As we settle into the winter months, we’ve got some simple joys to look forward to. Quiet nights in front of the fireplace. Or not-so-quiet nights in front of a large screen TV. Whether your agenda includes watching lots of sports or reading lots of books, a great craft beer can be an excellent addition to the action. Our correspondent Jeanette Settembre has curated a list of 8 of the best craft beers to spread some cheer this winter holiday season and beyond, including IPA, stout and sour. Take that, coronavirus!
The best Craft beers to savor over the winter holidays and beyond
It’s been a year of virtual happy hours, with bars and taprooms closed across the country. Making it harder for beer lovers to travel to their favorite breweries.
And yet, despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, craft breweries still managed to churn out unique and memorable brews this year.[white_box]
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Just in time for the year-end break, the Super Bowl, college hoops, the NBA or just a quiet night at home, here are 8 different craft beers that should be on your list for consideration.
These are some of the best craft beers of 2020, and they’re perfect ways to say cheers to the new year. And to enjoy until spring 2021 finally arrives.
1. Victory Sour Monkey
Brewery Location: Dowington, Pennsylvania
2020 may have left a sour taste in your mouth but this beer won’t. This pilsner-style sour brew from Dowington, Pennsylvania is one of the best craft beers for this winter season. It has tropical aromas and Belgian spice mixed with a hint of sweetness. It’s said to have a tangy citrus taste with notes of lemon. And while we think it brings a bit of a summer vibe to your winter craft beer rotation, this one is available year-round.
BUY NOW – $11.99 for a six-pack.
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2. Fort Point Beer Company Dipper Double IPA
Brewery Location: San Francisco
Style: Double IPA
This San Francisco-made IPA by Fort Point Beer Co. has notes of pink grapefruit and orange juice that carry through this light and crisp brew. It’s balanced with a subtle taste of malt and has a fruity finish.
BUY NOW – $14 for a six-pack.
3. Springdale Brig Mocha Stout
Brewery location: Framingham, Mass.
This Framingham, Massachusetts-based brewery serves up a sweet stout that features roasted coffee notes mixed with vanilla and caramel. Or as the brewers describe it: “Brazilian coffee, chocolate, oats, and milk sugar bring their best to this delightful, decadent beer.”
BUY NOW – $13.19 for a four-pack.
4. PFriem Maple Barrel Aged Smoked Porter
Brewery location: Hood River, Ore.
This smoked porter style beer is aged in maple syrup with 9.1% ABV that’s reminiscent of pancakes for breakfast. It features a blend of bourbon-spiked Irish coffee, pecan pie and wood-fired flavors.
This one’s a bit hard to get your hands on, unless you live in Oregon. If you’re local, you can find it here – $12 per bottle.[white_box]
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5. Dogfish Head Campfire Amplifier
Brewery location: Milton, Del.
Style: Milk Stout
The campfire classic comes with a buzz. This milky stout is brewed with marshmallows, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, graham crackers, vanilla beans and smoked malt.
BUY NOW – $16.99 for a six-pack.
6. Weathered Souls Black is Beautiful
Brewery location: San Antonio, Texas
Style: Imperial Stout
Drinking this beer – one of the best stout craft beers out there this winter – provides enjoyment. And it also promotes change. 100% of the proceeds towards this imperial stout are expected to go towards foundations in support of police reform and legal defense funds. The cause was started by breweries, including Weathered Souls, which inspired others to start contributing to foundations that aid in reform.
You can find a list of local breweries near you where Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout is available here.
7. Yazoo Saison d’Hiver
Brewery location: Nashville, Tennessee
A limited-edition winter offering, this dark winter Saison is “brewed with Vienna, dark wheat, roasted barley, special b malt and dark invert Candi syrup. Fermented with multiple Belgian and French yeast strains on dried black currants,” it’s a special winter treat. And it’s selling quickly.
BUY NOW – $13[white_box]
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8. Wrinkle, the Veil Brewing Co.
Brewery location: Richmond, Virginia
Style: Double IPA
We close our list of the best craft beers to enjoy this winter holiday season with a double IPA. Wrinkle is a brand new Double IPA from the Veil Brewing Company described as “heavy on the oats and wheat . . . it tastes like Gushers fruit snacks with a hint of pleasant dankness.”
BUY NOW – $17. for a 4-pack.
the best craft beers to enjoy this winter season
That’s our roundup of 8 of the best craft beers to spread some cheer this winter 2020 holiday season and beyond into 2021, including IPAs, stout, sour and more. What’s your top pick? Whatever you’re drinking, stay safe and strong, dear reader. Here’s to happier days ahead.
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Jeanette Settembre is a New York City features writer and editor specializing in lifestyle, food, and travel. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine and Architectural Digest, among many other publications. Jeanette started her career in journalism as a features reporter for the New York Daily News, where she edited Entertainment and wrote the Sunday food column “Eats Beat.”
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