Host a Beer Swap
It’s no secret around the Test Kitchens that my husband, Lee, and I prefer a good beer to a glass of wine. This time of year is his absolute favorite because of the huge variety of limited edition batches that debut. Brewers pull out secret special recipes with tons of flavor and complexity in the fall and winter. These beers naturally lend themselves to hearty cold-weather foods. To make the most of this short and busy time, we host a tasting party. Invite a few close friends with instructions to bring one or two six-packs. Set out small glasses and a few snacks. Open a few bottles to sample, and swap the rest to enjoy throughout the holidays. Our personal picks from across the South include Terrapin Beer Company in Georgia, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware, and Real Ale Brewing Company in Texas.