Another seasonally appropriate adjunct is salt. The allure of salted caramel or salted chocolate is now pretty much an accepted fact. So why not add salt to a dark beer like a porter, which is known to have chocolate flavours itself? The combination, like the Salted Chocolate Porter from Steamworks Brewing, is a liquid kiss to rival any box of holiday treats, and one that marries well with family gatherings throughout the holidays, whether over dinner or at the card table afterwards. Holiday Mix Packs for Open Houses Or don’t pick one particular beer at all. Many local breweries release special holiday-themed mix packs, which typically feature three or four different beers primed for the festive season. The Moody Ales Holiday Party Mix Pack showcases beers with flavours such as gingerbread, eggnog and piney Christmas tree. The obvious benefit is having several options in one package, which can be perfect for satisfying crowds at an open house. Plus, as a bonus, a holiday mix pack can also serve as a mini DIY beer advent calendar. During December, simply close your eyes and reach into the box! Or, consider curating a mix pack to gift to a holiday host or someone on your "nice list."

DAGERAAD BRUNE BC $7.79 785261 650 ml This Belgian-inspired dubbel pours an elegant cloudy mahogany colour

CATEGORY 12 DEVIATION DRY IRISH STOUT BC $14.29 410980 4 × 473 ml Marry a classic, eminently sessionable dry Irish stout with a hint of vanilla and you end up with Category 12’s smooth and engaging holiday treat.

and engulfs the taste buds with complex toasty malt and dried fruit before a snappy finish.

VANCOUVER ISLAND HERMANNATOR ICE BOCK BC $14.99 221452 4 × 473 ml Originally made for the friends and family of Hermann, Vancouver Island’s inaugural brewmaster, this bold, strong lager is imbued with coffee and candied fruit.

STEEL & OAK SMOKED HONEY DOPPELBOCK BC $7.69 73007 650 ml This double, or “doppel,” bock gets creative with the addition of local honey and smoked beechwood malt to create a cozy, complex, winter- warming dark lager.

MOODY ALES HOLIDAY PARTY MIX PACK BC $15.99 332554 4 × 473 ml No need to pick just one. This seasonal sampler features Gingerbread Amber Ale, Christmas Tree IPA, Holiday Party Punch Sour and grandma’s favourite— Eggnog Ale!

STEAMWORKS SALTED CHOCOLATE PORTER BC $3.49 408705 473 ml This is a decadently robust porter with roasted chocolate malts complemented by a streak of vanilla and a lick of local sea salt.



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