Beer has been linked to Christmastime since Scandinavians and Vikings made Jul-AKA Yule--to celebrate Winter Solstice.

Casper breweries are keeping the tradition alive, spicing up their rotators with seasonal ingredients like vanilla, peanut butter, coffee, coconut, clove and more.

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Eric Magnuson, with Mountain Hops Brewing, is putting out a Raspberry Porter and Peppermint Stout in time for this cold season.

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They've also got a unique year-round brew called the Rojo Caliente Blonde, a raspberry habenero beer that is sure to warm you up.

K2Radio News stopped at Gruner Brothers and other breweries to chat about the holidays and what's on tap.

Right now Ben and Daron Gruner have 22 beers with a seasonal Gruner Bock--a stronger German beer that is slightly chocolatey with a smooth finish. They knew it was going to be good even before it was done.

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With inflation so high, they've tried to accommodate people by reducing costs, and at $5 a pint and Happy Hour specials they're doing what they can to be affordable for Casper families.

Gruner Brothers is also offering their Beulah Brown Ale, a seasonal beer with malty body and notes of chocolate and coffee as well as a Daredevil Dunkelweizen, a moderately dark German Wheat beer with subtle hints of banana and clove.

They're up on the hill with an excellent view, and remind Casperites that they're less than 10 minutes away from downtown.

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Holden Kai, 34, is the owner of Bullhorn Brewing. This year he's got two holiday brews sure to wet your whistle: a Cinnabun Brown and Mint Chocolate Chip Porter.

In the coming weeks he's putting out a German Chocolate Cake Milk Stout.

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"You want to hit somebody on an emotional level where it brings them back to a certain memory; if you have an emotional connection with someone, then you know you have a valuable beer" said Kai.

And he's not the only one.

 

Stahoos Brewery and taproom put out a festive beer called Spradley's Pecan Brown Ale, made with roasted pecans.

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The beer was named after Ross Spradley, from Georgia, who served with Jim Gleason's father in Vietnam.

From 1969 to 2004 Spradley sent Gleason's grandma pecans from Georgia at Christmastime.

And speaking of pecans, Gleason said he's also selling beer nuts soaked in Nut Brown Ale, roasted, and glazed in brown sugar.

They're also selling a rich oatmeal stout, and Gleason said they "just might pop something out right before Christmas."

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Blacktooth Brewing--celebrating it's one year anniversary this weekend--has a lineup of seasonal ales including the Peanut Butter Porter with a Reese's flavor and roasted bitterness. Their site says to pair with: vanilla ice cream, s'mores, sweet/salty charcuterie, kettle corn and the holidays.

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They've also got an English Strong Ale, and strong indeed at 11.6%. It's named for the elevation of Black Tooth Peak in the Big Horn Mountains above Sheridan and aged for a full year in Wyoming Whiskey barrels.

"This beer serves as our annual toast to the holidays and to the year that has passed our lives." It features wood characteristics with hints of vanilla, brown sugar and licorice. "Pair with grilled red meats, hearty beef stew, warm bread pudding."

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Oil City Beer Company currently has Belgian Dubbel and Cup of Joe--a coffee brown ale--two different milkshake IPAs and more.

According to Untappd.com, Skull Tree Brewing has an Oatmeal Stout called Night Train and Leeward Pumpkin Ale.

Frontier Brewing has two winter warmers: one called Baby It's Cold Outside. "We wanted it to taste like Christmas, so we brewed it using orange zest, honey malt, cinnamon and ginger. They've also got Not Your Grandma's Cookie, an oatmeal raisin brown ale.

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