Winter Seasonal Beers: No snow but plenty of cheer

While Floridians don’t usually have to hunker down for an intense winter like their northern counterparts, the beers of winter still make their annual rounds.  The Sunshine State may still hold its name during the snowy winter months, but with the holidays around the corner there are plenty of chances to enjoy that cold beer with loved ones.


After all, just because Florida doesn’t get sleet, snow, and ice doesn’t mean that a Floridian will turn down beers next to the fire pit on a chilly night or with friends at your favorite hangout.


Here are a few winter brews to taste against the winds of Florida’s cold season:


Samuel Adams Winter Lager



Samuel Adams Winter Lager (5.6% ABV): a classic winter beer, this relatively strong lager blends the sweetness of malted barley with spices synonymous with wintertime like cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel. Like the liquid version of ginger snap cookies, Winter Lager can pull up a chair for dinner or dessert, pairing well with baked brie, a roast turkey, or gingerbread.






Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2019



Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (6.8% ABV): First brewed in 1981, Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale is the perfect gift for those who love hoppy beers – as its hops are picked at the peak of freshness. A massive dose of citrus and pine greets the nose before every sip and lingers around into the beer’s finish.  Try this American classic and see for yourself why it continues to stand the test of time.






2019 Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA



Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA (7.5% ABV): This crowd-favorite IPA began its life as a draft offering in the Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats in Rehoboth, Delaware. After pubgoers loved it, the beer saw national distribution and has grown each year since it became a regular wintertime offering from Dogfish Head. The beer is an IPA that features the addition of maple syrup and is continually hopped throughout the boil, then dry-hopped for even more hoppy aroma. The liquid speaks for itself – especially among grilled meats or guacamole appetizers.





Coppertail Brewing Alpha Hunt: Pax Odeon



Coppertail Brewing Alpha Hunt Series: Pax Odeon (8.4% ABV): Coppertail Brewing’s Alpha Hunt Series is all about exploration both in the story and in the beer. In story, each beer is named for fictional hunters that go in search of the mythical Coppertail monster that the brewery is named for. In reality, the beers are about Coppertail brewer Casey Hughes brewing IPAs to try out new and cutting-edge hop varietals and hop blends in a similar spirit of exploration.  Pax Odeon is a hazy IPA that features a blend of Loral, Sabro, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops that tempt the spirit of adventure all the way around.



New Belgium Brewing Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale




New Belgium Brewing Up Next: Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale (5.0% ABV): While winter is infamous for its darker beers that have a higher alcohol presence, New Belgium Brewing has crafted one of the lightest brews of the winter, releasing a cream ale with Austin, Texas-based High Brew coffee.  The beer is light in body and infused with coffee that is then canned with nitro for the nitro cold brew experience in a 5% ABV beer.





Funky Buddha Last Snow can



Funky Buddha Brewery Last Snow (6.4% ABV): Funky Buddha Brewery calls Last Snow its “ode to that special time in our home state where the needle dips just south of 75 – even for the briefest of moments.”  The beer is layered with tones of coffee, chocolate, and coconut throughout the aroma, flavor, and finish.  Open one today and watch the aroma draw in those around you, or better yet, open one and enjoy it with braised beef or black forest cake.






Whatever beer you decide to celebrate the winter with this year, we hope the season is a happy one for our teammates, families, customers, and communities.

Ring in the New Year with some new beers

As New Year’s Eve approaches, it is a time to reflect upon the past and a time to look ahead to a bright, shiny 2018 and a few new beers to share with friends as the festivities go on.  While there are many options out there to fill the midnight toast on New Year’s Eve, 2017’s end asks to be toasted with the complex flavors that beer can provide along with some of the many food flavors that beer can enhance or play along with.  While 2017 may be coming to an end, the flavorful journey into beer is just beginning.


Here are a few new beers to try with the end of 2017:


Terrapin Beer Company MooTellaTerrapin Beer Company’s Moo-tella (8.5% ABV): Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company has had a longstanding relationship with Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Company, and this beer illustrates what a beautiful friendship can taste like.  Moo-tella blends an imperial stout from Terrapin with hazelnuts and chocolate from the chocolatier to create a decadent treat that “you’ll wish you could eat with a spoon.” This beer is a limited release from the brewery and is only available for a limited time.  To get more cheer out of the beer, try it with a decadent aged gouda or with a slice of poundcake.




Chimay Brewery’s Grande Reserve (Blue) (9% ABV): One of the gold standards of Belgian brewing, the monks of Scourmont Abbey make the beers under the Chimay label with the utmost care.  Both dark and sweet with layers of compexity, Chimay Grande Reserve (Blue) is the dictionary definition of a Belgian Quadruple. This beer uses dark malts for flavors of caramel and sugary sweetness that improves with age and changes as it gets warm.  To get more cheer out of this beer, try it with a chunk of Chimay Blue cheese or with some fudge.



Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale



Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Celebration Ale (6.8% ABV):  This seasonal beer has been Sierra Nevada Brewing’s holiday favorite since 1981, and its recipe is a classic.  Using hops at the height of freshness after harvest season, this IPA starts to surface after Halloween and hopefully sticks around into the New Year.  With an intense pine and citrus aroma followed by a taste of caramel malt with that pine and citrus, Celebration Ale is a Christmas present to hop lovers with the freshest hops brewed to be bold.  To get more cheer out of this beer, try it with roast turkey and dressing or some Manchego cheese.





21A Fireside Chat Can



21st Amendment Brewery’s Fireside Chat (7.9% ABV): A beer full of warmth and spices, 21st Amendment Brewery’s Fireside Chat is a “subtle twist on a traditional seasonal beer.” This deep, ruby brown ale features cocoa nibs and spices to give a beer that should be shared around a warm fire or fireplace.  Great for pairing with darker flavors or simply enjoying on its own, Fireside Chat will give all of its goodness in the glass with or without a fire.  To get more cheer out of this beer, try it with roasted chestnuts or cheesecake.

New Belgium Brewing French Oak Saison





New Belgium Brewing’s French Oak Saison (7.5% ABV): New Belgium Brewing loves to dry on the Old World brewing traditions of Belgium, and this oak-aged saison illustrates just that.  Drawing from several regions of Belgian brewing tradition, this beer blends a golden ale with a saison and then sours it in French oak wine barrels for 15-18 months, yielding a “rustic, goldenrod yellow saison offering pleasant lemon and white grape aromas and a bright, mouthwatering sourness with a clean, dry finish.”  To get more cheer out of this beer, try it with pad thai noodles or fresh mussels.


As 2017 is fading into the sunset, several of these beers are as well.  Several of them are seasonal beers, which means that they are here today and gone tomorrow.  Take a stroll over to our Beer Finder, and search by brewery for retailers of these fine beers.

This New Year, may your glass be filled with flavorful beer, and may the your table be filled with cheerful friends.  From our Team to your family, we wish you a very Happy New Year.  Cheers!