It’s the time of year when extra blankets are required at night, comfort food is a necessity and we Metro Detroiters enjoy kicking back with an ice cold beer. Well, I guess that last one is a year-round pastime. But this time of year, the beers we choose tend to be heartier to warm us from the inside out.
Winter beers from Michigan breweries can be found at the grocery store or at your favorite watering hole. Here are a few to keep an eye out for.
Located in Royal Oak, Chestnut Head is the brewery’s winter release. A porter with Michigan chestnuts and maple syrup, it comes in at 6.8 percent ABV.
Winter White is a light Belgian-style ale with a clove and fruity aroma, and is not quite as heavy as other winter beers.
A brown ale, Cabin Fever will keep you feeling cozy during even the worst Detroit snowstorm. It pairs wonderfully with roasted meats and smoked cheeses.
Seasonal winter offerings include Lebkuchen Christmas, an Amber ale with walnut notes, and Winter Bock, a high gravity lager brewed with imported malt and hops. If you’re looking for something to bring to a holiday gathering, pick up the Atwater Holiday Party variety 12 pack.
4 Elf Winter Warmer, a winter seasonal, is available through December, and with notes of cinnamon and clove, pairs well with all holiday foods. Tres Blueberry Stout (available in December) and Fore Smoked Stout (available in January) are part of the holiday stout series. One of my personal favorites, Rain in Blood, an orange pale ale, is available through March.
Winter Ale, a barley wine style ale with malty and spruce flavors, is available now through February. At 8.8 percent ABV, it will keep you toasty, and may require an Uber if you enjoy it out on the town.
The above are just a few seasonal beers you’ll find throughout the next few months from Michigan breweries. Winter in Michigan can be brutal, but with an ice-cold Michigan-made brew in your mitten-clad hand, things might just be more tolerable.