December's many festivities and fêtes are the best time to move away from session beers, dig deep into your cellar, and pop open a truly amazing craft beer. Rather than run down the usual suspects of "holiday-themed" or Christmas beers, Jimmy Carbone—owner of Jimmy's No. 43 and host of Beer Sessions Radio on Heritage Radio Network—chooses to seek out “last bottles,” those rare or one-off brews that we've been saving for just the right occasion.
Whether you’re looking to share with your old college roomie or you need to introduce a family member who insists on drinking Heineken from a skunked bottle, we’ve put together a list of 20 beers that are perfect for nearly any holiday activity. From Barrel Aged and Barleywines to Strong Belgians and Lambics, here's what we're drinking and what our friends are drinking as we count down to 2014. What better time of year to enjoy your best beers than the holidays?
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