There are plenty of locally available craft beers perfectly suited to help celebrate the holiday season. The question is, which one is right for you?

New Belgium's Accumulation White India Pale Ale, the brewery's new winter seasonal, satisfies with bright, slightly bitter lemon and grapefruit notes dancing atop a delicate wheat-beer base. It's a nice complement to lighter fare such as buttery pastas, or on its own as a midafternoon beer on days when work is an afterthought.

New Belgium's Frambozen, celebrating its 20th seasonal, is a malty brown ale spiked with fresh, tart raspberries and pairs well with heartier dishes and desserts.

Odell Brewing has rebranded its tasty Red Ale as Runoff Red IPA, to better characterize the beer's citrus and pine hop flavor. It joins Isolation Ale in the brewery's winter seasonal lineup and is available in six packs, as well as in the Montage variety pack through spring.

Saisons — with their highly carbonated, fruity and yet slightly peppery profile — are a great choice for entertaining during the holidays and pair well with a variety of foods.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co. is a perennial favorite, as is most anything from Fort Collins-based Funkwerks. Also try the brewery's Oud Bruin, a barrel-aged and blended sour beer, for a tart, complex alternative.

Lambic-style beers — spontaneously fermented, barrel-aged sour beers often sweetened up by fruit additions such as cherries, raspberries or peaches — drink more like a sparkling fruit wine than a beer and are a good choice to toast a special occasion.

Friek from Odell Brewing, with its unique blend of tart cherry and raspberry flavors, is a standout choice.

Richer, more resinous India Pale Ales such as Hop Haze from Boulder-based J Wells Brewery and Insane Rush from Niwot-based Bootstrap Brewing — both of which are available locally and at the breweries in bombers —- also pair well with a variety of foods and are well suited for winter.

You might also try a Black IPA for a darker beer with lots of hop character.

Sanitas Brewing Co. in Boulder has released cans of its Black IPA, which features an earthy, herbal hop aroma and flavor atop a chocolatly backdrop.

And Stage House 1889 from Crystal Springs Brewing Co., a tasty Black IPA originally developed exclusively for The Kitchen (Upstairs), is available in 22-ounce bottles and at the brewery's new taproom in Louisville.

Belgian-style Tripels, with their complex interplay of sweet Belgian candy sugar, fruity esters and spice, are another excellent choice for pairing with holiday foods.

Boulder Beer recently released a one-time batch of The Heckler Belgian Tripel as a special tribute to the USA Cyclo-cross National Championships, which will be contested in Boulder Jan. 8-12. It's available in 16-ounce canned four packs. And the brewery's Shake Chocolate Porter continues to be a big hit, with strong sales throughout Boulder Beer's distribution area.

Toward the darker end of the spectrum, stouts and porters pair well with roasted meats and desserts.

Upslope Brewing Co. recently released its seasonal Foreign Style Stout, a well-balanced and approachable beer that makes for a great introduction to the style. And Twisted Pine's award-winning Northstar Imperial Porter ups the amplitude with flavors of currants, dark fruit and cocoa all intermingling in a complex and satisfying brew.

Twisted Pine's Big Shot Espresso Stout adds a coffee kick; it's currently available in 22-ounce bottles on liquor store shelves and at the brewery.

On the extreme end, Avery Brewing Co. released the 2013 installment of its Mephistopheles' Stout last week. Perfect for taking the chill off of a cold winter's eve, this massive beer finishes at 15.4 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and is packed with deep, rich flavors of stone fruit, chocolate and dark-roasted coffee.

Left Hand's Holiday Toy Drive

Left Hand Brewing Co. will host its annual Our Gift to the OUR Center toy drive from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in the brewery's Longmont taproom, 1265 Boston Ave. Enjoy the lineup of Left Hand beers, visit with Santa and bring a new, unwrapped toy with a value of at least $15 to help benefit the Outreach United Resource Center in Longmont. All gift donors will receive a free pint.

Contact Tom Wilmes at boulderbeerguy@gmail.com