It’s December and what a festive time to be a beer drinker as winter beers are on the shelves.

But what is a winter ale and how do breweries celebrate yuletide cheer? There are two breweries that have been doing winter beers well for years: Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC and Deschutes in Bend Oregon.

On this episode hosts Em Sauter and Don Tse talk with Highland CEO Leah Wong Ashburn about what goes into making Cold Mountain Winter Ale, and it’s now famous weekend-long festival.

The duo also chats with Ben Kehs, the innovation brewing manager at Deschutes about brewing Jubelale Festive Winter Warmer. There are some fun legends and superstitions around the beer.

Happy Holidays from the All About Beer podcast!

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