Off to the snows of Utah and the Wasatch Brewery for their take on the holiday ale which is not the norm, an imperial amber…
“Bundle up and get ready for an Imperial Amber Ale that you’ll reach for when the temps go down. Jump on the lift and crack open this deep red ale with a rich caramel malt backbone and an elevated fruity hop profile.”
We head out to McMinnville, my college town, for one of the best named Christmas beers out there, Tannen Bomb from Golden Valley Brewery.
“Massie complex beer brewed especially to bring warmth and cheer to the cold wet winter months of the great Northwest.”
I like a beer that has the one of these things is not like the other ingredient. In the case of Winter Stout from Institution Ales, you have vanilla, cocao and …. pecan wood.
Not all holiday celebrations go swimmingly, if you feel like you are turning sour, remember Polite Conversations. The cranberry sour from Inglewood’s Three Weavers. It may not help a conversation into fun but it will pair with both food and walking away.
A sour ale “overflowing with cranberries and buzzing with the perfect hint of pomegranate.”
The U.S. does not have a monopoly on Christmas beers and today we have a sparkling beer with a twist on the Lambic spelling from Belgium’s Oud Beersel.
“Winterlambiek Oud Beersel” is infused with pine buds. The incredible aroma takes you to the evergreen trees of the pine forest. The earthy pine buds give a spicy flavor to the smooth and complex Lambic, which offers a mild, slightly dry finish that will have you looking for the next sip as soon as possible!
“Winterlambiek Oud Beersel” is also very unique because it does not follow the traditional path of a winter beer. lt drinks like a light beer, has a refreshing carbonation and focuses more on the complexity of Lambic to drive the flavour forward instead of the sweetness that typically prevails in a winter beer.”
It is tough to pick the beer to start the season with but sentimentality for my home state of Oregon and the fact that I love the rotating artwork each year means that Jubelale from Deschutes Brewing gets the nod.
“Cozy up fireside with this festive winter ale full of spice notes and a robust malt character of toffee and dusted cocoa.”
Time to fill a non-frosted glass with something seasonally appropriate, perhaps a Cold IPA?
Start a new ritual with this Cold IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery.
We end our socially distant month of holiday seasonal beers with the festively bright green and red and festively spiced coffee stout from 2SP Brewing Company. Something to give you a nice jolt for any last minute gift wrapping.
We stay in Oregon for a stout from Goodlife Brewing in Bend, Oregon. Now I drove over the “pass” from Salem to Bend in November and there were moments where my hands were glued to the wheel for sure. A stout beer at the end of the journey would have been welcome indeed.
Next up in our holiday seasonal parade of beers is a brewery only release from Fremont Brewing in Seattle who are bringing the chocolate to the season.