Saturday, 22 November 2014

5 Winter Ales To Drink In Vancouver


The seasons are changing and with the colder temperature, Christmas markets and gingerbread men come the winter seasonal ales to keep us warm at night.

Here are five excellent choices to search out this year.

1. Woolly Bugger Barley Wine - Howe Sound Brewing

Arguably the best barley wine produced in BC. Very aromatic and cellarable. Clocking in at 11% abv, this is a classic sipper on a snowy night.

2. Coco Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout - Granville Island Brewing

While GIB is best known for their Lions Winter Ale, and that's always an excellent choice, I love the seasonal bombers that Brewmaster Vern is producing. Nice cocoa and coffee flavours in this one. Pair it with ice cream!

3. Ugly Sweater Milk Stout - Parallel 49 Brewing

The holiday season isn't complete with an ugly sweater or two. Using lactose this beer is quite sweet. The most sessionable on this list, grab a six pack and enjoy.

4. Hermannator Ice Bock - Vancouver Island Brewing

Hermannator Day, when this beer is released each year, should be a public holiday. This chocolate  masterpiece is aged for over three months and doesn't last long on liquor store shelves. Grab some while you can.

5. Russian Imperial Stout - Parallel 49 Brewing

Parallel 49 makes a second appearance on this list and for good reason. Aged in whiskey barrels to provide an extra kick of flavour, this winter seasonal weighs in at almost 12% abv. Big flavour is the name of the game for the Russian Imperial Stout. Big chocolate, big coffee, big whiskey. You can age this bottle for a long time and the flavours will continue to meld together and develop.

Bonus: Singularity.

Singularity sells out within days of availability each year. If you see one, scoop up a bottle. It's one of the highest rated beers in BC.

Happy holidays and drink responsibly!

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