Shmaltz Brewing, notable for hilarious past holiday offerings like 2015's Shtick in a Box, turns 23 this Hanukkah. As the "only Jewish celebration beer company in the country" (according to Shmaltz), the New York brewery is releasing a celebratory new official Hannukah beer, available in 12-ounce cans sold in packs of four.
Per a release from Shmaltz: "Chanukah, Hanukkah: Pass The Beer is a Dark Ale brewed with Chocolate (8% ABV, 8 Malts, 8 Hops) that celebrates the eight nights of Hanukkah (December 22 - 30, 2019)."
You can find Shmaltz Brewing products in New York via distributors such as Gasko & Meyer and S.K.I. Beer. Country-wide, the seasonal suds are also available from Artisanal Imports and distributors you can find on Shmaltz's website.
Chanukah, Hanukkah: Pass The Beer is a chocolatey triple brown, with holiday-appropriate 8% ABV and some nice, toasty hops and vanilla notes.
The Hop Momma New England-style IPA is a fruit-tastic blend of peach and apricot with a dash of habanero, according to Shmaltz. But don't take their word for it, it was awarded the Gold in World Beer Championships.
Sugar Plum Fairy (Alphabet City Brewing) , is a limited-release dark, inspired by Belgian beers. It's also rocking an 8% ABV and Shmaltz's brewed it with a tasty-sounding blend of Plum Puree and Belgian Candi Syrup.
Shmaltz's Mazel Tov Cocktail is a very limited edition, available only via draft—so you'll need to head out to where Shmaltz's is sold. It's a "dark, tart, tasty" blend of barrel-aged beer. Lastly, there's Funky Blender #3. It's also a draft-only limited edition. Barrel-aged and made from a combo of Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A., Bock Bock, and St. Lenny's, it's clocks in at a hefty 10% ABV.
So indulge, it's the holidays and these may not all last a full eight nights. Unless a miracle happens.