Winter’s dark nights and cold temperatures change our routines entirely. Instead of long days outside, we cozy up with bonfires, blankets, and a slew of robust beverages. Beer is the perfect accompaniment to the season, offering a wintry mix of deep malt flavors, hop bombs, and rich stouts.
So while you hunker down from the ice and snow and take advantage of some inside hangs with friends and family, make sure you’ve got the right line up of winter beers to keep you rockin’ and rollin’ through the holidays and all winter long.
What Beers are Best in Winter?
Chilly nights are made for rich, comforting beers, so we’ll walk you through two styles of winter beers that we think are the perfect match for the season.
First up, we have a wintertime classic: the stout. These beers are characterized by their dark, bitter, and roasty flavors that leave you feeling warm and full. Their color and flavor are what set them apart from the rest. With hues of deep brown or black, they often taste like coffee or chocolate. They’re full and creamy, making this style ideal for sipping around a fire.
Next, we have the porter – a beer that’s a deep brown, reddish color with a creamy head. They taste like roasty chocolate with a slight hint of bitterness. And since porters are one of the heaviest beer styles, they come to the rescue when you need something to warm up the insides.
Hi-Wire Brewing’s Best Winter Beers Roundup
PSA: Your winter just went from dull to delicious.
Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with friends and family, or having a quiet, cozy winter night at home, these seasonal beers will keep you warm, happy, and satisfied.
Elated Winter IPA
Get ready to celebrate that first snowfall of the season! One sip and you’ll realize why this beer is an instant wintertime classic. Elated Winter IPA provides a balanced and hoppy ale perfect for snuggling up in front of the fire or getting outside on a snowy day. Celebrate the season with an India Pale Ale that doesn’t lack for pine and citrus peel notes from hops balanced by sticky caramel and toasted bread flavors from a carefully crafted malt bill.
This beer will warm you right up, with or without sitting by a fire. Meet our Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer – a symphony of flavors that embodies the cozy embrace of the colder months. This beer was brewed with fresh orange peel, nutmeg, and cinnamon before resting on bourbon barrels, infusing it with the rich essence of charred oak, chewy toffee, soft vanilla, and the deep, warming notes of bourbon. Drinkers can expect a rich malt body with big chewy caramel, a touch of roast, and a bouquet of winter aromas from the spices.
Mexican Hot Chocolate 10W-40
We took a classic favorite, turned it into a beer, and in typical Hi-Wire fashion, added a twist. This spicy, sweet, and creamy version of our popular 10W-40 Imperial Stout lends huge notes of chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla with a creeping heat from Pasilla and Carolina Reaper peppers.
Gingerbread Hot Cocoa 10W-40
This is the perfect holiday treat. For this very special and seasonally appropriate version of our 10W-40 Imperial Stout series, we partnered with Asheville-based Spicewalla to bring all of the depth and complexity of their Gingerbread Hot Chocolate blend to our illustrious brew. The blend adds the flavor and aroma of the holidays to our decadent stout brewed with chocolate, vanilla, and lactose. Sweet, creamy, and perfectly spiced, your family and friends will be forever thankful when you show up to the party with these beauties.
Grab a Brew at One of Hi-Wire Brewing’s Taprooms!
If you’ve got family in town for the holidays, or you just need an opportunity to get out and about this winter, we hope you’ll come by and enjoy some of these delicious winter beers with us. Visit our taprooms page to see our locations and what’s pouring near you!
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