Great Divide Hibernation Ale

One of Colorado’s longest-running craft beer traditions returned last month. Great Divide Brewing released its award-winning Hibernation Ale—Colorado’s original strong ale—on October 1st.

A true precedent setter in the state’s craft beer history, Hibernation’s rich flavors and winter-warming heft created a stir upon the beer’s debut in 1995. Thirteen years later, Hibernation Ale is now one of the most sought-after winter beers in Colorado.

“We have a lot of history with Hibernation,” says Great Divide founder Brian Dunn, “and it’s a fall tradition for our fans to buy a case of it when it comes out each year. It also personifies our brewery in many ways—it’s edgy but balanced, assertive but elegant. It set the standard for our brewery, especially for the bigger beers we make.”

Great Divide Hibernation

The beer has also landed a slew of honors for Great Divide, including three Great American Beer Festival honors and a World Beer Cup medal (see below for details). The 2005 vintage of Hibernation Ale was awarded a silver medal in the Aged Beer category at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

“This is one of our best beers for aging,” Dunn says. “As good as the beer is fresh, its malty richness and layered hop flavors go through some wonderful changes over a year’s time. The hops pull back, the malts become more rounded, and the beer develops a nice caramel character you don’t find in the fresh version.”

Hibernation is brewed each summer, dry-hopped, then aged for two months before its release. It’s only available for about 8 weeks each year, from mid-October to mid-December, in limited quantities of draft and 12 ounce bottles, in most Great Divide markets.

Karl Strauss Belgian Brown Ale

Seasonal beers have become the number one selling craft beer style according to the Brewers Association. And with the holidays approaching, everyone is eagerly anticipating the diverse line-up of Winter Seasonals to hit the taps and shelves. San Diego’s Karl Strauss Brewing Company will be offering a new Belgian Brown Ale – the perfect beer for all your festive occasions. This beer has a sweet coffee-like maltiness from a blend of Caramel malts, Brown Malt, and rolled oats complemented by a unique peppery spiciness from the Belgian yeast and Saaz hops.

The brewers at Karl Strauss wanted to brew something that had the characteristic spiciness of a traditional holiday beer, but with an interesting spin. “Every year, our customers are stoked to see what we come up with. They are excited to try something new and different, so we were inspired to create a holiday beer that was a little unexpected,” said Karl Strauss Brewmaster Paul Segura. This Winter Seasonal was aged with French oak chips for a smooth finish and subtle hints of vanilla – at 6.3% ABV, it’s a perfect winter session beer.

Karl Strauss

The Belgian Brown Ale is the latest release in Karl Strauss’ new seasonal beer roster. Over the last few years, with the demand for seasonal beers increasing, the company has launched a program to distribute four of its seasonals: Belgian Brown in the Winter, Saison in the Spring, Pintail Pale Ale in the Summer, and Oktoberfest in the Fall.

If you are interested in experiencing Karl Strauss’ Winter Seasonal, you can find the Belgian Brown Ale on tap at all six Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurants, as well as select bars in Southern California, starting this month.

Karl Strauss Belgian Brown Ale

6.3% ABV
35 SRM
24 IBU
15.5 Plato

Sly Fox Christmas Ale

The month of November is always marked by the release of Sly Fox’s malty, full-bodied holiday seasonal brew and, for many of us, this beer’s appearance is the first real sign that the most celebratory time of the year is on its way. This malty, full-bodied red ale is made with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinnamon & Nutmeg. If this one doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge.

Christmas Ale is brewed with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinnamon & Nutmeg, which are added during filtration. Each vintage is slightly different from the last because spices vary in intensity and complexity each year. Available in limited quantities on draught at the pubs, and packaged in 750ml bottles which feature a new and distinctive label every year, this is the perfect pour for holiday gatherings and dinners.

Sly Fox Christmas Ale

16.5 OG | 16 IBUs | 6.5% ABV

Many customers purchase Christmas Ale by the case because it is an ideal and always appreciated gift for those surprise holiday visitors. Others stock away bottles to mellow and mature for vertical tastings or sharing as a special treat later in the year.

Beer Hoodie

Whether you’re camping, fishing or tailgating a beer hoodie will come in handy. Be the center of attention when you show up to a party with one of these on. Keep your beer cold and your hands free! Beer hoodies for when you need a third hand!

Beer Hoodie

They’re $45 each ($48 for XXL) but that price also includes your custom text on the hoodie, available in seven colors and eight different fonts, as shown below.

Beer Hoodie Fonts & Colors

For example, here’s what an “Oreon” beer hoodie would look like using the SF Collegiate font and green color.

Beer Hoodie Oregon Example

Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout

Oskar Blues Brewery has just released a small amount of its acclaimed winter seasonal beer, Ten FIDY Imperial Stout. The beer is heading to stores in Colorado, Southern California, Texas and the Pittsburgh, PA area. Limited amounts of the beer will reach other markets later this year.

The immensely rich imperial stout garnered a large amount of critical acclaim and consumer appreciation when it was first released last October. The beer’s many honors and accolades include “Beer of the Year” (The Denver Post), “100 Rating” (Ratebeer.com), “This one puts the ‘A’ in ‘Holy Crap!’” (Beer Advocate Magazine) and “The biggest, baddest, boldest beer in a can” from Celebrator Beer News.

Ten FIDY

A titanic wonder of a stout, Ten FIDY is dramatically viscous and loaded with neck-deep flavors of chocolate, malt, coffee and oats. It’s the beer equivalent of a decadently rich milkshake made with malted milk balls and Heaven’s best chocolate ice cream.

Ten FIDY is about 10% ABV and made with enormous amounts of two-row malts, chocolate malts, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Its huge-but-comforting flavors hide a hefty 98 IBUs that are deftly tucked underneath the beer’s blankets of malty goodness. The beer will retail for approximately $12 a fourpack.