The “festive season” is upon us. A dusting of snow on the ground, Christmas lights are up, non-stop toy and game commercials on TV. Crowded malls, grocery store line-ups, circling parking lots trying to find that elusive parking space. Stressed yet? You will be. But fear not- the helpful folks at beergeek.ca have a solution (it’s actually very similar to our solution to most problems). When Christmas stress is getting to you, when Jack Frost is “nipping at your nose”, nip back. Specifically, nip back some winter ale. Since we’re rolling with a festive theme, allow me to introduce the first of the “The Twelve Beers of Christmas”:
The good people of Granville Island Brewing make up a big batch of Lion’s Winter Ale every winter. And the good people of B.C. drink it up every winter. Lots of it. With good reason. This English style winter ale pours out a warm dark amber, almost mahogany colour. Strong malt character, with caramel and faint chocolate sweetness in the mix. But the main feature of this beer is vanilla. Alluring vanilla aromas, and a lingering vanilla finish. Perfect when paired with a cold winter evening.