WWBG: Winter Warmers and Christmas Beers
Editor’s Note: This new weekly sponsored column is written by the staff of Samuel Smith Winter Warmer The Samuel Smith brewery was established back in 1798 in Yorkshire, England making this beer a true winter original. Samuel Smith winter warmer is exactly what a winter warmer should taste like. Full bodied, rich toffee, caramel malts with some sweetness and a bit of crisp hop bite. American Style Christmas beers American Christmas beers come in a variety of styles, but are often darker colored, malty, and spiced beers. Spices that are associated with these beers are often cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, mulled cider, ginger, and clove. Here are a few of my favorite American Christmas beers: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Sierra Celebration is a gift that hopheads wait for all year. This fresh hopped beer breaks the mold of malty winter seasonal beers. The fresh hops give this beer that perfect citrus IPA taste while balancing perfectly with the right amount of maltiness that any hop lover would drink on a cold night. Anchor Christmas Ale Anchor Christmas is always one of my favorite winter seasonal beers. Never brewed overly strong in alcohol, but always brewed with quality ingredients that makes a quality smooth beer. Nicely spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger this toasty malted beer is perfect for any type of beer drinker. Belgium style Noel/Christmas beers These high-octane Belgium beers can also come in a variety of styles most are characterized as strong, dark, malty sweetness offset by loads of spices. The high alcohol content also keeps you warm on a cold night while going down extremely clean and smooth. Here are two of my favorite Belgium style Noel/Christmas beers: St. Bernardus Christmas Ale One of the most balanced Belgium beers I’ve ever had. At 10% a.b.v this beer offers everything you can ask for, spicy, sweet, and bold. Scaldis Noel Scaldis Noel will definitely warm you up. At 13% a.b.v, this sweet thick beer has tons of dark fruit characteristics that almost made it taste like a rich rum fruitcake. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of BethesdaNow.com. Community discussion guidelines: Our sponsored columns are written by members of the local business community. While we encourage a robust and open discussion, we ask that all reviews of the businesses — good or bad — be directed to another venue, like Yelp. The comments section is intended for a conversation about the topic of the article.