the ice storm outside
mighty adversary to
the storm in my glass
warm hoppy reward
for the temporary path
I dug through the snow
After breaking in
to Santa’s Private Reserve
I’m now jolly too
Written by Captain Hops.
You gotta love winter time when brewers turn up the cheer and release their seasonal Winter Warmers. It’s like a little reward for beer lovers simply for living through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the first frost, and a general increase in stress as the end of the year holidays approach.
Some brewers feature beers with spices, others offer beers with heftier malt and hop profiles, nearly all increase the alcohol content a smidge… or more. In any case it’s special and fun and the variety is astonishing.
In the haiku above, I’ve highlighted some local brewers from Maryland as well as the Rogue Brewery from Newport, Oregon. I think these three beers are outstanding examples of the Winter seasonal. I could go all Winter with these three beers alone, but I am very glad that I have an incredible assortment of other Winter Warmers to choose from as well.
Wishing you a warm and wonderful Winter filled with cheers!
Checkout the complete round up of The Session: Winter Beers.