‘Tis the season of holiday hoopla which makes slowing down for a hefty winter brew all the more necessary. After you’ve decked the halls and hit the malls, reward yourself with a pint of something cold and hearty.
Here’s a random sampling of the winter brews your local BBC may have on tap. We say “may” because we swap out brews frequently and, of course, our pubs all march to the tune of their own little drummer boy. Find your pub on TapHunter or Untappd for an up-to-date beer list.
- Charles Wells; Wells Banana Bread Beer: What could possibly be more satisfying on a cold winter day than the taste of fresh-baked banana bread? Freshly-brewed banana bread beer, that’s what. On Untappd, Matthew W. says this puppy is a, “Delicious beer good for that subtle banana taste. Definitely a must try for banana bread fans,” while Nick L. says simply, “I dig it.”
- Tröegs; Mad Elf: Better a Mad Elf from Tröegs than an elf on the shelf that’s up to no good, as far as we’re concerned. This Belgian strong, dark ale earns a four-star rating on BeerAdvocate. User rDev describes it as “…spicy, yeasty and starts semi-sweet. It finishes long and dry with as much spice as it opens with. Fruity esters are light and there is a small amount of heat. Body is light to medium with medium high carbonation.” We do so love a “fruity ester.”
- Harpoon; 100 Barrel Series #62 – Nana’s Nightcap: Boston-based Harpoon has gone all “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in naming their seasonal porter. Rated “exceptional” by BeerAdvocate, users describe Nana’s Nightcap as resembling “an oatmeal cookie” and “having a nice, dark chocolate look to it.” Lone_Freighter waxes poetic saying it has a “…malty nose with whiffs of Christmas cookies baking in the oven.”
- Wormtown; Blizzard of ’78: Celebrate “the storm by which all storms are measured,” as the brewery says, with this Worcester-brewed baby. Wormtown describes the brew as “…a classic English Style Brown Ale with fresh roasted coffee beans added from Acoustic Java to give [it] a rich, smooth character.” They allege that drinking Blizzard of ’78 is best enjoyed “…when hearing more stories of walking through 27 inches of snow, uphill, blah, blah, blah.” Gotta love a good dose of “blah, blah, blah.”
- Traveler Beer Company; Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy: From yet another Massachusetts-based brewery; how cool is that? Traveler Beer Company says their shandy is made with “real orange, pomegranate and holiday spices…a refreshing libation for the season of festivity.” On Untappd, Jennifer A. declares it “…worthy of a six-pack.” High praise, indeed.
Should you find yourself going all “bah, humbug” because of the aforementioned “holiday hoopla,” find your way to the nearest BBC and belly up for a winter brew. We’ll have you ho-ho-ho-ing in no time.