Chilly Brews in the D

By: Scott Davis | November 13, 2019

Photo Courtesy of Atwater Brewery.

As you gear up for the holiday season with cooking classes, pie shopping, and even Thanksgiving 5Ks, there’s one more thing that should be on your radar: winter beers. Some Metro Detroit breweries have already begun selling their winter brews, while others will be releasing theirs throughout the holiday season. So get ready for these seasonal brews that are perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

Christmas Ale: Atwater Brewery

Detroit’s Atwater Brewery is proud to bring in beers from all over the world, but also prides themselves on brewing beers with local ingredients, such as their Christmas Ale. The ale is spiced subtly with locally produced ginger and almond flavorings that enhance the cookie-like flavor. You can find Atwater brews at the Detroit Tap House, Atwater in the Park in Grosse Pointe Park, and Atwater Grand Rapids.

90 Shilling Scotch Ale: The Royal Oak Brewery

The Royal Oak Brewery always keeps plenty of award winning house brews on tap, and this season you can enjoy their 90 Shilling Scotch Ale at their Frost & Foam Outdoor Party. The biergarten patio will be open to feature the unique ale, along with delicious food created to go perfectly with the brews. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14 and you can get pints of award winning brews for just $4.

Bright White Ale: Bell’s

Bell’s Brewery based out of Kalamazoo is always known for their extensive seasonal offerings, which means you’ll soon be able to try their famous Bright White Ale. The popular ale is an alternative to dark and heavy winter stouts as this brew is formed with a Belgian ale yeast and has refreshing finish. You can also find their Iceman Cometh 30 Ale, Goin’ Dark, Vanilla Black Note, and Christmas Ale until the end of November.

Super Hoppy Holidays 2019: Short’s Brewing Company

Super Hoppy Holidays returns to Short’s Brewing Company with the release of six seasonal brews. This year’s offerings include the double IPA $plurge, Imperial Spruce Pilsner, and New England style IPA Magic Eye. Other winter releases include Superfluid, The Liberator, and Evil Urges. 

Cabin Fever: New Holland Brewing

For more than 20 years, New Holland Brewing has been providing Michiganders with inspired brews and spirits. The roasty brown Cabin Fever ale has a hearty finish perfect for any winter night. You can find information on all of their beers, including the popular Dragon’s Milk, on their beer calendar page.

Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.