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A Present for the Intrepid Beer Lover

For those on your gift list who appreciate exotic beers, it doesn’t get much better than a set of Shmaltz Brewing Company’s Hanukkah 2016 seasonal brews: Jewbelation 20 (Dark American Strong Ale, 16.8% ABV), Genesis 20:20 (Barrel-Aged Tart Barleywine, 16.7% ABV) and Chanukah, Hanukkah…Pass the Beer (Golden Strong Ale with Cocoa Nibs, 8% ABV).

Image by Anya Ulinich

Then there’s Shtick in a Box, a variety 12-pack that includes three brews that have taken gold at the World Beer Championships: Messiah Nut Brown Ale, Slingshot American Craft Lager and Hop Manna IPA. The fourth variety in the pack, Hanukkah Beer, has taken silver.

During the holiday season, Shmaltz is offering a long list of events around the country that involve tap takeovers, food-beer pairings and beer flights, all under the rubric 8 Crazy Flights. Here’s a schedule of events. The brewery and taproom are located in Clifton, New York, where brewery tours are available every weekend of the year.

Shmaltz Brewing officially turns 20 this season and is, according to the company, “the largest, the smallest, the most award winning and astonishingly still the only Jewish celebration beer company in the country.”

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Liza Schoenfein is food editor of the Forward. Contact her at or on Twitter, @LifeDeathDinner




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