December 10, 2014

Christmas & Winter Beer List

I wrote earlier on when the winter beers started coming out, but I'd figure I would do up another post what with Christmas coming and all. 

The type of beer that is 'in season' now is darker and heavier / heartier beers such as stouts and dark ales etc to help you stay warm during the colder months. 

Here is what I would recommend to fellow beer drinkers to buy for themselves or for others.

- Church Key Holy Smoke Scotch Ale

6.2% Alc/Vol 11 IBU
(not a seasonal, but definitely enjoyed this time of year) A peat smoked Scotch ale. This unique brews heart is that 10% of the malt is kilned over a peat fire, giving beautiful, deep rich smoky tones to the beer. It pours dark brown with a light tan head. It is low in hop bitterness and its profile is dominated by the sweet and smoky malts.

- Beau's Bogwater [winter seasonal] Eastern Ontario Gruit6.6% alc/vol
The inspiration for BOG•WATER came from the Alfred Bog, a truly unique feature of Eastern Ontario. The malt and yeast profile is that of a Belgian Dubbel, a very contemplative and complex ale, and we added an interesting twist: we use wild harvested bog myrtle, an herb used in brewing extensively until the 1500s. Bog myrtle adds bitterness, a sweet aroma and herbal spicy notes. The result is a beer style we can claim is truly our own, an Eastern Ontario Gruit.

- Beau's Tom Green Beer milk stout
5.0% alc/vol
(not a seasonal, but definitely enjoyed this time of year) Beau’s and Canadian actor and comedian Tom Green have collaborated to create The Tom Green Beer. A milk stout, The Tom Green Beer displays flavours of chocolate and coffee, while delivering a creamy, velvety texture, and finishing with a mild sweetness.

- Best of Beau's 2014 mixpack
The BEST OF BEAU’S is a mix pack featuring an eclectic mix of our most sought after one-off creations. All four beers were chosen through popular vote, by those who know best – our fans! Each Best of Beau’s Mix Pack contains one 600mL bottle of... Winterbrewed (Coffee-Amber), Burnt Rock (Vanilla Porter), St. Luke's Verse (Lavender Gruit), and Mission Accomplished (American IPA)!

- Wychwood's Bah Humbug Christmas Ale 

Tis the season to be jolly - oh no it isn't!
At least you can take refuge from the Christmas shopping with this rich, fruity spiced ale guaranteed to make even the most seasoned party pooper smile.

- Wychwood's 'Beers of Character' mix pack 
2014 includes Hobgoblin, Scarecrow, Dr. Thirstry and Imperial Red

- Muskoka Winterbeard

Our Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout is rich and sturdy with roasted dark chocolate malts, real cocoa, 70% dark chocolate, and freshly harvested local cranberries. Pair that with a slightly higher alcohol content and you’ll find yourself sharing this bottle of joy all winter long.
ABV: 8.0%

...and finally, my favourite beer (year round) deserves a mention:

- Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale(not a seasonal, but definitely enjoyed this time of year) 5.6% alc/vol
Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is an imaginative interpretation of the Pale Ale style and features a unique northern-inspired medley of ingredients. Sweet Gale, Yarrow, Dried Heather Flowers, Rose Hips, and Cranberries comprise its balanced fruit-and-herb bouquet, while a Maple-Syrup addition rounds out the complex character of the beer. The Nordic pale ale features intricate herbal nuance, moderate hop presence, pleasant dryness, and a crisp finish.

No matter what you choose, enjoy (responsibly of course). I hope this helps, and that you discover new beers. 

And, of course, if Santa is reading this, I would not say 'no' to any of these.

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