Unique Winter Beers to Try Now

    Shorter days and colder nights usually bring darker brews—usually, but not exclusively. Here are creative local beers worth seeking out for a taste ... and then another.

    beer stout from fieldhouse
    Photo by Meagan Thomas

    Sure, you have your go-to brews, but local breweries are experimenting with fun flavors this season. These recently tapped beers are equally unique as they are delicious. And they range from dark for those cold nights, to lighter for these warmer-than-usual winter days.

    Caramel Macchiato Stout

    Fieldhouse Brewing Company

    While Fieldhouse Brewing usually saves its unique beers for weekly Test-Tap Wednesdays, they’re offering a Caramel Macchiato Stout on tap and in cans through February. The milk stout is brewed with El Salvador coffee from Switchback Roasters. It drinks definitely coffee-forward, with notes of caramel and toffee, and it’s sweetened by lactose and vanilla, making for a decadent beer to indulge in. Just don’t expect a sugar-bomb like its namesake.
    521 S. Tejon St.
    fieldhousebrew.com

    Heiðrún

    Phantom Canyon

    Have you tasted braggot before? Braggot is a blend of beer and mead, and Phantom Canyon recently tapped their own Heiðrún barrel-aged apple braggot. Made with 45 percent local honey, the Heiðrún is aged on green apples, and then in whiskey barrels for more than 14 months. It’s a potent pour, with obvious notes of whiskey, honey and apples. Look for a lager, a cask brown ale and a sour mash raspberry ale later this month as well.
    2 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
    phantomcanyon.com

    Pistachio Nut Brown Ale

    Goat Patch Brewing Co.

    Co-owner Justin Grant suggests stopping in for this recently-tapped Pistachio Nut Brown. Nut lovers, rejoice! This ale is actually brewed with pistachios, giving it a semidry, nutty flavor. Or if you’re in the mood for a darker beer, you can always try the stout. Full-bodied with dark-chocolate and caramel flavors, it’s a guaranteed winter warmer.
    2727 N. Cascade Ave.
    goatpatchbrewing.com

    India Pale Lager

    Bristol Brewing Company

    Yes, you read that right. Bristol’s India Pale Lager combines the hoppy flavors of an IPA with the clean taste of a lager. The result is a refreshing hybrid, and it’s available on draft at the Bristol Pub and around town at various restaurants. If you’re not a fan of hops, not to worry. Bristol will be releasing a Cherry Sour for the first time, so look for that near the end of the month.
    1604 S. Cascade Ave.
    bristolbrewing.com

     


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