Weekend Beer: New Winter Porters And Nitro Stouts

, Weekend Beer: New Winter Porters And Nitro Stouts

(Courtesy Firestone Walker)

November is ON and craft brewers are addressing the cooling weather with exciting new offerings you’re gonna want to chase down this weekend.

‘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.

“Every year, we get to play around with creating a seasonal stout, and this time we went in an entirely new direction inspired by locally sourced vanilla beans,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson “I think we landed on a really unique stout. You get a true nitro experience straight out of the can. It fits the season perfectly.”

, Weekend Beer: New Winter Porters And Nitro Stouts

(Courtesy Sierra Nevada Brewing)

Tis The Season II (Chico, CA) – Thanksgiving is nearing and Sierra Nevada is celebrating the upcoming holiday season, with a fresh hop release that many consider a classic. Crafted with fresh picked hops that are kiln-dried and raced to the brewery, Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA is a 6.8% ABV India Pale Ale that’s a welcome respite to all the malt-forward holiday beers that dominate retail every winter. And because of the fresh hop mix this beer is always a little different every year.

“We wanted to brew a beer that really featured what we love most about hops, so we chose to brew this beer only with hops that have been freshly harvested so the most amazing flavors and aromas can really shine,” says Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. “Hop harvest season is special time we look forward to every year.”

, Weekend Beer: New Winter Porters And Nitro StoutsMelvin Brews A Very  KÜHL Beer (Alpine, WY) – Melvin Brewing and outdoor apparel brand Kühl have joined forces on something new that makes for good drinking while it gives back to the community. The first in a series of rotating seasonal releases from the Wyoming brewery focusing on less-hoppier beer styles, Melvin Scenario Porter is a 6% ABV limited release that will warm your insides with rich burnt sugar, cocoa and toast notes.

And along with the beer’s launch Melvin Brewing and Kühl are also sponsoring a clothing drive. Melvin beer reps will be hosting Scenario Porter tap events throughout the country where they’ll collect gently-used gear and warm clothing in good condition for donation to regional charities. Everyone who shows up at an event with donations will be entered to win a Kühl jacket of their own.

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