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Monday, December 01, 2008

Winter Ales Season

The winter seasonals have been out for some time, but the season doesn't really seem, you know, wintry, until after Thanksgiving. Add to that the Holiday Ale Fest, which kicks off this week, and we're in the season for the big, burly ales that most of us love. But which do you love most?

This is an inexhaustive list, but it captures most of the regular winter seasonals. Add your selection if I missed it (you have to type it into the section after "other.")

Later this week, we'll look at some of the irregular (aka special) winter seasonals, many of which will be on display at the fest.


  1. Early updates on the nine "others":

    Flying Dog K9 Cruiser
    Full Sail Wreck the Halls
    silver moon sled wreck
    Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
    double mountain fa la la la la
    Walking Man Ho Ho Homo Erectus
    New Belgium Frambozen

  2. i think i had Brrr and i don't believe i liked it...Widmer right?

  3. Seems unfair to have Roots Epic going against the likes of a grocery store beer like Deschutes Jubelale.

    Maybe break it down by winter beers that you could find easily and winter beers that you have to work to find like Epic.

    Just a thought . . .

  4. Anon, you're probably right, though I sort of limited it between regular winter ales and special ones, and Epic comes out every year. Plus, as everyone who reads this blog knows, I'm in the tank for Roots.

    Fortunately, you all aren't, and the voting is trending heavily Deschutes' way.

  5. iggir: Yes, Brrr is from Widmer. IIRC it is essentially the same as the 'Northwest Red' they had on draught at the Gasthaus for quite a while, and in bottles as 'W 06', repackaged for the Holidays.

    Anonymous: in a way the whole thing seems rather unfair in an even deeper way than you suggest; winter seasonals are such a diverse lot that I find it impossible designate any single one of them my favorite without slighting another that is radically different... yet equally appealing.

    I find it encouraging that 'other' is in the lead.