Monday, November 30, 2015

Suds of the Season: 6 Richmond Beer Offerings to Keep You Warm This Winter

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 10:06 AM

While the temperatures drop and holiday insanity seeps into our shortened days, we’re all looking for something that soothes the soul, warms the belly and takes the edge off those obligatory family gatherings. Thanks to our local suds purveyors, you’re covered from black-as-night stout to tastes a little lighter.

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Black Dolphin by Triple Crossing Brewing Co.

10 percent alcohol
Russian imperial stout

For its first Russian imperial stout, Triple Crossing isn’t messing around. Roasty malt with a hint of coffee swirl in the opaqueness that’s topped with a caramel-colored head. Get thee to the tasting room for a chance to snag one of only 250 bottles. The robust libation will also be available on draft alongside several variants, including one made with Black Hand’s Dia De Los Muertos coffee and another with cocoa nibs. Bring a friend and have the Uber app open — this one is big and tasty.

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Dark Rye by Ardent Craft Ales

9.8 percent alcohol
American imperial stout

While the name is unfussy, this is a complex brew whose mysterious flavor comes from the rye. It’s uniquely spicy, pronounced and a perfect partner in crime with roasted malts. Swirl it around in your mouth and you might even detect a touch of bourbon as a slight sweetness emerges at the dry finish.

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Citra Fresh by Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

6 percent alcohol
Citra IPA

Ah, the freshness! Nearly a pound and a half of Citra hops were added at the end of the boil and dominate each barrel of Citra Fresh. By design, the malty backbone is soft and delicate. Meant to be consumed immediately, this IPA is a little taste of sunshine that breaks up the winter to take you back to the days of beach houses and flip-flops.

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Winter White by Legend Brewing Co.

6 percent alcohol
Witbier

Take your average Belgian witbier and imagine it with an extra blast of spicy hops, coriander and orange peel. Hazy golden in appearance with a creamy mouth feel and crisp finish make this one a welcome reprieve for those of you who fear the darkness of seasonal stouts and porters.

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Den by the Answer

9.8 percent alcohol
American imperial stout

The Answer has been cranking out some hoptastic creations since its inception. Heck, brewer Brandon Tolbert took home the Virginia Craft Brewers Cup for best of show for his Larceny IPA earlier this year. Now he’s come to the dark side and that’s a good thing. Den is a rich elixir that finds sweet and smoky flavors balanced with a velvety mouth feel that’s guaranteed to ready you for a long winter’s nap at 9.8 percent. Variations so far have included Cafe Den with Trung Nguyen coffee and Tahitian vanilla beans, as well as Coconut Candy Den with roasted coconut.

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Going Mintal by Isley Brewing Co.

8 percent alcohol
Mint-chocolate milk stout

In collaboration with local beer enthusiasts Ladies of Lager, Isley has pulled off a concoction that combines everything you love about an Andes mint. A silky mouth feel, a hint of menthol and chocolaty goodness combine for a truly delicious brew that tops out at 8 percent thanks to the addition of Dark Belgian Candi Sugar. Perfect for an after-dinner pint or two.

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