webbieredegarde730A French-style Country Ale, the Southampton Christmas Ale (out of New York), known commercially as the Southampton Biere de Garde (or “beer for keeping”), is a malty, mild-spiced ale with champagne notes on the finish. The French-style Caribou Cafe in Philadelphia serves this Christmas Ale on draft, on the warmer side, making it open up like a hand-pulled cask ale.

For those whose idea of a Christmas ale is the spicier Anchor Steam (consistently one of the best), Southampton will broaden your expectations for holiday brews.

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