Monday, January 12, 2015
My Favorite Winter Beers
Over my holidays I spent time in 3 different states: Virginia (where I live), New Jersey (where I grew up), and Tennessee (Nash Vegas baby!). I witnessed some good sports; a great Winter Classic win for the Caps, excellent SEC losses in college football (go Ducks, quack quack), and excellent Barclay's PL action. And as of now the Cowboys have lost, so all is right in the world.
Throughout this time I drank a variety of beers - some were due less to choice and more to situation. Bud Lights and PBRs were drank in Nash Town more than anything else, partly due to cost. With the families I drank what I brought (mostly wedding leftovers) or what was available. All that time and goodness consumed made me wonder, what is my favorite winter drink?
So I decided I must choose based upon them: being available in a 6 pack, the item must have a good ratio - $/% (The PS#) = $ cost per 6 pack (in local stores) / % Alcohol By Volume (ABV). And that's enough rules.
So without any delay here are my top 5 winter selections, frost them well:
1 - Grand Cru Seasonal by Flying Fish (NJ)
Cost is $7.99 per 6 pack, ABV = 6.9%. PS# = 1.158
A strong beer with a great flavor. You can easily down 2 to 3 of these, which if you do will make legally unable to drive pretty much everywhere in the world. I love this beer, not because its from where I grew up, but because it has that warming Belgian style taste and its heavy to the point of not needing dinner.
2 - Tidings Seasonal by Port City (VA)
Cost is $11.99 per 6 pack, ABV = 7.8%. PS# = 1.537
Watchout, this will knock you down and make you stay there. The amazing thing is one is all most people need. It goes down smooth similar to the Grand Cru, but it also has some spicy qualities
3 - Evil 8º by Blue Mountain (VA)
Cost is $9.99 per 6 pack, ABV = 7.7%. PS# = 1.297
This guy is a nice chocolaty dark Dubbel. Hits the nose as hard as it uppercuts your tongue. This one could supplant a meal if you really want it to.
4 - New Belgium Accumulation (CO)
Cost is $8.99 per 6 pack, ABV = 6.2%. PS# = 1.297
First IPA on this list. This winter mix is much more of a light hearted Winter beer. It is not so heavy as to punch you out if you have more than 2, but it still has a kick. It also goes well into spring.
5 - Bell's Two Hearted Ale (MI)
Cost is $8.99 per 6 pack, ABV = 7.0%. PS# = 1.284
Michigan has some great breweries. Bell's always gets props because of its Two Hearted, which is good any time. However, all too often New Holland is overlooked and they have some good stuff.
I think the lower the PS number the better. Anyways, drink up its cold outside and you don't want to be there.