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12 Beers of Christmas Experience




Host Brian Hatheway

We’re excited to have you along on our 12 Beers of Christmas Experience, which runs from Dec. 25-Jan. 5. On each of the 12 Days of Christmas, you’ll open one window in your box and discover a new beer. At 8 PM on nights 2-12, Dec. 26-Jan 5, you’re invited to join us online for some edutainment and appraisal of that day’s brew on YouTube Live.

Our nightly appraisals will be hosted by our long-time homebrewer and beer guide and CBT’s Chief Personnel Officer, Brian Hatheway.

For the first beer of Christmas, we’ve written up a crash course in beer tasting that you’ll be able to find below on Dec. 25. We’ll post new blogs to this page daily. 

Join the Chat

If you want to participate in the chat and ask questions, join the stream via Zoom – but come early; there’s a 500 viewer max. If you want to kick back and just watch, check out the YouTube stream instead.  Previous live streams will be posted on this page the following day. 

Brian will be joined by a rotating cast of co-hosts each night: Online Events Coordinator Julie Walker, Customer Success Associate Cait Cremins, and Sales Manager Todd Summers.

Co-host Julie Walker

Co-host Todd Summers

Co-host Cait Cremins


Daily Blogs

Each day you will find a new blog post that dives a little deeper into the beer styles and topics we’ll be discussing on our live streams. You’ll find a range of topics here – some educational and some just for fun. Blogs will be posted right after our nightly live stream, about 8:20 pm. 

Water Quality: It Matters Even More Than You Think

Water Quality: It Matters Even More Than You Think

January 4, 2020  |  By Brian Hatheway  

Tonight’s beer was from Goodwater Brewery in Burlington, Vermont. The origin of the brewery’s name is pretty serendipitous: The brewery is located in a place known for its good water, and the founde...

The Early Years of Craft Beer: The Resonating Influence of Fritz

The Early Years of Craft Beer: The Resonating Influence of Fritz

January 3, 2020  |  By Brian Hatheway
The story of American Craft Beer is long, complex, and loaded with so many important figures and key moments. To explain it all would take tens of thousands of words and while that’s something we may do one day...
A History of German Beer Styles

A History of German Beer Styles

January 2, 2020  |  By Matt LaRosa

Weissbier’s Rise to the Top 
While Germany is considered by many as one of the world's epicenters of beer, brewing did not originate in Germany. The history of brewing dates back to the Ancient Sumerians, the ...

Tiny Yet Mighty: The Power of Yeast

Tiny Yet Mighty: The Power of Yeast

January 1, 2020  |  By Brian Hatheway  
As you may know, beer consists of four core ingredients - malt, hops, water, and yeast. Each of these ingredients serves an important role in making beer the beverage we know and love. Malted barley brings fl...
8 Hangover Cures to Welcome the New Year

8 Hangover Cures to Welcome the New Year

December 31, 2020  |  By Julie Walker
You know what they say: with great New Year’s Eve partying comes great hangovers. You know the feeling: headache, fatigue, nausea, and the kryptonite of bright lights and loud noises. No one wants to greet the...
QUIZ: Are You As Smart as a Beer Guide?

QUIZ: Are You As Smart as a Beer Guide?

December 30, 2020  |  By Taylor McCune  |  Edited by Brian Hatheway
It takes just four ingredients to make beer, but don’t let the simplicity of its makeup fool you into thinking there isn’t much to talk about. The history of beer dates back a whopp...
A Visual Guide to Hops

A Visual Guide to Hops

December 29, 2020  |  By Brian Hatheway   |  Art by Alicia Fitzmaurice
American IPA is the style that defines the American Craft Beer movement. It’s the most popular style on taplists across the country and accounts for  70% of shelf space in the...
So, What's the difference between stouts and porters anyway? 

So, What's the difference between stouts and porters anyway? 

December 28, 2020  |  By Kalimah Mustafa  

Today, there are so many different types of both Porters and Stouts, and so much overlap that it can be hard to tell the difference. Most of the time, it seems like there isn't one at all. But is...

Adjuncts & Gruit Spices

Adjuncts & Gruit Spices

December 27, 2020  |  By Mike Schram
As craft beer has gained more mainstream popularity over the last decade the age old question of “what makes a beer?” has resurfaced.  Water, barley, yeast, and hops have defined the staple components of a beer...
A Very Merry History of Beer

A Very Merry History of Beer

December 26, 2020  |  By Emily Schuman

For many, the holidays are synonymous with festive beverages of the alcoholic kind. We’re peppered with recommended recipes for cocktails with a holiday twist, eggnog hits the shelves beginning in November, and...

What's That Flavor?

What's That Flavor?

December 25, 2020  |  By CBT Staff
In this blog, we’re going to talk a little bit more about the Beer Tasting Wheel included in the booklet. The wheel breaks down each aspect of the beer tasting process, and the flavors or textures you might com...
A Brief Introduction to Beer Appraisal

A Brief Introduction to Beer Appraisal

December 25, 2020  |  By CBT Staff
Welcome to the 12 Beers of Christmas Experience, brought to you by City Brew Tours . By now you should have opened the Day 1 flap and read through your Christmas booklet. If you haven't yet, go ahead and pop o...


Recorded Live Streams

Previous streams will be posted here the following day.

Night 2 (Stream 1)

Baerlic Brewing
Chill Helles Lager

Night 3 (Stream 2)

Evil Genius
Santa! I Know Him!

Night 4 (Stream 3)

DC Brau
Penn Quarter Porter

Night 5 (Stream 4)

Von Ebert
Volatile Substance

Night 6 (Stream 4)

Port City
Optimal Wit

Night 7 (Stream 6)

54° 40°

Night 8 (Stream 7)

Flying Fish
Abbey Dubbel

Night 9 (Stream 8)

Common Space
Fresh Pils of LA

Night 10 (Stream 9)

Old Town
Paulie’s Not Irish

Night 11 (Stream 10)

Good Rye 2020

Night 12 (Stream 11)

Abominable Winter Ale


Below you’ll find a digital copy of your booklet, the tasting wheel and our beer appraisal chart. We encourage you to have the tasting wheel and appraisal chart handy during our live appraisal streams so you can really dig into each beer with us!

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this work?
You’ll open one window of your box on each day of Christmas (in order from 1 to 12). Inside you’ll find a craft beer and maybe a little something extra too ;). On the first night, you’ll enjoy Beer #1 on your own, using the Christmas booklet and the first night’s blog post to guide you as you taste. On nights 2-12 (Dec. 26-Jan. 5) we’re going live with nightly beer appraisal, discussion, and drop ins from special beer industry guests. Those live streams will begin at 8 PM Eastern time and can be viewed on Zoom and YouTube. You’ll find links to each stream at the top of this page. You’ll also find blog content posted each day that builds upon the beer appraisal and discussion from the previous night’s live stream.

Will the live stream be available to watch later?
You can watch our recorded live streams on our YouTube channel after they’ve wrapped.

How do I contact you if I need assistance?
Email [email protected] or call us at 888-623-8687.

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