Magic Hat Brewing Company (Burlington, VT) describes the Winterland Variety 12-Pak as “Our gathering of seasonal offerings to help you enjoy your winterland wonderland.”
The 2011 line-up includes:
- #9, Magic Hat’s flagship beer is a Pale Ale with apricot extract – a sessionable Pale with a twist (5.1%).
- Encore, an American Wheat IPA, this brew is a blend of an American wheat beer and a traditional India Pale Ale (6.4%). Nicely hopped, Encore has a beautiful grapefruit aroma and flavor. “Grab a lighter and get up front!”
- Ravell, a Porter brewed with whole vanilla beans (5.8%).
- Howl, this smooth Black Lager is perfect for the winter weather (4.6%).
New in 2011: Ravell
Out in 2011: Odd Notion
Magic Hat created a cool micro-site for Howl where you can watch the Howl short and read more about this winter brew. After checking it out, I’m glad I don’t have to experience the winter in Vermont. I’ll stick with the mild Maryland winter. Our winter solstice this year was a record-breaker: BWI airport reached 62 degrees, breaking the record of 61 from 1956. We were 18 degrees above the average high of 44 degrees!
The Capital Weather Gang is calling for a few days of frigid as we transition to 2012. I think I’ll go find another Winterland Variety 12-Pak – Encore alone makes this 12-pack worth seeking out.