21 Michigan winter beers worth drinking this season
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Style: Red IPA
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
Dark Horse Crooked Tree is among a small handful of brews which have become staples in the Michigan IPA drinkers 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.
Bells Winter White
While this Bells 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. Its a great winter beer for drinkers who dont want anything too heavy. Its light and has a great aroma of cloves and cinnamon.
Short's Juicy Tree
Style: Experimental IPA
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.
This beer doesnt even taste like beer, honestly. Its smooth, rich, and may we suggest a scoop of ice cream to go with it?
Style: Brown Ale
Hailing from Gonzos Biggdogg Brewing in Kalamazoo, this brown ale has chocolate and caramel undertones that just scream winter.
Style: Single-Hop IPA
IPAs 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.
Shorts Good Humans
Style: Imperial Brown Ale
Hold on to your boot straps for this one friends! Shorts Good Humans comes in at a whopping 9.1%. Its 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
Another brew from Gonzos BiggDogg, this Vanilla Porter is one of the best ones weve ever tasted. Its sweet, rich, smooth, and has a fantastic blend of chocolate and vanilla.
Arcadia Hop Rocket
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
Following the cue of their neighbors at Bell's Brewing, Kalamazoos 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.