21 Perfect Christmas Song and Beer Pairings
Find the perfect brews to accompany your favorite holiday tunes.
Two key components to making the holiday season bright are Christmas tunes and cold weather beers. Or maybe you just need the latter to help you deal with the former. Either way, science has shown that music can enhance your beer drinking experience—literally. So though some might consider the idea of pairing beers and Christmas music to be as real as Santa Claus’s flying sleigh, why not at least try giving some of these matches a chance? You might be surprised just how much it increases both your jolliness and your holliness!
“White Christmas” as performed by Bing Crosby
Pair with: Belgian Witbier
A classic white beer style with as much character as Crosby’s voice.
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” as performed by Johnny Mathis
Pair with: Winter Ale
Every year, these spiced seasonal releases signal beer’s transition into winter.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as performed by Gene Autry
Pair with: Red IPA
It’s red, of course, but this hoppy style has enough of a malt base to hold you down in winter.
“Christmas Wrapping” as performed by The Waitresses
Pair with: Double Dry Hopped Farmhouse Ale
The ultimate hipster Christmas song deserved the ultimate hipster beer.
“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” as performed by Wizzard
Pair with: Session IPA
If Christmas was every day, you’d want to settle in for the long haul with this drinkable style.
“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” as performed by Elmo & Patsy
Pair with: Domestic Pale Lager
This tawdry tune deserves an equally unrefined beer counterpart.
“Silent Night” as performed by Bing Crosby
Pair with: Barleywine
This massive and complex style is perfect for appreciating in long reflective sips.
“Let It Snow” as performed by Dean Martin
Pair with: Imperial Stout
Settling in for a long night? A thick, chocolatey stout features all the flavors (and booziness) to stay cozy.
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” as performed by Mariah Carey
Pair with: Pilsner
The modern Carey classic needs a beer that is equally crowd-pleasing and effervescent but with timeless sensibilities.
“The Christmas Song” as performed by Nat King Cole
Pair with: Christmas Ale
Both the song and the beer style so embody the season that their names say it all.
“Happy Holidays” as performed by Andy Williams
Pair with: Winter Warmer
A strong, malty, spiced sipper that embraces everything about relaxing as you wait for Santa.
“Winter Wonderland” as performed by Doris Day
Pair with: Spruce Beer
Nothing tastes like walking through a winter wonderland more than drinking a beer brewed with actual Christmas trees.
“Last Christmas” as performed by Wham
Pair with: Flanders Oud Bruin
The ‘80s hit is a little sweet, a little sour and one of those rare Christmas tunes with some uplifting spunk.
“This Christmas” as performed by Donny Hathaway
Pair with: Doppelbock
This ‘70s tune has layers of soul, just like the depth of dried fruit and bready flavors found in a doppelbock.
“Fairytale of New York” as performed by The Pogues
Pair with: Dry Stout
This perfect amalgam of Christmas tune and Irish drinking song is built for a traditional Irish style.
“Linus and Lucy” as performed by Vince Guaraldi Trio
Pair with: Saison
The jazzy A Charlie Brown Christmas theme is artful and refined like a saison’s delicate flavors.
“Wonderful Christmas Time” as performed by Paul McCartney
Pair with: Pale Ale
This McCartney track’s buoyant opening synths arouse the senses like the hop aromas from a modern pale.
“Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” as performed by Bing Crosby/David Bowie
Pair with: Roggenbier
A classic style that’s gotten a modern revival, roggerbier gets an addition of about 50 percent rye, spicing thing up like a good duet.
“Frosty the Snowman” as performed by Gene Autry
Pair with: Eisbock
Frosty is cold as ice, literally, just like this German style that freezes off water to concentrate its flavors.
“Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” as performed by John Lennon
Pair with: Black & Tan
Sip this mix of dark and light beer while dreaming of a day when all beer styles can live together in peace.
“Christmas in Hollis” as performed by Run-DMC
Pair with: Eggnog
Did you even hear the lyrics? In Hollis, they’re drinking eggnog. And when Run-DMC speaks, you listen! Sorry, beer fans!