Get Cozy with a Winter Beer

A cold brew is a great accompaniment to a day at the beach, but it can also warm you up on a cold winter’s day. So-called winter warmers are beers with a higher ABV (alcohol by volume)—usually 6% to 8%. Winter warmers are darker, with heavy malts and just enough hops for added flavor. They’re often spiced, and they have a fuller body than other beers.

White IPA

There are always a few brews that like to buck the trend. Case in point: Accumulation by the New Belgium Brewing Company . It’s a white IPA intended to be reminiscent of snowfall. It features a medium-light body with a strong hop aroma. You’ll taste hints of tropical fruits and herbal spice.

Gingerbread Spiced Ale

Offered under the Blue Moon label, Gingerbread Spiced Ale features a warming blend of cinnamon, molasses, and ginger flavors. It has a coppery, light amber color with hints of caramel, nutmeg, and allspice flavors. This ale offers a medium to full mouthfeel, and it’s well-balanced with Hallertau hops and Pale, Munich, Caramel, and Wheat malts.

Spiced Amber Ale

Are you interested in some gingerbread spice, but not quite ready to commit to molasses and ginger? Try a Spiced Amber Ale, also offered by Blue Moon. It’s brewed with Indonesian cinnamon, and has a smooth, slightly sweet taste.

Stouts and Porters

Of course, if you’d like to go the traditional route, you could bypass the winter warmers and stick with stouts and porters. These beers are darker and heavier than winter warmers, with a fuller body. Stouts are known for their roasted barley character, full body, and medium to high hop bitterness. In contrast, porters generally have a medium body, with a more balanced blend of bitterness from hops and sweetness from malts.

Are you looking for a great brew for your restaurant or retail business? Contact B & K Distributing Inc at (970) 879-1906. They are a family-owned beer distributor located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.