New Year’s Countdown: Top 10 Seasonal Brews

Tis The Season! Bring in 2017 with Great Taste

Usually when we think of seasonal winter beers, we tend to think of darker beers; porters and stouts, more than likely infused with coffee, mint, or spices, that will warm us up and fill us up (and possibly knock us out with those high ABVs).  Even in San Diego, where we sometimes have to pretend to have a winter, we embrace the chilly holiday season and enjoy our winter-inspired beers, still served at icy cold temperatures, while we sit out on our decks and enjoy the southern California sunshine.

But there’s so much more to the season than that (and so much other beer!).

So while the rest of the country (and most the Northern Hemisphere) is living in a chilly, winter wonderland, looking forward to New Year’s Eve champagne toasts, we here in San Diego are looking forward to burying 2016 underneath a heap of good beer, where it belongs.

Forget the champagne, here are 10 seasonal craft beer choices to help you kick off (and end) the year the right way!

Seasonal choices, traditional enough to make Clark Griswold proud.

 

THE DARKER SIDE

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1. Alesmith – Vietnamese Speedway Stout

Nothing says celebration like the best stout in San Diego. Only available at the brewery, so go in and check it out!

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2. Firestone Walker – Wookey Jack

It’s the best of both worlds! It’s dark, it’s powerful… it’s a Black Rye IPA.

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3. Alesmith – Decadence

Aptly named and oh so delicious.

 

THE ONES THAT TASTE LIKE THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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4. Julian Hard Cider – Apple Pie
No, it’s not a beer, it’s a (delicious!) cider, but if Apple Pie doesn’t scream wintery festiveness, nothing does.

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5. Ballast Point – Peppermint Victory At Sea

If you want a more classic taste, try the original Victory At Sea

5.5 Bonus: Anything left from Ballast Point’s annual Victory At Sea Day (Look out for Hammerhead, an espresso flavored version.)

 

THE ONES YOU’VE HEARD OF BUT HAVEN’T TRIED YET

You’ve heard about them for a reason. It’s time!

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6. Dogfish Head – 90 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head’s renowned continuous hopping process for brewing this one makes for an intense – but not crushing – flavor.

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7. Green Flash – Le Freak

The hybrid of an Belgian-Style Trippel and an American Imperial IPA, Green Flash blends citrus flavors with the unmistakable power of hops in this legendary brew.

 

THE ONE YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD OF

But should definitely give a shot.

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8. North Coast – PranQster

It’s like a Belgian, but also like no Belgian-based beer that you’ve tasted.

 

THE HOPPY CHOICES FOR 2017

Because it’s still San Diego – this list wouldn’t be complete without the hoppy beers.

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9. Alpine – Hoppy Birthday
Don’t let the Session IPA description confuse you; this 6.25% beer packs a hoppy punch and is a perfect way to say “HOPPY BIRTHDAY 2017!!”

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10. 32 North – Best Coast IPA

No better way (or appropriately named beer) to celebrate being in the best place, with the best beers.

 

BONUS SELECTION FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY (aka RECOVERY BEER)

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11. Pizza Port – PONTO S.I.P.A.


As we are coming up on the New Year, it’s certainly a time to reflect and to revisit favorites from the last 12 months. With parties to attend, resolutions to make, and a new start on the horizon, it’s as much of a time to try new things, make new connections, and set goals.

Of course, we are talking about beer here, so be sure to take advantage of the last moments of 2016 to revisit your favorite brewery or newly discovered beer from this year. It’s probably available for delivery right here.

Or bring in 2017 by finally trying out those local favorites you’ve heard all about, but haven’t gotten around to tasting yet. Or even better, trying something new altogether!

With all of the beers available for delivery in minutes, it’s time to head into the New Year on top.

Cheers!


About the Author 

Elise Colwell is a craft beer enthusiast, born out of a love for hops and exploring local flavor. She spends her spare time tirelessly researching the best local craft beers and making new friends at the tap rooms. Come say hi!

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