For today’s holiday ale, we get a little bit of the flannel look from the only U.S. Trappist brewery, Spencer who bring us a honey spiced amber lager as their take on the Winter Warmer.
Back to Oregon for a little jingle from Kris Kringle that McMenamin’s describes as a ” hearty and robust ale with a big and bold malt complexity. Toasty, caramel and fig flavors make up its sturdy foundation while two hop varieties added in five different additions deliver magnificent and intense hop flavor and aroma.”
Mulling spices are a great Christmas Ale tradition and except for here in SoCal, sweaters are too. Avery has combined them both for their latest winter warmer.
To Torrance, CA we head next for a proper British Winter Warmer, T’Ould Lad from Yorkshire Square Brewery.
“This delicious English Old Ale is brewed with our in house invert sugar creating a big, malty, holiday-like explosion of flavor in your mouth hole.”
Next up is an alternate holiday ale from Sierra Nevada. Winter Warmer gives you something different from the Fresh Hop Celebration IPA. It is available in their Winter Snowpack Variety.
We move to the Moose for our next winter ale from Saranac Brewing.
“An American Pale Ale with fresh floral and citrus hop characters to keep the season bright. We’ve improved upon the 2012 recipe to fit with the palettes of today.”
We head back to my hometown of Portland for our next Winter Warmer from Ex Novo, Liquid Sweater…”PDX Red Ale with rich caramel & dark fruit notes. Willamette hops & spicy herbal finish.”
Next up in the holiday hit parade comes from The Brewer’s Art. St. Festivus is a Winter Warmer style beer from the Baltimore brewery and restaurant.
Rahr & Sons from Fort Worth, Texas brews up a Winter Warmer that is our 4th holiday beer of the season. An English Dark Ale for cold days or nights.
Our next sleigh stop is Monrovia, California and Pacific Plate Brewing for their Belgian take on a Christmas Ale.