A few brews we think you may enjoy
Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout Nitro
I am in the camp that thinks stouts can be enjoyed year-round. However, winter does have me drinking more stouts than the rest of the year. Although it’s available all year, I think Left Hand’s Milk Stout Nitro is a fantastic winter beer. It has a nice, smooth roastiness, coffee notes, and big sweet chocolate flavor, something I look for in a stout, especially around the holidays. As the bottle says, “pour hard”—for that cool cascading effect that is typical of nitro beers.
— Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer
Bell’s Expedition Imperial Stout You’ll probably want to take your time drinking this one, with an ABV of more than 10 percent and flavors like chocolate and dark fruits. This beer was brewed withaging in mind, and its shelf life is unlimited—drink it within the first few months for a more bitter taste or wait as flavors come together over time. Try it with a bleu cheese or something a little sweet.
—Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Media Manager
Anchor Steam’s Christmas Ale
Anchor Steam’s minimalist labels and superior flavors have been popular with craft beer geeks for decades, and the Christmas Ale is no exception. With notes of roasted caramel, chocolate and pecans, this great beer is reminiscent of another holiday treat—chocolate turtles—but a tad less sweet. Pair ’em together if you’re feeling extra naughty this holiday season.
— Rob Kalesse, Contributing Writer
Stone Brewing’s Enjoy by 12.15.17
Stone’s Enjoy By series is a big punch of hops that also packs a decent alcohol kick at over 9 percent. The beauty of the Enjoy By series, other than the obvious freshness of the brew, is it’s a big, full-flavored DIPA that hides its alcohol well. I like to think of it as a big brother to Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, without the bitterness on the finish. Drink more than one, and you might be too dizzy to open those presents.
— Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer
New Belgium’s Accumulation
Winter is dominated by dark beers, but New Belgium bucks that trend with its annual offering of Accumulation, a white IPA that is a refreshing departure from November and December’s traditional offerings. A variety of fruity hops and a touch of wheat gives Accumulation a refreshing yet full-bodied taste. It’s my favorite beer produced by New Belgium.
— Jerry duPhily, Publisher
Founder’s Breakfast Stout
Described as “the coffee lover’s consummate beer,” this Imperial Stout has been one of my favorites for the past few years and is one of my first stout purchases when the colder months arrive. Now available in Delaware, this tasty brew has flaked oats that create a creamy body and the java and chocolates push out the perfect flavor. At 8.3 percent, I don’t recommend actually drinking it with breakfast.
— Matt Loeb, Creative Director & Production Manager
2SP’s The Russian Imperial Stout
Last month at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, 2SP’s Head Brewer Bob Barrar scored a Gold medal for this potently staggering stout, effectively defending his first-place finish from last year. Weighing in at 9 percent, this concoction also scored a second place finish in the new beer category during The Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2016 Brew-vitational. Want to get in the ring with The Russian? It’s available on tap and in bottles at 2SP’s tasting room, and currently pouring at all five Two Stones Pub locations. But hurry, it may not last!
— Jim Miller, Director of Publications