Halfway through December and I’m taking some downtime tonight. Drinking Sierra Nevada’s holiday spiced ale from their winter Snowpack and watching the exploits of the greatest villain ever to appear in a stop-motion holiday special.
I’m digging the brew. Sierra Nevada doesn’t really do malty beers (I think the holiday Snowpacks over the last few years have been all IPAs and Pale Ales with maybe random stout thrown in for good measure), so this was a pleasant surprise. Wintertide is very similar to Samuel Adams’ Old Fezziwig but just a little less sweet and with a slightly heaver backbone of spices; the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove in this one are more bold and you can really taste them.
And yes I’m showing my age with my appreciation for Winterbolt, the evil ice wizard from Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July. He’s still a badass.
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far because it will be over before we know it.
And remember… beer is freedom… and the food abides…