There is arguably no other time of year when the beers are as creative and wide-ranging as they are during the holiday season. Winter brews, spiced brews, riffs on hearty, rib-sticking international brewsthis seems to be the time when brewers dig deep into their well of ideas and see what they can come up with. There are, of course, too many great ones to cover in their entirety, but we think that these five are a good start. And they all embody so much of what makes holiday beer drinking so exciting: Deliciousness, creativity, and, often, a sense of humor.