Local watering holes get into the spirits of things this season
By David Ball

When one thinks of traditional holiday drinks one usually thinks of eggnog and wassail. Perhaps it’s time to consider some other libations.
or instance, Tyler Blount, owner of Neches Brewing Company in Port Neches is working on his own version of holiday quaffs. He’s introducing a gingerbread beer that’s 7.5 percent alcohol he calls a winter warmer. It has cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and of course, ginger. It will be available in December.

Another one they brew is called Big Floyd Stout with 10.5 percent alcohol.

“We use local coffees Seaport and Texjoy, cold brew it, and add it to the beer. People love it,” he said. “Fall and winter stouts are popular. This is our busy time of the year anyway.”

Some other holiday brews are a pumpkin beer — a darker beer — by Rogue brewery called Pumpkin Patch Ale. Blount said Rogue grows everything themselves for the ale and it’s as organic as one can get.

St. Arnold’s of Houston has their version named Pumpkinator Stout. Neches got the beer last year and they will have it again this year. Blount said it’s interesting to taste how the alcohol mellows a year later and how the new arrivals have a bite to them.

Additionally, St. Arnold’s has a Christmas ale.

Karbach, another Houston brewery, has one humorously named in tribute to the classic move, “A Christmas Story,” called Yule Shoot Your Eye Out.