21 Michigan winter beers worth drinking this season

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Axle Ruby
Style: Red IPA 
ABV: 7.1% 
With a rich malt backbone and generous additions of Centennial, Ruby is the kind of beer non-IPA drinkers are talking about when they make that sad face and tell you it tastes like a pine cone. Massive resinous characteristics and a robust body make this a great cold weather brew.
Axle Ruby
Style: Red IPA
ABV: 7.1%

With a rich malt backbone and generous additions of Centennial, Ruby is the kind of beer non-IPA drinkers are talking about when they make that sad face and tell you it tastes like a pine cone. Massive resinous characteristics and a robust body make this a great cold weather brew.
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree
Style: Triple/Imperial IPA
ABV: 12.0%
Dark Horse Crooked Tree is among a small handful of brews which have become staples in the Michigan IPA drinker’s cellar — and that itself is an elite distinction. So for the annual release of its much bigger brother, Dark Horse dialled it up to an enormous 12% monster of a beer.
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree
Style: Triple/Imperial IPA
ABV: 12.0%

Dark Horse Crooked Tree is among a small handful of brews which have become staples in the Michigan IPA drinker’s cellar — and that itself is an elite distinction. So for the annual release of its much bigger brother, Dark Horse dialled it up to an enormous 12% monster of a beer.
Bell’s Winter White
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.0%
While this Bell’s brew is lighter on the alcohol by volume scale (a respectable 5.0%) there is no denying that Winter White Ale is the ultimate winter beer. It’s a great winter beer for drinkers who don’t want anything too heavy. It’s light and has a great aroma of cloves and cinnamon.
Bell’s Winter White
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.0%

While this Bell’s brew is lighter on the alcohol by volume scale (a respectable 5.0%) there is no denying that Winter White Ale is the ultimate winter beer. It’s a great winter beer for drinkers who don’t want anything too heavy. It’s light and has a great aroma of cloves and cinnamon.
Short's Juicy Tree
Style: Experimental IPA
ABV: 7.5%
With blue spruce tips and cranberry, this IPA actually tastes like a Christmas tree. The addition of Juniper berries gives it a distinct gin-like quality. Juicy Tree is a holiday seasonal but bottles are still floating around the Detroit area — grab some while you can.
Short's Juicy Tree
Style: Experimental IPA
ABV: 7.5%

With blue spruce tips and cranberry, this IPA actually tastes like a Christmas tree. The addition of Juniper berries gives it a distinct gin-like quality. Juicy Tree is a holiday seasonal but bottles are still floating around the Detroit area — grab some while you can.
Milkshake Stout
Style: Stout
ABV: 5%
This beer doesn’t even taste like beer, honestly. It’s smooth, rich, and may we suggest a scoop of ice cream to go with it?
Milkshake Stout
Style: Stout
ABV: 5%
This beer doesn’t even taste like beer, honestly. It’s smooth, rich, and may we suggest a scoop of ice cream to go with it?
Geyser Brown
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 7.2%
Hailing from Gonzo’s Biggdogg Brewing in Kalamazoo, this brown ale has chocolate and caramel undertones that just scream winter.
Geyser Brown
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 7.2%

Hailing from Gonzo’s Biggdogg Brewing in Kalamazoo, this brown ale has chocolate and caramel undertones that just scream winter.
Founders Azacca
Style: Single-Hop IPA
ABV: 7.0%
IPA’s which feature a single hop variety are perhaps the best way to illustrate their incredibly diverse range of aromas and flavor profiles. Like their core offering Centennial, Founders’ new limited-release IPA is an excellent showcase for the juicy, tropical characteristics of the Azacca hop. Its pleasant dryness is perfectly balanced, creating the harmonious blend of components we would expect from Founders.
Founders Azacca
Style: Single-Hop IPA
ABV: 7.0%

IPA’s which feature a single hop variety are perhaps the best way to illustrate their incredibly diverse range of aromas and flavor profiles. Like their core offering Centennial, Founders’ new limited-release IPA is an excellent showcase for the juicy, tropical characteristics of the Azacca hop. Its pleasant dryness is perfectly balanced, creating the harmonious blend of components we would expect from Founders.
Short’s Good Humans
Style: Imperial Brown Ale
ABV: 9.1%
Hold on to your boot straps for this one friends! Short’s Good Humans comes in at a whopping 9.1%. It’s described as a “dry hop double brown ale”, so it pretty much has something for the hop lovers and the brown ale lovers.
Short’s Good Humans
Style: Imperial Brown Ale
ABV: 9.1%

Hold on to your boot straps for this one friends! Short’s Good Humans comes in at a whopping 9.1%. It’s described as a “dry hop double brown ale”, so it pretty much has something for the hop lovers and the brown ale lovers.
Vanilla Porter Ale
Style: Porter
ABV: 7.0%
Another brew from Gonzo’s BiggDogg, this Vanilla Porter is one of the best ones we’ve ever tasted. It’s sweet, rich, smooth, and has a fantastic blend of chocolate and vanilla.
Vanilla Porter Ale
Style: Porter
ABV: 7.0%

Another brew from Gonzo’s BiggDogg, this Vanilla Porter is one of the best ones we’ve ever tasted. It’s sweet, rich, smooth, and has a fantastic blend of chocolate and vanilla.
Arcadia Hop Rocket
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.0%
Following the cue of their neighbors at Bell's Brewing, Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Ales have released their own double IPA for the coldest months. At a hefty 9% alcohol by volume, this one can stand up to the even the harshest of Michigan winters.
Arcadia Hop Rocket
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.0%

Following the cue of their neighbors at Bell's Brewing, Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Ales have released their own double IPA for the coldest months. At a hefty 9% alcohol by volume, this one can stand up to the even the harshest of Michigan winters.