Blog contributed by Stephanie Grant
The winter season ushers in shorter days and chilly weather, which on the surface doesn’t seem like much fun. But there’s so much to look forward to when winter rolls around.
For one, this time of year invites us to slow down, gather with family and friends, and hunker down until the first signs of spring emerge. To celebrate the season, here are four ways to cozy up with a beer during your winter activities.
SNOW DAY WITH CURIEUX
I love snow days in Atlanta. Since we’re not too familiar with snow here in the south, we completely shut down the city and everyone stays indoors until the ice melts. Every winter, I hope the sky will bless me with a few inches of snow, and when it does, I’m grabbing my warmest blanket and a glass of Allagash’s bourbon barrel-aged golden ale, Curieux. It could be the beautiful notes of vanilla, caramel, oak; or the kisses of bourbon from aging in bourbon barrels for seven weeks; maybe it’s the warming 10.2% ABV. Either way, with nowhere to go, Curieux is the perfect beer for a snow day.
AROUND THE FIRE WITH NORTH SKY
Cold, winter days call for cozy layers with a roaring fire, whether that’s by the fireplace or fire pit. And the best beer to pair with a crackling fire is North Sky—bonus points if you happen to have s’mores ingredients on hand. This silky, Belgian-inspired stout has a beautiful balance of fruit and sweetness with roasty malt. It’s the kind of stout that pairs well with a night filled with good company, conversation, and s’mores, of course.
SNOW ADVENTURES WITH RIVER TRIP
Whether you’re a pro at navigating snow-covered slopes or desperately learning how to keep your feet up under you, a ski trip is the best way to take full advantage of the season. Pack your day with adrenaline-inducing adventures like skiing, sledding, snow tubing, and snowmobiling. Then, wind down with a pint of River Trip, a Belgian-style session ale with notes of hop-forward grapefruit, stone fruit, and hints of coriander. There’s no better way to end a day on the slopes, unless there’s a thermal bath nearby.
GATHER WITH ALLAGASH WHITE
One of my favorite parts of being a beer lover is sharing my obsession with others. Since winter is filled with so many opportunities to gather, it’s the best time to introduce (or re-introduce) your loved ones to beers they might not normally reach for. Enter Allagash White with its complex and refreshing notes of coriander and Curaçao orange peel—it’s guaranteed to satisfy beer lovers and those who think they’re not. Plus, no matter where you go or what you do, Allagash White is a beer that’s perfect for just about any scenario.
Now that you’re armed with some beer pairings for your winter activities, go forth and fill the season with new memories, old traditions, and the people you cherish the most.