The cold snap this weekend was a definite reminder that it is still winter here in New England. It seems as good a time as any to remind people about all the great winter seasonals being brewed out there, and I have a new guest post on Part Time Vagabond rounding up a few of my favorites.
Winter beers are the dark, complex mirror image of summer brews. During the summer, most breweries put out beers that are easy to drink in hot weather – Kölsches, hefeweizens and smooth pale ales. During the winter months, brewers tend to let their dark sides run wild. Alcohol is usually dialed up to warm drinkers in the cold weather, and this is reflected in a heavy malt bill for most winter beers. Some breweries celebrate the winter by throwing in fruits, spices and other bizarre adjuncts.
Check out the full post on Part Time Vagabond.