Are you a taste-tester, a draft-lover or a self-proclaimed admirer of ale? Do you savor the sensation of a smooth lager, a hoppy pale or a rich stout? When it comes to fantastic flavor, nothing can satisfy you and your customers more than quality craft beer, and the best brews are those specifically suited to the season.
A new trend is taking hold of the adult beverage world: seasonal beers specially styled to emulate winter, spring, summer or fall. A beer can be considered seasonal because of the lightness or darkness of structure, the incorporation of seasonal flavors or the suitability of pairing with particular foods. Looking for seasonal beers to try in 2018? We’ll recommend the best.
Serving Your Patrons Seasonal Brews
Winter Seasonal Beers to try in 2018
For the cold, bitter nights and long, snowy months of winter, sipping on dark, complex beer brews can melt the chill and make your hibernation cozier. From roasty stouts and porters to boozy imperials, aged bourbons and chocolate and coffee dessert beers, these brews will warm your heart and stomach like a hearth.
Here Are 11 of the Best Seasonal Beers to Try in Winter 2018.
- Good Morning — Tree House Brewing Company
- Heady Topper — The Alchemist
- Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout — Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
- Accumulation White IPA — New Belgium Brewing Company
- Pennsylvania Tuxedo — Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
- Christmas Ale — Great Lakes Brewing Company
- Santa vs. Unicorn — Pipeworks Brewing Company
- Stir Crazy Porter — Indeed Brewing Company
- Tres Blueberry Stout — Dark Horse Brewing Company
- Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer — Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
- Rosetta — Brewery Ommegang
Good Morning — Tree House Brewing Company
An American Double or Imperial Stout with deep, dark hints of amber maple syrup, milk chocolate and cooca powder, this decadent brew provides a complex flavor exploration with bursts of coffee, vanilla and brown sugar to warm you from the inside out. This pitch-black brew has a creamy, frothy head.
Good Morning Beer Ratings
- 8.4% ABV
- 4.68/5 on Untappd
- 4.79/5 on Beer Advocate
Heady Topper — The Alchemist
A complex Double IPA with the perfect balance of hoppy flavor, Heady Topper will hit you with waves of warm tastes from its blend of six unique hops, including pine, spice, orange, tropical fruits and more. With just the right amount of malt, it’s both strong and aromatic. Recommended to drink from the can.
Heady Topper Beer Ratings
- 8% ABV
- 4.62/5 on Untappd
- 4.72/5 on Beer Advocate
Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout — Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
This rich, rare Barrel Aged Stout is heavy in barley, oak and vanilla bean, making for a satisfyingly complex flavor and structure. If you’re craving a beer that’s bold, blackened and deliciously roasty, try this blend on the bitterest nights of winter. Pair its strength with your favorite desserts for a complementary taste experience.
World Wid Stout Beer Ratings
- 16-17% ABV
- 4.31/5 on Untappd
- 4.27/5 on Beer Advocate
Accumulation White IPA — New Belgium Brewing Company
In opposition to the traditional darkness of most winter beers, Accumulation White IPA mimics the smoothness and lightness of snow with Mosaic and Amarillo hops. This wheaty brew provides a smooth swig every time with its 6.2 percent ABV and IBU of 55. It’s something new to try to keep those snowy nights interesting.
Accumulation Beer Ratings
- 6.2% ABV
- 55 IBU
- 3.62/5 on Untappd
- 3.72/5 on Beer Advocate
Pennsylvania Tuxedo — Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
A copper colored Pale Ale with notes of with grassy citrus and spruce; Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a beer perfect for those who spend all of their time outdoors. This brew has a touch of malt that balances the bitterness for a slightly different take from the regular pale.
Pennsylvania Tuxedo Beer Ratings
- 8.5% ABV
- 50 IBU
- 3.89/5 on Untappd
- 3.91/5 on Beer Advocate
Christmas Ale — Great Lakes Brewing Company
Looking to warm up in midwinter with a flavorful reminder of the hopeful holiday season? Try Christmas Ale, a winter favorite accross the U.S; This Winter Warmer variety is blended with cinnamon, honey and zesty ginger.
Christmas Ale Beer Ratings
- 7.5% ABV
- 3.83/5 on Untappd
- 3.95/5 on Beer Advocate
Santa vs. Unicorn — Pipeworks Brewing Company
Add some sass into your snowflake-filled nights with this unusual American Style Barleywine. A Red Ale that packs a holiday-inspired punch with a hint of colorful chaos, Santa Vs. Unicorn will keep you from getting chilly.
Santa vs. Unicorn Beer Ratings
- 10% ABV
- 3.87/5 on Untappd
- 3.99/5 on Beer Advocate
Stir Crazy Porter — Indeed Brewing Company
Tired of sitting inside while the windows frost over? Keep it interesting by introducing the Stir Crazy Porter to your taste buds! With the warm, rich flavors of coffee and chocolate, this unique beer will warm your winter blues.
Stir Crazy Porter Beer Ratings
- 6.5% ABV
- 3.73/5 on Untappd
- 3.86/5 on Beer Advocate
Tres Blueberry Stout — Dark Horse Brewing Company
Trying to find a fix for your sweet tooth in the dead of winter? This American Stout combines all your cravings by mixing malted barley with blueberry and hints of chocolate for an aromatic, roasted flavor and full body.
Tres Blueberry Stout Beer Ratings
- 7.5% ABV
- 3.67/5 on Untappd
- 3.97/5 on Beer Advocate
Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer — Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Gracefully aged in bourbon barrels and darkened with English hops and deep malts, this Winter Warmer brew is rich, majestic and made to satisfy.
Winter Warmer Beer Ratings
- 8.5% ABV
- 4.01/5 on Untappd
- 4.08/5 on Beer Advocate
Rosetta — Brewery Ommegang
Add a rosy blush to the pallor of the winter months by indulging in this tart, Belgian Kriek ale with a flirty touch of sweetness. Rosetta is aged on cherries for at least 3 years, giving it a complex balance of tart and sweet.
Rosetta Beer Ratings
- 5.6% ABV
- 3.86/5 on Untappd
- 4.07/5 on Beer Advocate
Warm Up With a Cold One
Whether you’re seeking sweetness and spice to counter the cold or heavy, dark ales to match the velvety winter nights, these winter seasonal beers will keep you stimulated and satisfied while the snow coats the ground — and your customers will love them. Feed their frost-bitten desires at your bar or restaurant by investing in a self-serve tap system filled with their favorite craft brews. The best part? Your patrons can try as many beers as they'd like without costing you any lost product.
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