Holiday cheer with local beer

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Many of us will be gathering with our extended family, and sometimes, in order to be jolly around family members a little liquid medication might be in order. Colorado breweries don’t disappoint when it comes to satisfying your taste buds with beers that make you think of a nice secluded cabin in the woods with a crackling fire and no one around for miles. Here are a few from some of Colorado’s best breweries that you might think about picking up for your holiday gatherings.

  • Avery Old Jubilation – You might have read about a Christmas/Winter beer tasting last week at Bull and Bush where I was able to sample the first production brew of this strong ale from 1998. This malty and slightly spicy (think a little cinnamon and hazlenut) beer is a great warming beer for some of the coldest Colorado nights.
  • Bristol Winter Warlock – An oatmeal stout, and a winner of a silver medal at 1998’s Great American Beer Festival, is a tasty and smooth dark concoction that is the epitome of a great winter brew. The smoky and earthy hop taste is sure to make you feel at home in the mountains this winter.
  • Great Divide Hibernation – For the past 15 years Great Divide has been brewing this strong ale, a winter favorite. A rich toffee and malt aroma matches the slightly sweet malty taste. You can find this delicious brew in 6-packs and on tap around the state.
  • Odell Isolation Ale – This winter warmer has also been around for quite a while with it’s first commercial production in the winter of 2000/01. Many of these winter beers can be described with a few similar aromas and flavors, yep this one is malty too, but has a fairly noticeable biscuit character, setting it apart from others, and is a little easier to drink than many of the bigger seasonals.

And for everyone looking for the perfect drink to enjoy as we celebrate 2011 make sure to think of the universally accepted Champagne of beers, Miller High Life. I couldn’t come up with a worthy description, so I will let Wikipedia put the proverbial pen to paper, “this beer is noted for its high level of carbonation, making it a very bubble-filled beverage, like champagne. It was originally available in miniature champagne bottles and was one of the premier high-end beers in the country for many years.” That’s about all I have to say on that subject.

Happy holidays! We, here at Colorado Beer Week, hope you enjoy what winter brings to the Colorado beer scene.

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