I was fully prepared to write about the utterly drinkable Schwarzbier I tried first at this brewery in Keg and Case West Seventh Market, but I decided to try this holiday brew, too, and it was so good that I just had to feature it. The beer, named after the Roman predecessor to Christmas, is a pretty standard pale ale spiked with juniper berries and cranberry puree. It is a little tart, a little piney (Simcoe hops also contribute to that flavor) and a lot celebratory. Though the holidays might officially be over, I’m not the only one who’s still digging the flavors — the bartender who helped us said the beer has been one of the brewery’s best sellers. So get there and get it while you can, and while you’re there, try a 1900, that Schwarzbier (inspired by the former North Star Brewing, which was destroyed by a fire in 1900) that I liked, too.
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 6.1 percent
Clutch Brewing Company: 928 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; clutchbeer.com