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Spread Holiday Cheer With a Good Mulled Beer

Hot glühwein (aka mulled wine) is always popular among visitors flocking to the Christmas markets across Europe. But wine lovers aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a hot, spiced drink.

There’s also mulled beer. It’s called glühbier and is basically heated and spiced beer. And this lesser-known drink has been warming up brew lovers for centuries.

Mulled beer dates back to at least the 1640s. A pamphlet from 1641 titled “Warm Beer” shared the presumed health perks of hot versus cold ales, and numerous books from the 1800s include recipes for hot and hearty ales. Mulled beer drink was popular across Europe, particularly England, and then colonial America.

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