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Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 6:09 am

The holidays call for perfectly justified cravings that may border on obsessive any other time of the year. Among the sweet and savory flavors of the season are burgeoning craft breweries that have fast become local fan favorites. Warm up this winter at one of these hopps-spots, and satisfy your taste for seasonal suds.

SanTan Brewing Company

8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler

(480) 917-8700 or SanTanBrewing.com

Since 2007, San Tan Brewing Company in Chandler has produced annual specialties in addition to their ever-popular core brews on tap year round. Among the most anticipated is the annual Winter Warmer Ale. Rich with caramel and roasted malts, this beer pours 9 percent alcohol by volume and is sure to warm you up during chilly winter months.

If you are looking for something with a little more spice, then the Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale is the brew for you. Fresh ginger, cinnamon and licorice add all the flavors of winter to this smooth ale.

Sleepy Dog Brewery

(Dog Friendly)

1451 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert

(480) 963-1805 or Facebook.com/sleepydogpub

Sleepy Dog Brewery in east Gilbert is a local hangout where friends can get together in a fun atmosphere, enjoy a dog-friendly patio, play games and listen to live music.

If you recognize the name and not the place, it is probably because the consistent quality of Sleepy Dog brews can be found on grocery store shelves and restaurants taps around the state.

Pay a visit to this brew pub and ask for a pour of Max’s Holiday Spice, a Baltic-style porter. In addition to craft beer, a from-scratch menu offers popular items like half-pound burgers and seasonal cheesecakes. I can’t think of a better way to soak up all those suds!

Huss Brewing Company

1520 W. Mineral Road, Suite 102, Tempe

(480) 264-7611 or HussBrewing.com

If you’re in the mood for something on the sweeter side, then the Rice Pudding Porter at Huss Brewing Co. in Tempe is for you. With 20 beers on tap, Huss offers a large variety of their own craft beer, which is made right on site. In addition, Huss supports other Arizona breweries by pouring favorites from around the state.

Looking for things to do that will ease the holiday hustle? The calendar at Huss offers events like yoga in the brewery on Sundays and a regular schedule of gourmet food trucks.

More information

For more of the best holiday drinks, dines and good times, text LOCALS to 72727 or visit LocalLily.com to download the latest mobile guide for free on your computer or smartphone.

LocalLily.com is a blog about the best local restaurants, shopping and things to do. Follow @locallily for more drinks, dines and good times on Facebook and Twitter.

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