Beers for When You’re Snowed in
The snow is piling up. You’re not going anywhere. Heck, there’s no way you’re even shoveling to get yourself able to go anywhere. Cabin fever is setting in. The cure? Tasty beer, of course! Here’s some fine libations you can treat yourself to that will have you singing "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!" in no time!
Great Divide Hibernation Ale — The name says it all. Hibernation is an Old Ale with nice toasty malt and nutty flavors balanced by moderate hop bitterness. Perfect for when you want to fall asleep until springtime.
Stone Double Bastard — "Ye shall know the Bastard, and the Bastard shall set you free," from caring about shoveling snow, in this case. With aggressive hops accompanied by a massive malt bill, you’ll be pondering the arrogance of this beer until everything thaws out.
Trappistes Rochefort 10 — It’s been said that Belgian quadrupels were originally brewed by monks in the winter months to keep themselves sustained and slightly numb to the cold. It is wise to follow their example here. 10 is the strongest of Rochefort’s beers, dominated by rum, brown sugar and raisin flavors, with a distinct yeast profile.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout — It’s a classic. Thick and warming, with chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and booze integrating and getting seemingly more complex as it warms. Like a little bourbon in your hot chocolate, only better. And at 14.2% abv, you’re likely to simply forget about the winter.
North Coast Old Stock Ale — The perfect fireside beer. Slightly sweet with bready, fruity and nut flavors. Be sure to save some for next year, too: aging Old Stock brings out dark fruity, vinous, and port-like flavors that you won’t want to miss, smoothing it out even more.