Welcome to 24 Days of Beer, in which we guide you through what might be a very dark month. Aren’t you glad we’re here to tell you what to drain your sorrows with?

While we have tried to highlight new releases here at 24 Days of Beer, it would just be disingenuous to say that we didn’t dig into this absolute classic of the winter beer genre this (and every) holiday season.

Other beers have success merging horchata with ale, sure. But this impeccably crafted, beautifully designed beer from Port Moody’s Twin Sails Brewing has become one of Greater Vancouver’s most loved stouts.

horchataTwin Sails Brewing

There’s a few reasons why. While it’s thick and not watery at all, it doesn’t weigh down the drinker. Even at 7.5 percent alcohol, it feels like the rare coffee beer that actually caffeinates you. Instead of sticking you in a chair and letting you rot like so many high-alcohol stouts tend to do, it lifts you up.

There won’t be any holiday parties to preside over this winter, but keep this bad boy in mind for coming years when you just feel like you’re not going to be able to sweat it out at the in-laws place for five-plus hours.

Or hey, use it to combat all the screen fatigue you’re going to be suffering through this holiday season. 

Previous 24 Days of Beer:
Tmavý Pivo 13 by Slowhand Brewing (No.1)
Mint Chocolate Stout by Moody Ales (No.2)
All Season Nitro Dry Stout by Container Brewing (No.3)
Four Year Oatmeal Stout by Strathcona Beer Company (No.4)
Idleback Amber Ale by Slackwater Brewing (No.5)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter by Bad Tattoo Brewing (No.6)
Velour Toboggan Blackberry Dark Ale by Dageraad Brewing (No.7)
Imperial Gingerbread Porter by Persephone Brewing (No.8)

Cranberry Mandarin Orange Witbier by Old Yale Brewing (No.9)
Chalet All Day Horchata Blonde Ale by Bridge Brewing (No.10)
Indulgeousness Imperial Stout by Superflux Beer Company (No.11)
Blackberry Export Stout by Vancouver Island Brewing (No.12)