Great Divide Brewing
In Denver, CO, Hibernation Ale (8.1%) is cellared (or hibernates) through the summer and into the fall with extra hops in the casks. The end result is a complex, hoppy, warming strong ale that has been brewed since 1995.
New Belgium Brewing
Frambozen (7%) is a Belgian-style brown ale fermented with Northwest raspberries and brewed in Fort Collins, CO. Brewer Bill Hepp traveled to Oregon to oversee the selection and shipment of this year’s raspberries. He said, “Drinking Frambozen is like stomping on the gas of a vintage El Camino.”
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Snowplow Milk Stout (5.5%) is a new winter seasonal beer from the brewery in Portland, OR. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt aromas and flavors plow into your mouth with this black beer, a result of the Collaborator project between the Oregon Brew Crew (one of the oldest homebrewing clubs in the nation) and Widmer Brothers.
Pike Pub & Brewery
The little brewery in downtown Seattle brews the chocolate-colored Pike Stout XXXXX (6%) as a full-bodied beer with a smooth, velvety mouthfeel and a roasty flavor. You can never have too many Xs in a beer, especially at Xmas.
Summit Winter Ale (5.9%) is an English-style strong ale that is robust and full-bodied. It can be found in the St. Paul, MN, brewer’s Winter Sampler Pack (12-pack) along with Extra Pale Ale, IPA and Summit Grand.
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Brown, rich and full-bodied, Cuvée de Noël (9%) from southern Belgium is a tasty treat. Come in from the snowy forest and enjoy a glass.