Local winter ales new and old

Photo: Granville Island Brewing.

Photo: Granville Island Brewing.

The winter months mean winter ales, and Vancouver craft breweries are quenching the thirsts of seasonal drinkers. This year, local brewers are bringing back some past favourites and introducing some new ones. Here are a few of the winter ales you can find on store shelves and at many local pubs and restaurants.

Black Christmas CDA (Parallel 49) – Usually, winter ales have seasonal notes like vanilla and spices. Not Black Christmas CDA, which leans towards a hoppy, bitter flavour. A CDA, or Cascadian Dark Ale, is a particularly Pacific Northwest kind of beer – hopped like an India Pale Ale but dark in colour.

Red Racer Winter Ale (Central City) – A returning favourite, this 7-percenter is back in stores. It’s scored 89 points at BeerAdvocate.com.

Winter Seasonal Stout (Powell Street Craft Brewery) – A new seasonal from a young East Van brewery, the Seasonal Stout can only be found at the brewery (1830 Powell St.) and it comes and goes quickly – so check the brewery’s Facebook page for availability updates.

Father John’s Winter Ale (Howe Sound Brewing) – Get your taste buds warmed up for this one, which features four different malts and a blend of spices. For the more adventurous, try Howe Sounds’ s Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout – a beer that more than lives up to its name.

Lions Winter Ale (Granville Island) – The brewer promises (or suggests?) “caramel malt aromas dominated by cocoa and vanilla… toffee, cocoa bean and slight nuttiness.”

Naughty & Spiced Porter (Russell Brewing) – Seasonal flavours like cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and ginger will have you bypassing the eggnog in favour of this Naughty & Spiced Porter. The limited edition holiday treat comes in at 6.5% alcohol, perfect for mistletoe misgivings.

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