Brewer: Southern Tier Brewing
Style: Imperial Pilsner
This imperial pale lager from Upstate New York's Southern Tier is named after a creature from European Christmas lore that would steal naughty children — or at least hit them with sticks depending who you ask. This beer, despite its 9 percent strength, isn't quite so scary. Southern Tier says the recipe is based on the German helles style, a golden, malt-dominated lager. Krampus, however, tastes more like a great imperial IPA, thanks to loads of herbal and citrus hops.