Alternative Winter Beers

While this cold wind whips around the Porter, I am typing this and drinking Dogfish Head Burton Baton, one of my favorite beers of all time. Usually people think of dark beers as winter beers and usually they are right. But if you don’t like dark beers, there are still many great options to switch to once there is a chill in the air.

Barlywines with their high ABV are a sure bet to getting you feeling warmer in no time. Rogue’s Old Crustean is wonderful, but so it Moylan’s or for a treat go vintage and get a JW Lees Harvest 1994 which has mellowed with age to create a subtle, complex and smooth barleywine expierence.

Oak Aged IPAs like the Dogfish Head Burton Baton or Great Divide Anniversary are great in the winter for IPA drinkers. The malt is a bit amped up, but there’s still lots of freshing grapefruit. (Soon Cigar City’s legendary Cedar Aged Jai Acai IPA will be here!)

Finally the British tend to make their Holiday beers a bit maltier than their bitters, but by no means dark. Samuel Smith Winter Warmer is a great example, or Ridgeway Brewing’s Bad Elf, Seriously Bad Elf, Criminally Bad Elf, and Insanely Bad Elf are all not dark variations on barleywines, IPAs or Strong Ales. Speaking of Strong Ales, I can not get enough North Coast Old Stock Ale! I love that beer.

Okay time to get back to drinking….



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