Draught Horse Brewery (DHB) in Lyon Township, MI was up to something a little different during the month of December this year … they were open on Mondays?! Yeah, you read that right. DHB is typically closed on Monday every week, but in December of 2018 they had plans for four of the five Mondays the month granted them.

Draught Horse Brewery hours as of 2018.

One of those Mondays happened to be Christmas Eve, so DHB opened up to the public, offered half of growler fills, and had a mystery stout release party to cap off their 12 Stouts of Christmas.

DHB has been in the 12 Stouts of Christmas game for a few years now. While they don’t distribute, they did a solid job making their hype train and presence known with consistent Facebook posts and events, along with a hype video.

12 Stouts of Christmas 2018

Your 2018 12 Stouts of Christmas Lineup!

Posted by Draught Horse Brewery on Monday, October 29, 2018

Each beer in the 12 Stouts of Christmas lineup went very quick as each batch was only a keg or two.

Draught Horse’s 12 Stouts of Christmas lineup with release dates.

Christmas Eve, a Monday, they released a thirteenth stout and had a party to show it off. While the kitchen was closed, it did not keep people away. Overall it was a wonderful party showcasing the mystery stout and the other fine brews that Draught Horse Brewery has to offer.

I was able to get my hands on all of the stouts and here are my top three:

3. Mexican Coffee Stout (3rd Stout)

The Mexican Coffee Stout was chocolatey and full of delicious coffee taste throughout the beer. It was very similar to a cold brew coffee taste. I’m not sure where Draught Horse is snagging their coffee for brewing, but they should keep it up as it is flavorful and wholesome.

2. White Stout (13th Stout)

2. White Stout – 13th Stout
The white stout was a nice surprise at the end of a long list of twelve dark stouts. It’s off-stout color could pass as a lighter beer, like a witbier. The beer had a heavy front of coffee, along with a touch of cocoa and smoke.

1. Marshmallow Stout (“Filler”)

I was told that this stout was the one that was offered when the other stouts ran out. This one was by far the best one that DHB made during the 2018 Christmas Stout season. Besides the traditional stout profile, it gave off a solid taste of marshmallow that was not too sweet or powerful.

Overall, DHB had a laid back country vibe to it. Everyone there was friendly and excited about what they were brewing up, so I will be back to check out more of what it has to offer in terms of the beer and the kitchen.

Were you able to get your hands on any of the stouts Draught Horse had to offer this year? Which was your favorite?



By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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