By Tiffany Licataâ€‹
As winter presses on and the air becomes increasingly brisk, there couldn’t be a better time to escape from the weather outside and enjoy a dark, malty cold one (inside, of course). No need to look far, as there are plenty of local breweries concocting special batches of seasonal beer to warm you up while you patiently wait for the winter months to pass.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Anyone looking to spice up their winter knows that Captain Lawrence’s Winter Ale is the way to go. With its rich, toasted malts and secret blend of spices, this evenly brewed ale provides a nice kick that pairs well with roasted meats or Shepard’s pie.
Peekskill Brewery’s Moscow on the Hudson is a great place to start for anyone looking for a creamy, rather than robust, beer this winter. With hints of licorice, coffee, smoke, and dry grain, “It’s beautiful, smooth, rich, and easy to drink,” says Head Brewer Matt Levy.
Broken Bow Brewery
For a new take on previously used whiskey barrels, Broken Bow Brewery has concocted a full-bodied barely wine ale that has spent 9 months aging. Head Brewer Mike LaMothe says, “It’s very smooth for being high alcohol,” and has a complex, malty flavor with hints of peat.
Yonkers Brewing Company
Yonkers Brewing Company is bringing back its First Anniversary Porter this winter, brewed with bourbon barrel aged Crown Maple syrup and local cold brew coffee. “We are extremely excited about the porter and to have the opportunity to share the beer with a wider audience than just our tasting room,” says Head Brewer Sharif Taleb.
Newburgh Brewing Company
It’s spruce beer season for Newburgh Brewing Company with their limited winter Spruce Mousse. This light, mint-chocolaty beer with a delicate bitterness is brewed with spruce needles and cocoa nibs from Fruition Chocolate Works and is sure to keep you warm when matched with a fresh cup of hot chocolate.
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After a long day, it’s always nice to treat yourself after dinner with a nice dessert. A dessert beer, perhaps? Brooklyn Brewery has been cooking up its Black Chocolate Stout since 1994 and only gets better with age. With a crafty blend of six malts, this stout achieves the perfect dark chocolate flavor.