2012 Winter Beer Sampling in Pictures

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:

Sierra Nevada Celebration 12 pack

Sierra Nevada Celebration 12 pack

 

(L-R) Evo Secret Spot, Peak Organic Winter Session Ale, Flying Fish Grand Cru, Bells Brewery Winter White

(L-R) Evo Secret Spot, Peak Organic Winter Session Ale, Flying Fish Grand Cru, Bells Brewery Winter White

 

(L-R) Port City Tidings, Avery Old Jubilation Ale, Shlafly Christmas Ale, Southern Tier 2XMAS, Bison Gingerbread Ale

(L-R) Port City Tidings, Avery Old Jubilation Ale, Shlafly Christmas Ale, Southern Tier 2XMAS, Bison Gingerbread Ale

 

Dogfish Head Alehouse Gaithersburg Chalkboard

Dogfish Head Alehouse Gaithersburg – Chalkboard on December 14

Had a 75 Minute IPA before our annual visit to the Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park, one of our favorite winter traditions.

 

Dogfish Head in a Santa Hat

Close-up of Dogfish Head in a Santa Hat

 

2012 Winter Beer Sampler Set 3

The Shorty Bottle Collection

(L-R) Sierra Nevada Celebration, Anchor Christmas Ale, Lost Coast Winterbraun

 

2012 Winter Beer Sampler Set 4

(L-R) Widmer Brothers Brrr, Sam Adams Winter Lager, New Belgium Snow Day

 

Rock Bottom Bethesda - Six Beer Sampler

Rock Bottom Bethesda – Six Beer Sampler

Sampled the Winter Tartan Scottish Ale and five other Rock Bottom house brews during Happy Hour on December 12

 

2012 Winter Beer Sampler Set 5

(L-R) Sam Adams Merry Mischief, Tröegs The Mad Elf, Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve

 

2012 Winter Beer Sampler Set 6

(L-R) Lake Placid Nippletop, Boulder Never Summer Ale

 

Mad Fox Growlers

Mad Fox Growlers of Festivus Ale

The Mad Fox brewpub in Falls Church, VA offered half-price growler fills before 3:00 p.m. in December – spent my lunch hour one day on a growler run for Festivus Ale.

 

Magic Hat Winterland Variety 12-Pack

Magic Hat Winterland Variety 12-Pack

Featuring Wooly, “A Coniferous Concoction” with the aroma of spruce tips

 

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.

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