Winter is prime time for drinking all the richer & bolder beers that traditionally come out around the holidays. Some of the most fun are the line of Bad Elf beers made by Ridgeway Brewing in the UK. There’s Bad Elf, Very Bad Elf, Seriously Bad Elf, Criminally Bad Elf & Insanely Bad Elf. Each beer is a different style & as the elf gets badder, the beer gets stronger. It’s undoubtedly a little kitschy, but they are all very well-made beers & I try to drink one of each every winter.

Dave Herman is a Certified Specialist of Spirits with close to two decades of experience in the food and beverage industry. His classes and tastings have been featured at The Institute of Culinary Education and 92nd Street Y. He has been a key contributor in bars, restaurants, retail, importers, distributors, events & worked every position from bartender to sales, & from management to ownership.

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