Oktoberfest and Pumpkin get most of the seasonal hype, but winter beers are some of the finest out there. They warm the body and soul, all while getting you (responsibly) wasted. Here are six to try this winter. There are plenty more options that deserve to hit your lips. These are just a few of my favorites from around the country.
Winter Cheers - The mix of banana, clove and citrus in a wheat ale makes Winter Cheers stand out in a group of like-minded winter spiced beers. 6.7% ABV
Great Lakes Christmas Ale is a fan favorite every winter due to its huge aroma and subtle spice with a ginger kick. 7.5% ABV
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale is an ever changing blend of spices backed by consistent vanilla and hazlenut. It's also one of the more sessionable winter beers at 5.2% ABV.
Jubelale is exactly what comes to mind when you think of a winter warmer - dark and malty. It has layers of flavors including a great fruit and spice combo. 6.7% ABV
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer is a mix of barley wine and winter ale made with citrus hops and a strong caramel backbone. It's perfectly appropriate for the Florida winter. It might not be cold to you, but 50s are freezing for Floridiots. 11% ABV
Our Special Ale 2013, or Anchor Christmas Ale, sports a new recipe and tree every year, and for 2013 it's a rich and dark spiced slice of heaven. You can even get it in Magnum bottles to really ball. 5.5% ABV