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An Insight into “Behind The Scenes” of Crafting Special Holiday Beers

As the seasons turn, a timeless call to celebrate echoes in the air, bringing forth the pleasures of food, the clinking of glasses, and the donning of festive attire. Amidst the glow of lights and familiar tunes, the true essence of the holiday season unfolds—a time cherished for unwinding with loved ones, settling onto the couch, laying out favourite snacks, and indulging in remarkable brews crafted for these moments.

The seasonal bling and beer chills

The creation of special holiday beers stands as an art that harmonizes tradition with innovation. Behind the curtain, brewers meticulously curate malted barley, rice, hops, yeast, and water, orchestrating a symphony of flavours that embody the very spirit of the season. Malted barley sets a rich foundation, rice adds a subtle sweetness, carefully selected hops offer both bitterness and aromatic finesse, while yeast, the alchemical agent, transforms sugars into a spirited elixir.

During the holiday season, brewers introduce unique elements such as spices, fruits, or barrel aging to infuse warmth and nostalgia, aiming to strike a balance that stirs memories of festive gatherings. Holiday beers promise a sensory journey, each bottle a celebration capturing the essence of joyous occasions. For the brewers, it’s more than beer-making; it’s the encapsulation of the holiday spirit itself.

Festive aroma through traditional authenticity 

The metamorphosis of every beer becomes more pronounced with the arrival of the holiday season. Breweries worldwide embark on a unique journey, crafting special holiday beers that encapsulate the season’s true spirit. This creative process unfolds, merging artistry, traditions, and innovation to craft liquid celebrations of holiday cheer – a canvas of creativity where enthusiasts can taste the holidays in every sip.

To infuse each brew with the essence of the season, a meticulous selection process tailored to specific beer types is essential. Globally sourced ingredients play a pivotal role—hops from Germany known for distinct bitterness and floral aromas, Indian malt as well as malt from France for added depth, and yeast sourced from Europe adding a unique touch to the brew. This global collaboration results in a harmonious blend of flavours, ensuring a perfect seasonal brew tailored to specific beer characteristics.

Cheers to celebration with every sip! 

Within the brewery, the finesse of the brewer’s craft unfolds, a meticulous process where envisioned perfection meets desired ingredients. Like artists, brewers immerse themselves in sessions, crafting visions of the ideal elements amalgamation that embodies the very essence of the holidays in each sip. This collaborative brainstorming pool expertise and imagination, breathing life into a beer that transcends the ordinary.

The journey from fermentation through maturation to cold conditioning demands a patient alchemy spanning at least 13-14 days. As the brew matures, flavours meld, and complexities emerge. Cold conditioning refines the beer, smoothing its edges. This orchestration of time and temperature yields a harmonious beverage – refined and ready for its grand finale: final filtration, ensuring a crystal-clear libation. In this 13-14-day symphony of nature and craftsmanship, beer evolves into a refined elixir, waiting to delight the palate.

Crafting the essence of the season in a bottle

Crafting holiday beers extends beyond liquid creation; it’s a holistic endeavour, including visual representation. Label designs serve as canvases for artistic expression, capturing the festive vibe and inviting consumers on a sensory journey.

The distinctive malt character in beer results from delicate adjustments in water mineral composition, malt quality, and quantity. Brewer’s artistry fine-tunes these elements to create a beer with a specific malt profile. The creation of fruity notes, defined by esters, adds another layer of complexity to the brew – a controlled alchemy shaped by meticulous brewing operations.

Incorporating seasonal flavours involves navigating a palette of traditional holiday spices, fruits, and herbs – cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cranberries, oranges, figs – all delicately balanced to create a symphony of tastes capturing the essence of the season without overshadowing the beer’s fundamental characteristics.

Conclusion: A holiday slur makes everything better

In the enchanting world of crafting holiday beer, the journey from inspiration to the final pour unveils artistry, tradition, and innovation. It’s more than a mere beverage—it’s a vessel for the festive spirit, lighting up occasions and unifying taste, culture, and love—a delightful experience, much like a cherry atop a cake or a star on the Christmas tree.

About the Author

Vedant Kedia, Chief Growth Officer, MEBL

The 25-year-old is a dynamic leader hailing from a family with a rich legacy in the alco-bev industry. He possesses great leadership skills along with a deep knowledge of various industry trends that help in the overall growth and development of the company. With his attention to detail and passion for storytelling, Vedant leads marketing efforts to connect with customers and drive business growth.