Beer enthusiasts, this is for you! Whether you’re looking for an ale or a lager, the city’s breweries are full of seasonal beers. Check out five of the best winter beers from breweries right here in New York City.
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The Brooklyn Winter Ale From Brooklyn Brewery
79 N. 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Brooklyn Brewery is one of the hottest spots located on Brooklyn’s north side. Warm up with the brewery’s seasonal Brooklyn Winter Ale. This full-bodied ale’s inspiration comes from the cold hills of Scotland and is brewed right here in New York City. It’s lightly roasted and full of caramelized flavors. The Brooklyn Winter Ale pairs well with cheeses and traditional holiday roasts and stews — something to remember when planning your holiday menus! For a taste of the Brooklyn Winter Ale and many others, visit The Tasting Room at the brewery, open on the weekends. Check out the tasting times online. Interested in seeing where the goods are made? Book a Small Batch Tour at the Brooklyn Brewery, available Monday-Thursday at 5 p.m.
Heavy Boots of Lead Imperial Stout From Single Cut Beersmiths
19-33 37th St.
Astoria, NY 11105
Head to Astoria, Queens for Single Cut Beersmiths’ seasonal beer, called Heavy Boots of Lead Imperial Stout. Released just in time for winter 2015, this is the beersmiths’ biggest beer ever brewed. Aged for eight months before being released to the public, the beer has hints of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roast. Pair your beer with some grub from the menu, which includes pub favorites like soft pretzels, empanadas, artisanal cheese and meat plates, and more. Visit on a weekend and enjoy a free tour, available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m.
Oren’s Daily Porter From Heartland Brewery
625 8th Ave.
New York, NY 10018
Stop by any of the four Heartland Brewery locations in NYC for an Oren’s Daily Porter. Made with handpicked Sumatran coffee and English and Belgian malt, this local brew has a delicious coffee taste. Check out Heartland Brewery’s website to find which location is nearest you. All of the brewery’s beers are brewed in Fort Greene, Brooklyn at the Taproom, which is also open to the public for tasting. Read more about the Taproom and the tasting room hours online.
Winter Pale Ale From The Bronx Brewery
856 E. 136th St.
Bronx, NY 10454
Make your way to the South Bronx for some of The Bronx Brewery’s Winter Pale Ale. The Winter Pale Ale is brewed with molasses, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Doesn’t that just scream winter? The ale is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Take a tour of the brewery while you’re at it, and enjoy some beer tasting at the tasting room, now open seven days a week! The tasting room is always open late and never closes before 8 p.m.
Winter Lager From KelSo Beer Co
529 Waverly Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Established by a husband and wife team, KelSo Beer Co brews 100 percent handmade craft ales and lagers right in Brooklyn. This winter’s seasonal release is the Winter Lager, made with coffee and chocolate. The taste is dry and clean. Come enjoy your Winter Lager in the company’s new taproom!
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