Day Nine

The holiday season may be drawing to a close, but we’re not quite finished counting down Christmas beers! Lucky for us, the “twelve days of Christmas” are actually the twelve days after Christmas, not the twelve days leading up to Christmas! Who knew?

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On the ninth day of Christmas we tried the Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, their take on the classic “winter warmer.” After having a string of disappointing seasonal brews lately, we were pleasantly surprised by the Solstice. It’s medium-full bodied, incredibly smooth, and has flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar, and molasses. Unlike a lot of winter seasonals, we didn’t get a ton of spice from this one, but we’re okay with that. At this point we’re a tad sick of spicy.

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Anderson Valley suggests pairing the Solstice with roasted almonds, candied yams, baked ham, and pumpkin pie. We drank ours with roasted root vegetable sandwiches– a combination of their suggestions. The dark fruit and brown sugar flavors nicely complemented the sweetness of roasted beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Final verdict: Like the Hop Ottin,’ the Summer Solstice, and Holy Gose, the Winter Solstice is a yet another winner from Anderson Valley!

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