unison of laughter. It became the joke of the night. The over-graceful ladies were in their shimmered evening gowns with heavy glowing make-ups looking like a small school of rainbow fish, with hairdos inspired from Marge Bouvier Simpson’s “beehive do”. Each one stood nervously poised in their killer stilettoes or perhaps stood there aching on the stage set right outside the City Hall. Warm floodlights turned the stage into the brightest area in the community plaza, which made the pageant host sweat glowing in the night.

He called on the ninth contestant, greeted her at the center front of the stage and asked, “If you are given that ONE chance to live, what would you do?” The reply from her (well actually, she is a he) fell like a bomb from the sky, but was really quite amusing. “Drink Coke!” the honest and humble answer came beating in the host’s microphone. People started to laugh. A thunder of laughter shook the town’s plaza and one lamppost instantly lost its light. The host trying to hold his laugh badly turned his face into an ugly smirk and asked, “Why Coke?” The nervous beauty tried to hide the obvious shaking of her sequined gown and calmly replied without to search the sky for an answer and said “…because Coke adds LIFE.” Well, well, well, the host continued, “Coca-Cola should pay you for your loyalty of their product.” The crowd made a thunderous laughter again.

So, does beer add life? For a beer lover, who can’t resist and say “Yes”?

12 Days of Christmas ~ Piano

Let us twist the 12 Days of Christmas around and turn it to 12 Beers of Christmas. Instead of what the 12 days of Christmas implies beginning on Christmas Day (25th December) to Epiphany (6th of January), let us begin with putting beer underneath the tree twelve days before Christmas Day.

Surprise the beer lover in your life- your hubby, a boyfriend, your brother, your dad or grandfather, a boss or a friend with the holiday beers or merely hunt and give the beer lover what you think are the best beers to try. Good luck. ♥

Croatian Osjecko pivo (Osjecko beer)
Croatian Osjecko pivo (Osjecko beer) | Source

Twelve Beers of Christmas

The first beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

A pack of his fave he’ll see.

The second beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

A Holiday Beer

From Santa's old brewery.


The third beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

Belgium’s Leffe

Bruin and blonde

A beer from monastic abbey.


The fourth beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

Small Japanese

Fly Extra High

Owl in the sky

Hitachino Nest biiru no hi.


The fifth beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

La Fin Du Monde!

(’End of the World)

Brew his fears

Best beer is here

Beer Quebecois, he will agree.


The sixth beer of Christmas

Back under the tree, please

Isn’t it tempting?

Bohemia Weiss!

Golden old beer

Smooth drink good

Bold Brazilian

Will make him flip on a trapeze.


The seventh beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

The Flying Dogs brewing

High review rating

El Dorado!

India Pale Ale

Tall tan head

Sharp single hop

From Maryland free of goatee.


The eighth beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

English men talking

In the bar they’re calling

Brennan’s wife is stunning

My Wife’s Bitter beer!

Sweet, nutty notes

South Brisbane

Gift just for him

This bitter beer labeled funny.


The ninth beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

Leprechauns harping

A bitter beginning

But clean and refreshing

All Irish brewing

Harp Lager beer!

Crisp lager dry

Love’s on air

Three days to go

And he stares like a li’l puppy.


The tenth beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

Pretzels are nothing

Peanuts are nothing

Cheese should be something

German brew-a-steaming

A hundred rating

Schneider Aventinus!

Dark ruby gem

Three roast meat

He’ll love me more

He is creeping under the tree.


The eleventh beer of Christmas

Shall sit under the tree

This is getting exciting

US Coors brewing

This Belgian White thing

Oranges hitting

A pretty nice branding

White head no lacing

The Blue Moon beer!

White Belgian Ale

He can’t wait

Beer lover’s sake

He is counting under the tree.

Canadian, eh!
Canadian, eh! | Source

The twelfth beer of Christmas

Last one under the tree

Love will be drumming

And heaven will be falling

Mark down your tagging

When he’s not watching

While he’s still sleeping

Seven swans he’s dreaming

Six geese-a-roasting

Eh, Labatt Blue!

One happy man

Twelve tagged beers

Two hearts inlove

Beers in bed, beer lover and me.

≈♥≈ © (Maria Mabugat), Twelve Beers of Christmas 2012

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Seven Tips to a Successful Twelve Beers of Christmas

1. Work on a loving effort. Forget about the easy-to-order Beer of the Month Club. If your beer lover is special, you can make it special.

2. Make sure no other hands touch the beers underneath the tree. Put up a straight-forward sign: “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - 'til Christmas!"

3. If you are a teaser and like to tease, put each one underneath the tree complete with a ribbon and a tag prepared specifically for each day. No wrapping needed.

4. Name the tags only on the day of Christmas.

5. Start your beer hunting now and gather the grand ones or holiday beers or the never-heard-of-beer to discover.

6. Order them online or visit your local beer store. Liquor stores also have beers to offer.

7. Spare a double for yourself or for another beer lover.

8. On the 14th day of December, a beer starts here.

Top Beers for the Holidays (move bottom bar to right to view table)

Brewed By
Alcohol by Volume
Price Range per Bottle
Entree Pairing
Dessert Pairing
Avec les Bon Voeux "With Best Wishes"
Brasserie Dupont, Belgium
Saison 'season' ale
about $10.50
Mustard and Garlic Roast Goose -
Chocolate, Cranberry and Ginger Trifle -
Samuel Smith Winter Welcome
Samuel Smith Brewery, England
English Strong Ale
about $ 4
Roast Beef with Glazed Onions and Gravy -
Caribbean Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter -
Rogue Ales, Oregon
Bitter Amber Ale
about $ 6
The Great After-Thanksgiving Turkey Enchiladas -
Spiced Mixed Nuts -
He'brew Jewbelation 13
Schmaltz Brewing, New York
American Strong Ale
about $ 6
Balsamic Truffles -
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Coffee Liqueur -
Mahr's Christmas Bock
Mahr's Bräu, Germany
Heller Bock
about $ 6
Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apples and Onions -
Spiced Streusel Apple Pie -
Collected information at and

Understanding Beer Terminologies:

Hoppy – aroma of hops; excludes hop bitterness.

Hops – herb added on to a fermenting beer to leave bitter aroma and flavour

Imperial - is brewing using more hops, more malt, higher alcohol content. It implies a stronger version beer.

India Pale Ale (IPA) – is a beer style of a pale ale that originated in England and exported to India. The IPA history of this strong bitter ale was highly hopped which contributed to its survival that preserved the beer in its long months of voyage into the sea to India, thus the name India Pale Ale was given.

Malt – is a grain, usually barley or any other grain used principally in brewing and distilling such as beer, whisky, vinegar, etc.

Metallic – the taste some beer carry perhaps from bottle caps tasting like tin, bloodlike or coin-like taste. Could also taste like rust on metal.

Styles in beer – beer styles is a term to identify and categorize beers through their history, ingredients, recipe, method of production, colour, appearance and flavour.

Sweet – just like sugar.

Beer Styles

Ales - Ales are top-fermented beers and the oldest style of beer.

Cream Ales- Cream Ale is a hybrid of ale and lager. Basically it's ale-fermented at a lower temperature and then conditioned like a lager (low temperature). Cream ale colors range from amber to red. They are smooth and well-rounded with a hint of hops.

Lagers - Lagers are bottom-fermented yeast on beers. Lager is clean, drier, carbonated with very least flavour or almost no aroma. Just like most beers, lager is served cold.

Pilsners- are young beers brewed using cold temperatures that have yeast ferment at the bottom. Pilsners are pale lagers to clean golden colour which differ from the amount of hops added.

Stouts – are brewed using warm temperatures and yeast fermented above. Stouts are dark ale brewed from roasted malts and are popularly developed in Ireland and Britain.

Porters – are dark ales from brown malt, a unique blending of old and new ales which contributed to a pleasing intertwined taste of neither old nor new. Porter beer originated in England.

See more beer styles listing at

More beer..."bright" gift ideas!

What brilliant lighting ideas great for gift-giving to a beer lover! Find out more through the links provided at the bottom of the photos.

Beer Can Track Light / Track Head
Beer Can Track Light / Track Head | Source
Beer bottles Track Lighting Fixture. 3 Track lights & Track.
Beer bottles Track Lighting Fixture. 3 Track lights & Track. | Source

Winter Beers! “Sleep well. Have a beer.” ~ mtm

Winter Beers
Winter Beers | Source


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      5 years ago

      Coffee , I received a brewers kit for christmas last year , I have brewed approx. each month sinse then , @ 5 Gallons each ! . I love it and have become on of the greatest brewers in America . As yet unknown though ! Oh well , I may go down in history as one of the great unknowns ! Come on over for a brew !.........Ed++++++

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      5 years ago

      Yep...Labatt Blue is a great tasting beer as is Moosehead...Cheers

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      That's really great shiningirisheyes! Any beer-loving man would enjoy and love it.

      I remember working for a company long ago and by Christmas time, gift baskets come to my office door from my suppliers/vendors and I don't drive, so I dismantle the baskets and take the contents home separately.

      I had picked more individual beers from different parts of the world last night and boy, they were heavy that I have to call for my daughter and her boyfriend to pick me up at the store. We just walked home in the blowing icy rain!

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This was great. Some pretty creative minds came up with those beer mug lights, by the way. Awesome idea.

      I used to be a buyer for a major grocery store chain and every holiday my beer vendors would come to my office with the traditional "12 Beers Of Christmas" 12 pack. You would have enjoyed it greatly.

      One Christmas, I individually wrapped 24 bottles of my older brothers favorite beer and scattered them under his tree for him. He loved it.

      This was a very funny and enjoyable read.

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Mhatter, are you a beer lover? No, I am not Irish but someone in my household is. Thank you for your visit. Want a beer or two?

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Loved by so many around the world since discovered somewhere in Ethiopia, coffee tops the most consumed and most popular beverage in the world with estimated 400 billion cups of coffee consumed worldwide...and it is indisputable my friend Cris, you have contributed to the coffee's popularity! Cheers to you and happy holidays! Talk to you soon!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi always exploring...I spent hours re-inventing the original Christmas carol, lol. Lots of research over the top beers to add on my 12 beers list and the funniest part is replaying the 12 Days of Christmas in piano from Youtube and singing along with my beer lyrics to make sure it is on right timing. Lots of counting with my fingers, you see, and I am grateful with MS Word that there are no papers to waste for me. My girls said, "Mom, I am so tired of listening to the Twelve Days of Christmas!" Then, they both left the house individually. One of my daughters returned home before the other and said, "OMG, Mom! When I left you were listening to it; now I'm back, you are still listening to the same thing!" LOL!!!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Home Depot is a toy store for men. They love that too! I have already taken home some Historic Scotland Ales last night together with Philippine San Miguel beer too for him to try. Boy, these bottles were a heavy load and I can't ask him to drive me there or it will ruin the surprise, hahaha! Will be picking up more of the individual labels tonight back at LCBO.

      Thank you Kathleen. Wish your hubby will have the 12 Beers of Christmas this year! Cheers and happy holidays!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Your dad will gulp them all with joy! Thank you raincitygirl! Merry Christmas!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you John. Beer however, ranks as the most consumed alcoholic beverage around the world, followed by wine and spirits. We are gonna find out about champagne soon, lol! Happy Holidays to you!

      p.s. I love the beer lights too. I passed it on to a friend who has a bar section in his basement. It will be a beery delightful lights for his bar.

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you aviannovice. It's a fun hub to discover for beer drinkers and none alike. Cheers!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great work! Thank you for this. You're not Irish are you. Thank and bless you

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ahm, no thanks. No beer for me but my Romeo will definitely love this. Good stuff coffee! Yes, we'll stick with our coffee.


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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have always wished that i liked beer, so many seem to enjoy it so much. Your rendition of the ' Twelve Beers Of Christmas ' is so cleverly written. I had fun reading it..Thank you..Cheers.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      My husband and his best buddy will enjoy this hub and would only wish we girls would give these 12 Days of Christmas a shot this year. Almost as good as a Home Depot gift card! Great idea for a hub. Up and Cheers!

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      5 years ago from Vancouver

      Such an awesome comprehensive guide! I think I know what I'm getting my dad for Christmas...

    • multiculturalsoul profile image

      JJ Murray 

      5 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Ah, Labatt. Montreal. 1991. Good times. The beer lights were the kicker for me. Who thinks of these things? Who thinks of making a beer hub and making it fun? Now what will you do with ... champagne?

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, an "everything beer" hub. What a deal, all in one place. A fine job.

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello alocsin! My feet is itching to visit an LCBO here and I want to grab 12 different "new" ones, if possible by next week for my tree is not up and ready, lol. My beer lover loves Leffe (a Belgian beer) and La Fin Du Monde (Quebec beer). Thumbs up for Blue Moon too!

      Sadly, our own RH and SMB brands didn't make it to the high and satisfactory ratings- see, so I decided to cancel an order I placed coming from New Jersey (2 stores I found online that offers our beers) for the Red Horse kick. I wanted to be a little patriotic and have my beer lover try them, but it got me doubtful if he'd enjoy them.

      Thank you for finding this beer hub. Your beer-loving friends will surely hug your bottled presents!

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      5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I have some beer-loving friends who find such a gift to be fantastic. I'll enclose the rhyme as well. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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