In the early parts of the year, as folks in many areas of the country hunker down to stay warm, many brewers are helping to aid in this warmth creating exercise by raising the ABV in their seasonal brews. If you’ve ever had the extreme pleasure of spending time with me while imbibing adult beverages, you’ll know that these wintery and boozy brews are right in my wheelhouse. I’m excited to share with you some of the beers I’ve had this year, as well as some to which I’m very much looking forward.

Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout, 11.3%       

  • Aged in bourbon barrels, this raucous brew features deeply roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and dark malts. The perfect cap to a Saturday night, or start to a Sunday morning.

Prairie Barrel Aged Bomb!, 13%

  • The ever-popular Bomb! has been plunked into whiskey barrels for a nice little duration, which adds complexity and layers to the coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chilies.

Firestone Walker Sucaba, 13.4%

  • After having a forced name change due to two-bit legal action, this English Barleywine has massive chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and tobacco flavors and touches of dark cherry.

Prairie Ape Snake, 7.9%

  • The “session” beer on the list, this dark Saison features multiple yeast strains that allow for depth and provide aging capabilities, and is also dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight and Centennial.

Founders KBS, 12.4%

  • This beer is a mainstay annual release and worth the wait. Aged for a year in oak bourbon barrels, this brew is massive with coffee and chocolate notes. A true fan favorite, this will be released in early April, but it’s never too early to get in the ear of your distributor rep.

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