I’ve been blessed by a bountiful winter beer season – my favorite beer-drinking season of the year. Winter brews represent a centuries-old tradition of concocting strong, full-flavored beers to offset the gloom and cold weather of winter. Dense and strong, rich and opaque, winter brews embody the blustery season. Winter seasonals are typified by the classic “winter warmer” but they don’t all fit into one style. Over the past month, at holiday gatherings with family and friends or just hanging out on the weekends watching football, I’ve sampled a wide variety of winter brew.
Here then, is my 2012 winter beer sampling in pictures:
Not pictured: Goose Island Mild Winter, Harpoon Winter Warmer, Thomas Hooker Nor’easter, Cisco Brewers Winter Shredder
The final winter beer tally: 28 brews from 26 breweries.