Dallas winter weather can be brutal, dipping into the high 40s for hours at a time. Thankfully, our local breweries are up to the task of providing hearty winter seasonals that can get us through these trying weeks.
Peticolas Wintervention is a strong, spiced winter ale that checks in at a healthy 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). This full-bodied ale keeps you warm with a hearty mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger with some good bite.
Franconia Winter Wheat is a dark hefeweizen that surprises drinkers with its sweetness. It's a summer beer disguised in a winter coat, which can be great for those surprisingly warm days we get every now and again. It checks in at more than 9 percent ABV to stay in line with its winter compatriots.
Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer has a rich, full body that makes you feel like you’re in a British pub. Its rich, full body recalls mahogany paneling and surly barkeeps with beards .
Deep Ellum Brewing Co. has the Darkest Hour, an Imperial Rye Stout, to commemorate the winter solstice. Hints of coffee and chocolate that make it pleasant to drink, even at 9 percent ABV. It really is as dark as the December night.
Deep Ellum Festivus is a beer for the rest of us. This dark India Pale Ale has a good bitterness to it, which lends well to the airing of grievances. At 7.5 percent, drink enough of these and you’ll be performing sloppy feats of strength in no time.
Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer is a blanket in liquid form. You feel like you’re in a British pub with this beer, as its rich, full body recalls mahogany paneling and surly barkeeps with beards. At 8.5 percent ABV, it’s no slouch.
Rahr also has the Iron Thistle Scotch Wee Heavy Ale, an 8.5 percent dark ale that took silver at this year's Great American Beer Festival in the Scotch Ale category. This deep and rich ale has a malty and creamy body with low hops.
Firewheel Brewing is currently working on an unnamed brown ale with 5.5 to 6 percent ABV. It has a lightly roasted taste with a hoppy finish and notes of biscuits and caramel. It will be unveiled at the Flying Saucer in Addison, but, until then, it can be sampled during the brewery's Saturday tours.
Block Party Porter from Four Corners Brewing Co. is a robust porter that's smooth and chocolaty with a round, full-bodied malt character. It's got medium bitterness to go with a subdued 6.5 percent ABV. With mild hop flavor and layers of malt, this is the beer that gets people that aren't into "strong beers" into strong beers.
Revolver Brewing has the uniquely named Mother's Little Fracker Stout with 7.75 percent ABV. This little guy has a sweet side to it with notes of roast and chocolate that makes for a smooth drinkability.