Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

The Nutcracker Product We Never Knew We Needed: Beer

There are Nutcracker socks, Nutcracker ugly sweaters and even Nutcracker LEGO sets. And now, for that moment when you want even more Nutcracker in your life, there's Nutcracker beer.

Ohio's local Taft's Brewery Company is collaborating with Cincinnati Ballet to create a Nutcracker Ale that seems to be taken straight out of the Land of the Sweets, with flavors like cinnamon, vanilla and ginger.


Cincinnati Ballet's Nutcracker

Peter Mueller Photography, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

The limited edition brew will be available at the Cincinnati Music Hall during the company's Nutcracker run from December 19 to 29. It will also be sold at Taft's three taprooms in Cincinnati and Columbus throughout the holiday season.

The collaboration brings a distinctly adult activity to a ballet that's often seen as a holiday event just for the kids. Adding a specialty craft beer to intermission could be a way to entice not only Mom and the kiddos, but make it cool for their dads, aunts and uncles to come along, too.

This isn't the first-ever Nutcracker-themed craft beer. Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City and Rams Head in Annapolis have each put out their own varieties. But this is the first beer we've heard of that's officially teamed up with a local ballet company, directly connecting the barley to the barre, and creating an experience for hop heads that could draw a new audience to ballet's holiday hit.

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