The Only Good Thing About Winter…


…is dark beer! I’ve had so many delicious porters and stouts lately. There’s no better style to curl up on the couch with on a cold winter night. Here’s a look at some of the beers we drank while snowed in last weekend!


On Saturday morning, once I got the official word that Hops and Hocks was closed, we made a big country breakfast and cracked open Hardywood’s Gingerbread Stout. We’ve talked about our love for this beer before, and I was pleased to find out that this year’s batch is just as good.

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We also did a taste comparison of Evil Twin’s Christmas Eve at a NYC Hotel Room from 2014 vs. 2015. We found both to be chocolatey, a bit smokey, and surprisingly easy-drinking for the ABV. The major difference was that the aged version was considerably boozier.


I was surprised and delighted by the Mackeson Triple Stout, a milk stout that one of my Beer of the Month Club members dropped off for me to try. This thing is so ridiculously light bodied, smooth, and sweet, I could drink ’em all night. That’s a claim I rarely make about dark beers.

The cutest snow bunny of all!

This weekend I’m planning to have Prairie’s Barrel-Aged Bomb! and new dry-hopped dark farmhouse, Ape Snake. Those are sure to go on my list of Must Have Winter Beers. I’m pleased, happy, ecstatic to see warm weather in the forecast for the coming week. One weekend of blizzard was enough for this Barley Babe. What did you drink during your blizzard?



5 thoughts on “The Only Good Thing About Winter…

  1. I am going to see if I can find some Gingerbread Stout in RVA this weekend. I bet they are out. I love that stuff ❤ Great post! Love you!

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