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Samuel Smith’s Winter Warmer

For 19 years, the arrival of Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale has heralded shorter days and the end of the warm months. Winter Welcome’s rich honey-amber color; creamy, complex flavor and firm strength; the incomparable Samuel Smith signature of great balance and refinement . . . these are reasons to look forward to fires, warm sweaters, and the cozy days of fall and winter. In England, “winter warmers” — beers of deep richness and higher alcohol — have tempered winter’s chill for generations. Winter Welcome, the first imported winter ale sold in America, is the perfect beer to serve when friends get together to enjoy the season. It adds cheer served alone, but it is wonderful with roasted and smoked foods, hearty root vegetables, fresh pears and apples, even with cake and eggnog.

Samuel Smith Winter Warmer

Look for Winter Welcome starting around the first of October. Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery, in Tadcaster, Yorkshire, was established in 1758. The hard crystalline brewing water is still drawn from the original well sunk 250 years ago, and the yeast strain has remained unchanged for over 100 years. All Samuel Smith ales are still fermented in stone “Yorkshire Squares,” the traditional open-topped vessels made of locally-quarried slate.

Harpoon Winter Warmer

As the days grow colder and the nights longer, winter is just around the corner. At this time of year, occasions are marked with traditional seasonal food and beverage. In keeping with one such tradition, many enjoy seasonal spiced ale to warm up the chilly nights. One of the first seasonal beers, returning for its 20th year, Harpoon Winter Warmer continues to be a favorite winter tradition on those cold New England days.

Harpoon brewed this latest version of their classic winter seasonal beer to be more malty and robust. The characteristic cinnamon and nutmeg come through in the aroma, but are subtle on the palate.

Harpoon Winter Warmer

This full-bodied spiced ale yields a rich chestnut color. “Brewed with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, Winter Warmer really suits the season,” says Al Marzi, Vice President and Head Brewer. “Winter Warmer achieves the winter feeling in part because of the spices we use, but also because of the smooth, full-bodied taste of the beer.”

Winter Warmer was Harpoon’s first seasonal beer. Available from late October through the end of January, Winter Warmer complements any holiday gathering. Whether enjoying a pint with friends in a cozy pub or serving it at a large family get-together, this spiced ale adds to every winter occasion. Harpoon Winter Warmer is available in six-packs, twelve-packs, and on draft.

Odell Isolation Ale

Odell Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado has released their winter seasonal, Isolation Ale. Brewed with imported premium malts from England, Isolation ale is a rich, malty ale. And like a Colorado mogul run, this winter warmer features hops that deliver subtle spice and a creamy head like the season’s first snow.

Odell Isolation

“We know winter’s coming when our guests start asking for our Isolation. Our customers look forward to this beer all year,” said Lynsey Perry, Tap Room Assistant Manager.

For nearly ten years, Isolation ale has delighted fans and warmed cabins throughout the winter months. Odell Brewing Company will hold an Isolation Celebration on Wednesday October, 8th at the brewery’s Tap Room. With a little luck, it just may snow.

Holiday BotD: Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

This holiday season, raise your beer glass high in good cheer with Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, a rich, delicious, full flavored chocolate beer that is sure to enhance the holiday season for beer and chocolate lovers alike. The award-winning brewers at Samuel Adams are proud to release the latest batch of this limited edition, handcrafted specialty brew featuring the specialty Cru Sauvage chocolate from fine Swiss chocolatier, Felchlin. Available in time to pour at holiday parties from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is a flavorful craft brew that will provide a unique approach to toasting the season.

“Today’s craft brewers and drinkers know no boundaries when it comes to big flavors and interesting ingredients in beer. Our brewers are constantly searching for new ingredients and experimenting with beer styles because part of the fun in being a craft brewer is discovering that the surprising combination of beer and chocolate creates a beer as delicious and complex as Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock,” says Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams beers. “Beer enthusiasts will discover that this specialty brew is perfect to pour and pair at the holiday table with seasonal dishes
and desserts.”

“It’s no secret that the American palate enjoys experimenting with various taste combinations,” says Christian Aschwanden, CEO for Felchlin. “Through our partnership with Samuel Adams, we wanted to naturally join beer and chocolate together in the finest way. This new batch of Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock has a distinct flavor and deserves a place next to all types of holiday fare.”

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is brewed using Felchlin’s Grand Cru Sauvage, a highly-regarded and rare dark chocolate made from the uncultivated wild Bolivian cacao beans sourced from the dense rainforests located in the small town of Baures, Bolivia. For centuries, this wild cacao has been considered the best in the world. This wild cocoa displays a rich, dark, exotic flavor with notes of honey, vanilla and dried fruits. Brewing Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock with Cru Sauvage cacao nips creates a dark, decadent beer with a big, malty character, complex full-body taste and velvety finish.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal or can simply be enjoyed on its own as a dessert. It pairs particularly well with holiday appetizers such as mascarpone cheese and fresh fruit and main course favorites that include the savory flavors of turkey, chicken, pork and fish. It can also be the perfect end to your festive feast when paired with those favorite chocolate infused desserts, such as chocolate mousse and mocha cheesecake.

Just in time for holiday sipping and gift-giving, this new brew will be available nationwide in early November in select off premise accounts for a suggested retail price of $14.99. Packaged in an attractive 750 ml amber bottle with a festively embossed pewter label, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is unlike any offering on shelves today.

Moylan’s White Christmas

Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant announces the release date for its holiday seasonal, Moylan’s White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager. White Christmas will be available in bottles and in draft form the second week of October 2008, and will be available in the following states, CA, OR, WA, AZ, MN, CO, PA, IL, OH, NJ, MA, NV, RI, Washington DC, Guam, Vancouver British Columbia.

Moylan's White Christmas

A crisp, clean lager with just a touch of spices, this Christmas beer is a nice brew, just perfect for getting beer lovers warmed up for the holiday season. Brewmaster Denise Jones is very pleased to continue her work on perfecting Moylan’s holiday release and looks forward to introducing a new dimension to the recipe, producing, without a doubt, a fine holiday offering.