Winter is a boon time for fans of craft beers. As the weather gets colder and the nights get longer, breweries from coast to coast bring out winter beers to warm us through the colder months. The last remnants of pumpkin beer are disappearing and being replaced by the strong, bold beers of the season. Almost every brewery we carry at Fairway Market offers some sort of unique winter offering. From spicy winter lagers to heavy filling stouts, winter is a time for beer to shine.
Today I’m going to talk about two of my favorite beers that only come this time of year. The first is Founders Breakfast Stout, available between November and January every year. For this beer, it’s all in the name: a dark, rich stout that pours out black as night, and smells strongly of dark chocolate and coffee. But unlike many other types of stout, Founders Breakfast Stout is defined by its easy drinkability, in addition to its rich flavor. It’s all around delicious at any time, and it’s got to be the ultimate beer for coffee lovers!
Another beer that only comes but once a year is Troeg’s Mad Elf Ale. This seasonal offering starts to appear in late October and is only available until the start of the new year. In terms of appearance and taste, this beer could not be any different than the Breakfast Stout. Pouring out a rich amber, almost red, color, the first thing that strikes you about this beer is its smell. Mad Elf is brewed with a number of ingredients that you don’t often find in other beers, such as cherries, fresh honey, and chocolate malts. The result is a beer with a fruity and complex, but not muddled taste, a tremendous feat for a beer with so many different flavor components. This beer is one to be careful of: at 11% alcohol by volume, drinking more than a few of these is certain to make you feel a bit merry.
These are only two options out of the hundreds, possibly thousands, of interesting winter seasonal beers that arrive every year. So, next time you find yourself in the mood to taste something new, a delicious winter beer may be your answer.