The Craft Corner

Ten Beers for the Cold Winter Months

Like it or not, the winter months have arrived. Other than staying inside by a cozy fire, here are ten winter beers to warm your bones no matter how frightful the weather is outside. Stay warm friends!

August Schell Brewing Schmaltz’s Alt


About the Beer
5.1% alcohol by volume
Schmaltz’s Alt is a creamy smooth dark alt with quite the backstory. In the 1930s, one of Warren Marti’s favorite pastimes was a trip to the city dump to shoot rats. In fact, it was a common date for he and his wife-to-be, Casey. The manager of the city dump was John Schmaltz. Warren earned the nickname “Schmaltz” Marti. 

About the Brewery
Location: New Ulm, MN

August Schell Brewing Company specializes in brewing quality craft beer and boasts a proud heritage of 156 years of continuous family ownership. Founded in 1860 in New Ulm, MN, Schell’s is the oldest brewery in Minnesota and second oldest family-owned brewery in the United States. It became the largest brewery in Minnesota when the company acquired Grain Belt Beer in 2002. From innovative German brews to award-winning American lagers, the Schell’s brewing process begins and ends with quality-crafted beer.

Avery Brewing Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Stout


About the Beer
16.0% alcohol by volume
Avery’s very own Parker, of the cartoon and cat loving variety, created this cult classic character back in their 17th season. Appearing in several episodes under another stage name that was deemed inappropriate, Avery’s executive producers and editors decided that a name change and further character development— a 4-month hiatus in Bourbon barrels—were necessary to satisfy the most ardent and demanding viewers.

About the Brewery
Location: Boulder, CO

Avery Brewing Company is a family-owned craft brewery in Boulder, Colorado. Since 1993, Avery has pioneered innovative beers by blending the art and science of brewing with ingenuity, creativity, and boldness. Avery bottles and cans more than 40 beers a year including White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, and Tweak.

Chimay Grand Réserve


About the Beer
9% alcohol by volume
Chimay Grand Réserve (Blue) is principally distinguished by its character of a strong beer. This is a beer whose fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch is especially pleasant. Its flavour, noticed when tasting it, only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma , while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.

About the Brewery
Location: Chimay, Belgium

In order to provide for their needs and those of their foundations, as well as to support employment in their region, the Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have, since 1862, developed the production of Belgian beers and Trappist cheeses that, thanks to their character and their qualities, found and continue to find great success.

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout


About the Beer
7.5% alcohol by volume
Number three in their stout series, this stout is full-bodied and brewed with all malted barley and fresh blueberries added after fermentation. The nose is where you will begin to realize this stout is in a league of its own. Blueberry, chocolate and roasted aromas lead the way to a very pleasant drinking experience which leaves you wanting the next November to arrive sooner than last year.

About the Brewery
Location: Marshall, MI

Dark Horse Brewery is a brewery and tap room in Marshall, Michigan, USA. Dark Horse brews a variety of beers and beer styles, including the Crooked Tree India Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Raspberry Ale, Sapient Trip Ale, Boffo Brown Beer, and Black Bier. Several seasonal and experimental brews are also produced. Dark Horse puts out a significant amount of beer for their tank size but are still able to hand-fold and stock every six-pack produced. The brewery has won several medals at various brewing competitions.

Deschutes Brewery Abyss Imperial Stout


About the Beer
11.4% alcohol by volume
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

About the Brewery
Location: Bend, OR

Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the exceptional Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. 

Epic Big Bad Baptista


About the Beer
10.9% alcohol by volume
Big Bad Baptista is inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, which is served with cinnamon and piloncillo, an unrefined sugar. The Cinnamon adds another layer of complexity and accentuates the earthy character of Mexican Coffee, but more importantly, it captures the essence of a place and its culture. As beverage geeks we wanted to pay homage to that rich tradition and offer our unique take.

About the Brewery
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Epic Brewing Company opened in Salt Lake City, Utah with six fermentation tanks giving it the flexibility to create a variety of small batch, artisanal beer. Within a few short months, Epic began earning medals for its beers domestically and internationally. The beer became a big hit with locals and out of state visitors alike and demand quickly increased. The brewery currently houses eight times its original fermentation space.

Flying Dog Family Drama Imperial Pilsner


About the Beer
8.4% alcohol by volume
A traditional Czech Pilsner dialed up a notch with light malt notes and a slightly floral and herbal hop character.

About the Brewery
Location: Frederick, MD

As one of the fastest-growing regional craft breweries in the mid-Atlantic, Flying Dog has been brewing world-class beer that pushes the confines of traditional styles for almost 25 years. Flying Dog attracts everyone from craft beer connoisseurs to those just catching the wave with up to 20 styles available at any given time and its Gonzo ties to writer Hunter S. Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman. Named the Mid-Size Craft Brewery of the Year at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (the highest honor for its size in the United States), recent accolades for Flying Dog include its Pale Ale ranked as the #1 American Pale Ale in the U.S. by The New York Times.

Great Divide Barrel-Aged Hibernation Ale


About the Beer
10.5% alcohol by volume
Over 12 months in whiskey barrels has completely transformed Great Divide’s prized winter seasonal, producing a Hibernation that starts with big whiskey flavors before mellowing out into luscious chocolate, dark fruit and vanilla.  If you can only take one beer into your cave this winter, this is a good one.

About the Brewery
Location: Denver, CO

The brewery started small and in the beginning Founder, Brian Dunn, was the only full-time employee: brewing, bottling and selling to accounts all in the same day.  As the brewery grew, the beer spoke for itself.  Dunn’s beers were balanced, flavorful and representative of a lifestyle that is uniquely Colorado.

New Belgium Brewing Honey Orange Tripel


About the Beer
10% Alcohol by Volume
For this recipe, New Belgium brewers drew inspiration from Belgian Golden Strong Ale, a style they love. New Belgium sought out the very best ingredients, sourcing wild honey from the African Bronze Honey Company, a member of the Fair Trade Federation and a certified B-Corp. The Seville orange peel is freshly ground 24 hours prior to the day brewed by the Old Town Spice Shop, less than one mile from their Fort Collins, Colorado brewery. In the end, they created a big, sweet and citrusy Belgian-style Tripel with thoughtfully sourced ingredients.

About the Brewery
Location: Fort Collins, CO

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of award-winning beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, as well as a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale.

Summit Brewing Union Series: Russian Imperial Stout


About the Beer
10.5% alcohol by volume
Armed with an authentic British recipe from the 1840s, Summit Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer Damian McConn crafted Union Series 6: Imperial Russian Stout with a massive malt character from brown, black, chocolate, and heritage pale malts, plus huge amounts of Olicana and Minstrel hops — two new British varieties. Aged for six months in the fermenter, this addition to the Union Series features notes of black licorice, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and mocha coffee, producing a full mouth feel and an assertive, dry and warming finish.

About the Brewery
Location: St. Paul, MN

Founded in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has remained close to its roots, refreshing thirsty folks throughout the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Currently available in 11 states, Summit now produces six year-round premium craft beers, seven occasionals, four seasonal brews, and the limited-release Unchained Series and Union Series. Since our inception, we’ve been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement.

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