When coming in from the cold, depart from the obvious hot cocoa drink and instead unwind with one of these hearty, copper beers. Consider pairing with a stew, soup or roasted vegetables.
Upland Brewing Company “Winter Warmer Barley Wine” (Bloomington, Indiana): After a “bite” of tannins, this beer climaxes into a smooth finish.
Summit Brewing Company “Winter Ale” (St. Paul, Minnesota): Marked with cola flavor, the beer is flawless and consistent. It also has a long finish. Of the beers tasted, it’s the most fragrant and the heaviest.
Weyerbacher “Winter Ale” (Easton, Pennsylvania): The most complex of these winter beers. Expect mild spice notes, a pleasant effervescent quality and an upbeat finish.
Pyramid Breweries “Snow Cap” Full-bodied Winter Warmer (Seattle): Bitter, bright and light. A full-bodied, “husky” beer.
Magic Hat Brewing Company “Roxy Rolles” (South Burlington, Vermont): With a hoppy, musty finish and a nose like that of a Sauvignon Blanc, this beer is much lighter than the others.
Goose Island “Mild Winter” (Chicago): Brewed in the style of English Mild Ale, Goose Island’s Mild Winter is rich, layered and has a metallic finish.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company “Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale” (Boonville, California): Solar power drives the brewing and production of this very smooth, very effervescent beer. It has cola notes and a sparkling warmth that relaxes into a long finish.
Bell’s Brewery Inc. “Winter White Ale” (Kalamazoo, Michigan): The lightest in body, this brew carries orange and spice notes along with a finish tinged with cinnamon. A nose of coriander and smokiness kicks off the experience and reappears, mid-palate.
Blue Moon Brewing Company “Full Moon Winter Ale” (Golden, Colorado): This Belgian-style ale, which contains notes of caramel, doesn’t waver and is even-tempered all the way through to its toffee-laced finish.