Beer is perfect for any time of year, but for winter, you’ll need some special brews. Malty, sour and rich brews are great for the coldest months, and luckily for you, we have you covered. Here are the 10 beers every suds lover needs to survive the cold.
For those of you who love clever names and low ABVs, this beer is for you. At only 4 percent ABV, this pale ale is perfect for those who like big flavor without the hangover. With citra hops, citrus juice and peels, Ryan and The Gosling is fruity, zesty and funky.
If you’re looking for a good beer for winter, a good sign is seeing “winter” in the name of the brew. Hiver, which means “winter” in French, is a nice golden Belgian with touches of leather and bitterness. With an 8 percent ABV count, it is ideal for when you want to warm up from the inside out.
Almanac is known for making top-notch brews with local produce, and its Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru does not disappoint. Made with Californian muscat blanc grapes, this sour beer is well-suited for the white-wine lovers out there. Make sure you pick up a couple of these limited releases when you can. (And with a 10 percent ABV, just drink one at a time, okay?)
Hop lovers, rejoice—you’ve just found you’re new favorite brew. As Follows is a 9 percent ABV golden ale with tons of flavor. Fruity notes like orange, pineapple and tangerine keep this beer smooth in taste while hops bring up a slight sense of bitterness. The result is a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. We’ll have another one, please.
Winter is the time for stouts, and if you’re going to gulp one down, make it a good one. Anchor’s Flying Cloud is a heavy beer with history as an inspiration. Made with the idea of the stouts made during the Gold Rush, this brew is made with black malts, golden hops and flaked barley. Dark and intense, it is perfect for winding down during chilly months.
It’s time for the IPA. Hop Drop ‘N Roll from NoDA is citrusy, hoppy and delicious. After taking a long sip, you’ll find a nice piney finish—in short, a great beer.
Continuing the citrus theme, Great Divide’s Orabelle Belgian-style tripel brings orange peels to barley, wheat and oats for a solid brew made with two different types of yeasts. With an 8.3 percent ABV, this is a powerful brew that’ll knock you out.
Espresso, chocolate, vanilla and … ancho chiles? On the nose, you’ll get notes of bourbon and the aforementioned vanilla with some hints of coconut. The taste is sweet and creamy, like a s’more in your mouth (with a spicy kick). If you ever crave a boozy dessert, dish the plate and pour a glass of this.
Boulevard’s Rye-on-Rye is a whiskey lover’s dream. Made in barrels from Temptation Rye, this 12 percent ABV brew brings a spiciness reminiscent of rye whiskey, along with citrus, some hops and a dry finish.
We’re taking you to Hawaii—in a glass. This porter from Maui Brewing combines roasted coconut, hops and malted barley for a winter beer that hints to warmer times of the year. Notes of chocolate, coffee and, yes, coconut round out the finish. You’ll want to drink year-round.
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