After spending the last few weeks deep in research for our next issue (we can’t say much yet, but it’s definitely one you won’t want to miss!), we returned to find our tasting table teeming with a fresh crop of seasonal beers. Needless to say, we immediately got cracking—here are the highlights:
Bend, Oregon, 7% ABV
This winter release from Oregon up-and-comer 10 Barrel Brewing Co. offers piney hop aromas that evolve into flavors of toasted grains, graham crackers and a slight cocoa kick.
Cold Springs, Minnesota/San Francisco, 7.9%ABV
This wintry spiced ale combines a whole host of our favorite seasonal flavors—think nutmeg, cinnamon and clove—into the portable convenience of a can.
Bend, Oregon, 6.7% ABV
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this season, Jubelale is a holiday favorite for many with warming, wintry notes of sweet malts, dried fruits and a kiss of bitter hops on the finish.
Milton, Delaware, 5.2% ABV
Coffee and chicory make a natural pair and this easy-drinking stout ups the roasty-toasty factor with added notes of bittersweet chocolate, subtle smoke and a hint of dried fruit.
Fort Collins, Colorado, 10% ABV
From grapefruit and guava to almond and vanilla—Odell Brewing definitely went in a different direction with this cool-weather release, offering a welcome addition to winter’s traditional lineup of deep, dark beers. Utilizing the experimental mosaic hop, this barrel-aged brew is refreshing from start to finish, with notes that range from tropical fruit flavors to mellowed hops spice.
Escondito, California, 9.6% ABV
Love mint chocolate chip ice cream? Then you’ve got to try this recent release from the Stone Collaboration series. Just as the name promises, expect aromas of fresh-cut mint, followed by bittersweet cocoa flavors and a touch of blackstrap molasses on the finish.
Portland, Oregon, 7.6% ABV
Forget the milk and cookies and leave Santa a bottle of this stout instead. Oh-so smooth with rich and creamy dark chocolate flavors and a whisper of smoke, this velvety bottle is one we plan to revisit all season long.