Tis the Season for Winter Beers !
It's the most wonderful time of the year! The weather, the holidays, and of course the seasonal winter brews!
The cool thing about these type of beers outside the fact that they are seasonal is that normally they are freshly brewed with a recipe that changes every year.
You will see hints of Maple, cinnamon, taffy, chocolate, and coffee in these somewhat dark beers for the season. So, saying that here are four beers you should at least take a look at this holiday season to get your winter warmer on:
Anchor Christmas ( San Francisco): Every year these guys make changes to the recipe and it is always sooo good! Coming in at 6.9 abv the secret sauce is still secret but here's what Anchor has to say about its flavor profile.
Slightly darker than last year’s Christmas Ale, the 2019 edition is layered with toasted caramel and coffee flavors with subtle hints of Mexican chocolate, rounded out with herbaceous spices. Crack open a bottle for a spiced whiff of western evergreens, roasted malts, and coastal flowers. It’s a rich, round and full bodied-treat with a silky, smooth finish.
George Hunter Stout ( Castle Danger Brewery Two Harbors MN): Tis the season for stouts and this one brings it. Sitting in at 8 percent ABV it has notes and aromas of molasses, licorice, maple, chocolate, and cream. There are also coffee hints in this offering that will keep you warm on days like today.
Valhalla Winter Warmer ( Earth Rider Brewery, Duluth MN)
This one is a Scotch ale clocking in at 9 %ABV and 30 IBU's. If you're an alcohol/whiskey drinker, you might dig this one. It features bready malts, dark fruit, and caramel notes.
Lastly, we go to North Dakota with Fargo Brewing Company.
Migrating Coconuts: It's a Coconut Oatmeal Milk stout with a creamy mouthfeel of natural chocolate and coffee tones. It's 5.7 ABV and 22 IBU's will allow you to knock back a couple before blacking out.