Winter is ON and American craft brewers are addressing the season new offerings you’re gonna want to have around.
‘Tis The Season (Paso Robles, CA) – Firestone Walker Brewing has introduced a new winter seasonal that pairs perfectly with the holidays. Nuanced by dark-roasted specialty malts that impart hints of caramel and chocolate, Firestone Cinnamon Dolce Nitro Stout is a 6% ABV cold-weather release that was brewed with Saigon cinnamon sticks and premium Madagascar vanilla beans, then infused with nitrogen for a super-creamy mouthfeel. The vanilla beans come from Cook Flavorings, a renowned third-generation purveyor of fine vanilla and spices, located in Firestone Walker’s hometown of Paso Robles.
“Vanilla is a flavor amplifier, and the key is to use it in balance to enhance everything else that is going on in the beer,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Adding a bit of cinnamon makes for a really nice combination that provides a balancing point with the chocolaty character of the stout.”
“Cinnamon Dolce was a bit of an instant classic for us,” Brynildson added. You get a true nitro experience straight out of the can. It was just a matter of time before we brought it back.”
Hop To It (Chico, CA / Mills River, NC) -One of the nation’s most accomplished craft brewers Sierra Nevada Brewing has a winter offering that New Belgium founder Kim Jordon claims is her go-to holiday beer, and we couldn’t agree with her more. First brewed in 1981, Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop Ale is a 6.8% ABV India Pale Ale, one of a very few, holiday beers that’s actually an IPA. And because it’s a fresh-hop India Pale Ale it’s subtly different every year, which is always fun.
Shiner Beer Enters The N/A Arena (Shiner, TX) – Spoetzl Brewery, the independent, family-owned makers of the iconic Shiner Beer is addressing the growing non-alcoholic beer segment with a new offering that couldn’t be more convincing. Styled after a classic American lager, Shiner Rode0 is a light and refreshing buzz-free refresher with crisp and malty notes that are perfectly balanced by delicate esters and a gentle hop profile.
“Fans of Shiner have consistently requested non-alcoholic options to complement our more traditional beers,” says Tom Fiorenzi, Director of Brewery & Distillery Operations. “We’re proud to introduce the first of three non-alcoholic brews to our fans. Brewed using the same method as our iconic Shiner beers, the Shiner Rode0 line is authentically Shiner, without the addition of alcohol.
In 2023, sales of non-alcoholic beer increased by over seventeen percent in Texas and 23% percent in the U.S from the year prior.
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