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8 Best Local Beers for Winter

by Polly Math on Dec 3, 2013 in Roundups
8 Best Local Beers for Winter

Improve your carolling by 5.5% - 10.5% when you add these winter brews to your standard repertoire. Not much for singing? Your tailgating and fireplace pleasure will be equally enhanced. The same goes for the lucky person who finds a growler under the tree or a six pack by the pole to fuel their Feats of Strength. Hurry-up and wrap your mittens around these eight while you can, and let Jack Frost know you’ll be handling all the nipping from now on:

Sly Fox: Christmas Ale
This full bodied red ale has been mulling about with ginger, clove, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. You’ll want to sniff this ruby winter warmer as much as you’ll want to drink it. On tap now at Sly Fox’s Phoenixville and Pottstown locations. Beer Finder (ABV 5.5%)

Manyunk Brewery: Festivus
Brewed with plums and raisins, it’s spicy and a little bitter, just like the rest of us. Tasty, warm and creamy with a nice mouth feel, it won’t be found on your list of grievances. Available now. (ABV 7.0%)

Flying Fish: Grand Cru Winter Reserve
This Belgian-style strong golden ale is fermented at a higher temperature than the rest of their beers and is very lightly filtered making it a hearty body and soul warmer. Malts: Two-Row Pale, Cara-8, White Wheat, Demerera Sugar, Acidulated. Hops: Styrian Golding, Columbus. Yeast: Belgian Abbey Style. Available now to Feb 1. Beer Finder. (ABV 6.9%)

Yards: Olde Bartholomew Barleywine
This English barleywine-style ale is not for the timid. On second thought, it could be just the right thing! The high-alcohol content will most definitely keep you warm, but this beer is less aggressive than you might expect, with a “smooth malt background, soft fruit overtones and a slight hop spice in the finish.” Available during the holidays while supplies last. Beer Finder. (ABV 10.5%)

Dock Street Brewing Company: Prisoner of Hell
Though Benjamin Franklin never proclaimed beer to be proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, this World Beer Cup winning Belgian strong ale makes a good case for religion. Inhale the aromas of tropical fruits, floral hops, and doughy malt. Imbibe the flavors of bubblegum, herbs and spice. Available now. (ABV 8%)

Iron Hill Brewery: Russian Imperial Stout
This multi-award winning full-bodied stout pours-out pitch-black and just thick enough. The roasted malt and citrusy American hops deliver beautiful coffee and chocolate tones with a slightly fruity finish. While its high alcohol content is well suited for Siberia, you can get it at these Iron Hill locations: Maple Shade, NJ (now), North Wales (now), Voorhees (now), Media (Dec 12), West Chester (Dec 13), Chestnut Hill (Dec 31). (ABV 9.8%)

Victory: Winter Cheers
This wheat ale surprises you with its light, bubbly body and crisp finish, but not to worry. Its spicy hints of banana, clove and citrus will keep you warm. Malt: German wheat and barley malts, and oats. Hops: Whole flower Tettnang and Citra. Holiday seasonal. Beer Finder. (ABV: 6.7% )

Philadelphia Brewing Company: Winter Wünder
“Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail, too” didn’t make a whole lot of sense until this mulled ale came to town. The plum, date, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and ginger brew is fruitier than spicy - a nice choice for walking in a… well… You know. Available now. Beer Finder. (ABV: 6.2%)


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