Local Winter Seasonals

New Belgium Brewing Accumulation AleIt’s a chilly blustery day with the first heavy snowfall of the season and temps dropping to single digits in the evenings.  This is the perfect time to talk about some winter seasonals that are popping up around town!

Odell offers up their Mountain Standard and Isolation Ale. Mountain Standard is a glorious double black IPA with roasty malts and just a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Isolation Ale is a darker winter ale that has deeper malty notes. Also available and new this year is their Gramps, a hefty oatmeal stout.

On the lighter side, New Belgium has Accumulation Ale which is a white IPA, light and crisp just like the first snow. Also, Frambozen, a light raspberry brown ale. If you want something a little darker, the current Lips of Faith, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, will fit the bill for evenings around the fire.

Fort Collins Brewery has their Double Chocolate Stout available, a deep rich stout full of chocolate notes. They also currently have Haus Brew Black IPA, which is smooth with a hint of piney hop.

Pateros Creek is offering up Hike To The Falls, a milk stout made with juniper berries and sage. Very holiday inspired!

Horse and Dragon recently released their The Dark Crystal Cascadian, a Cascadian dark ale with the perfect combo of malty and hoppy, as well as their new Vanilla Caramel Double Cream Ale.

Upcoming Releases

Grimm Brothers will be releasing a new winter seasonal on November 22nd called Midnight Strikes. A schwartzbier that promises to be smooth with a velvety malt finish.

Loveland Aleworks will tap Barrel Aged Grand Cru on November 28th. This will be a Belgian Dubbel with a big alcohol bite.

All of these beers are available in their respective taprooms (upcoming releases available on their release day) and you’ll probably see them pop up around town at a few of the local bars. Do you have a favorite local winter seasonal?

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Author:Andrea Ratulowski

Andrea Ratulowski is a long time blogger over at Food Embrace. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves great food and feels that beer is always the right choice.

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