Clipper City Winter Storm

Clipper City Brewing of Baltimore, Maryland has unleashed their Winter Storm, a “winter warmer” ale, brewed with copious helpings of English malts and US and English hops, a ruddy hued “Imperial ESB” in style. Full malty flavors dancing with powerful hop aromas and a lingering, firm hop bitterness. Seasonally available from mid October to February.

Winter Storm

Winter Storm
ABV: Approx. 7.5%
Category 5 Ale

Gold Medal, “International Pale Ale” Category- World Beer Cup
Silver Medal, “Strong/BW” Category- 2008 Governor’s Cup

Christmas Beer

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Christmas Beer

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Boundary Bay Cabin Fever

Specially brewed and bottled for the Pacific Northwest winters, this winter warmer’s dark red-brown color and rich malty flavor will complement any rich, hardy meal as well as your favorite spicy dish. However, with it’s cold conditioned, smooth, dry-hopped flavor, Cabin Fever is very satisfying all by itself.

Cabin Fever

O.G.: 1.072
Hops: Mt. Hood, Warrior, and Crystal.
Malts: Pale, 2-Row, Munich, Carastan, Dark Crystal, Oats, & Chocolate
Alcohol: 7.2% by volume


2008 World Beer Cup: Silver in Other Strong Ales
2006 World Beer Cup: Bronze in Strong Ales
2004 North American Beer Awards: Gold in Strong Ales
2002 Great American Beer Festival: Bronze in Strong Ales
1999 Great American Beer Festival: Silver in Strong Ales

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.