(2009) 12 Beers of Christmas, beer 1: Sam Adams Winter Lager

Sam Adams Winter Lager, the first beer in our countdown, should be a holiday staple- and it seems like many local brewpubs are catching on. The tasty brew has been more readily available on tap as of late, as a December guest brew at places like Backstreet Brewery in Irvine and The Ranch Sports Grill in Ladera Ranch. The Winter Lager is a regular in Sam’s holiday variety pack (along with some other holiday greats like Old Fezziwig and Cranberry Lambic), and is also available by itself in 6 or 12-pack form at pretty much all decent liquor-purchasing establishments this month.

For the die-hard Boston Lager fans out there, the Winter Lager has a full body and deep brown color comparable to the traditional beer, but the similarities pretty much stop there. It’s a heavily spiced beer, brewed with cinnamon, orange zest, and ginger to give it a “wintery” taste, with clove and allspice flavors also prevalent throughout. It’s a welcome variance from the Boston Lager, as the spices serve as a replacement to the underlying hoppyness of the original brew. It’s a hearty, warming beer, meant to be enjoyed during those chilly winter evenings. All in all, it’s a truly delightful Christmas beer, and will pair well with roasted turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings (even Apple Pie!), and will serve as a wonderful addition to your holiday table.

For more info on Sam Adams Winter Lager, delicious food pairings to enjoy it with, or to find out where to buy some near you, visit the Sam Adams website at http://www.samueladams.com/.

Enjoy!

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