With the winter holidays just around the corner, breweries are cranking out a variety cold-weather offerings, some traditional and other wildly unexpected…And we’ve five holiday craft beer directions that you may need to chase down.
North Coast Takes Stock (Fort Bragg, CA) – North Coast Brewing has a hefty new barrel-aged release that’s the perfect addition to the winter holiday season. North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve is a MASSIVE complex and flavorful small batch release that has been aged in rye whiskey and wheat whiskey barrels.
No Pain No Jane (Fort Collins, CO) – A special beer that New Belgium originally crafted for the Winter Park Ski resort in Colorado is getting a nationwide release this holiday season as part of its A Season To Cheer Variety Pack. Brimming with rich notes of caramel and malt that quickly give way to citrus, pine and blueberry tones, New Belgium Mary Jane Pale Ale Is a 4.5% ABV American Pale Ale with a crispy dry finish.
UpCountry Sours (Asheville, NC) – Upcountry Brewing has a new Simply Sour Series release that’s fruity, approachable yet unambiguously tart. Upcountry Black Currant Gose is a 4.8% ABV dark fruit-infused take on the proud German tradition.
Stout Stuff (Chico, CA) – Sierra Nevada Brewing has returned a favorite limited release as part of its seasonal Snowpack Varity 12-Pack. Crafted with specially curated cold-brewed coffee and dark roasted malts, Sierra Nevada Coffee Stout is a 6.2% ABV winter refresher with layers of bittersweet, fruity, dark chocolate and caramel-like flavors.
Highland Brewing Shoots For The Stars (Asheville, NC) – Highland Brewing has a new addition to its year-round portfolio that’s been named as one the nation’s best wheat ales. Originally released earlier this year as a summer seasonal and crafted with wheat and rye sourced from Asheville’s Riverbend Malt House, Highland Starchaser White is a 4.8% ABV White Ale tempered with coriander, candied ginger, and grapefruit peel.