Chill Out This Season With a Winter Warmer From a Local Brewery

It’s hard to be an eternal hoptimist in the winter—but these local winter warmers will help you fight the chill.

Wish you were sippin’ something on a sunny beach right about now? Same. We know, we know, it’s hard to be hoppy while it’s so bleak and blustery outside—but rest assured these seasonal beers from local breweries will sate your post-holiday blues. Time to get hoppy!

Crank Arm Brewing’s Icycle

Toasty vibes? Check. Malty taste? Check. Warming spices? Double check (hey, cardamom and ginger!). With all those tempting tasting notes, Crank Arm’s Icycle brown ale is anything but chilly… and it’s sure to have you craving a snuggle by a cracklin’ flame as you sip. @crankarmbrew

Trophy Brewing’s Heavyweight Champ

Get ready to rumble… Trophy’s popular imperial stout is back in celebration of its Maywood location’s 7thseventh birthday—and this special rum barrel-aged version really oughta pack a punch (!). Packed with heavy—er, rich—flavors like toasted caramel, tropical vanilla and milk chocolate (with a 14% ABV to boot!), it’s for sure tap-able. @trophybrewing

Wye Hill’s Little Lantern

“Shine bright like a diamond.” … Or like Wye Hill’s Little Lantern Belgian-style tripel. An “ode to NC’s winter wonderlands,” this beer is flavored with local persimmons (a native NC fruit!) and spicebush berries. Dreamin’ of a (white) winter wonderland, anyone? @wyehill

Brewery Bhavana’s Rift No. 3 

Wash down those dinnertime dumplings with an order of Brewery Bhavana’s Rift No. 3 imperial stout which boasts an 11% ABV and fun, fruity and decadent flavors. Who doesn’t love a cherry and cocoa combo? @brewerybhavana

Burial Beer Co.’s Serenade of Chaos + Houtenhamer

Pick your potion! With an array of ops that’ll give you all the warm and fuzzies, Burial Beer boasts an array of brews perf for winter. From the Serenade of Chaos—made with brown ale and notes of cocoa, peanut butter, cinnamon and vanilla bean—to its Houtenhamer, a double barrel-aged imperial stout in bourbon barrels, Burial stays raising the bar (and questioning what those beer names actually mean). @burialdtr

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