December is ON and craft brewers are addressing the cooling weather with exciting new offerings you’re gonna want to chase down this weekend.
Mint Conditioning (Baltimore, MD) – The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, is getting ready for the holidays with the newest release from its barrel-aging program which is now in its fourth year. Guinness Chocolate Milk Stout is a festive 10.8% ABV Stout which was aged to perfection in Kentucky bourbon barrels, and then conditioned with pure cacao and mint.
“With each new beer from our barrel-aging program, we look to challenge ourselves with flavor combinations that most people wouldn’t expect from Guinness,” said Sean Brennan, Head Brewer at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore. “And that’s exactly what we’ve got here with our Chocolate Mint Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. Chocolate and mint are a classic flavor combination, and the way those flavors interact with the bourbon character leads to something really special. It’s the perfect beer to sip on after a solid meal with family and friends over the holidays.”
Nice With Rice (Boonville, CA) – Anderson Valley Brewing has a unique year-round release that is brewed with a black rice which was once only reserved for Chinese royalty, and is renowned in health circles for its powerful antioxidant properties. Brewed with American two-row pale malt and an ample dose of the prized black rice, Anderson Valley Black Rice Ale is an approachable 3.8% ABV Nut Brown Ale with dark rye undertones and a subtly nutty finish.
Into The Woods (Grand Rapids, MI) – Founders Brewing Co. has returned a barrel-aged exotic that was last released as part of its Mothership Series in 2020. Currently available in 4-packs of 12oz bottles and on draft in Founders’ Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms and nationwide starting in January 2022, Founders Frootwood is a light-bodied 8% ABV Cherry Ale aged in barrels that previously held bourbon and maple syrup.