Top 5 Holiday Brews

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Someone once said, “Any beer is a holiday beer if you drink it during the holidays.” There is truth to that. There are also some very special seasonal beers that pop up for the holidays.



Equinox Brewing Midwinter Warmer Barleywine

Photo from the Equinox Brewing Facebook page.

A complex aroma blends caramel malt notes with hints of wood and dried fruit. Full rich malt dominates the flavor and slowly opens as the beer warms. The oak presence lingers in the finish. Mellow tannins balance the malt while the alcoholic strength becomes apparent.

ABV: 10% | IBU: 55 | Release Date: 9/30/2010
Winter Seasonal





High Hops Brewery Double Stuph Cookie Porter 


Collaboration with Western Distributing Co

Available in cans & on draft 12/1

Porter Brewed with Chocolate, Vanilla, and Lactose


A delicious porter with flavors reminiscent of the well-known tasty treat! Brewed with biscuit and special caramel malts to bring out a palate-warming gooey mouthfeel and chocolate malts to mimic the sweet morsels of a cookie.   ABV 6.5%

Let’s call this adult milk and cookies.

Photo from Odell Brewing website.

Odell Brewing Isolation Ale

IBU: 42

Winter Warmer

ABV: 6.1%



Pale, Bon lander, Crystal and Nugget hops

A funny thing happens here around summer’s end—our eyes start searching the skies for those first fall flakes. As we welcome autumn’s first snow, we celebrate the return of Isolation Ale—a sweet-caramel malty ale balanced by a subtle crisp hop finish. Whether you ski, shred, or shoe, it’ll inspire you to make first tracks.
Available October through December.  Let’s call this comfort.


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Crooked Stave



Gift of Time-Black Friday Edition
13.8% ALC/VOL
Imperial Stout Aged in Heaven Hill & Envy Bourbon Barrels for Three Years. Sells out quickly. Let’s call this one time only, exclusive.

Photo from Purpose Brewing website.

Purpose Brewing


Smoeltrekker #075

A soft sour with Colorado Sage, angelica root, French Verveine is some of the remnants from the Old Elk gin leftover from the barrel. As the liquid continued to age, the Purposeful art of beer-making took over. Some of those spices are there but it is pleasantly surprising. Let’s call this creative.

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Cynthia Reaves is the Managing Editor of The New Scene Magazine and North Forty News. Cynthia is multimedia journalist with a master's in New Media Journalism and a bachelor's in Journalism with a minor in Music Theory and Composition. She has a grassroots digital publication, Argento Studios. She was the social producer for Green Mile Films, PR for Women’s Grand Prix at the US Pro Challenge, and Chief Relationship Officer for technology company Studio Hyperset.

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