BC Craft Breweries Release Over 100 New Beers This Winter On BC Ale Trail

This winter, beer lovers can enjoy over 100 sudsy drinks inspired by the season, thanks to talented craft brewing teams across BC. With unmistakably festive flavors that include juniper, cinnamon, cocoa, and eggnog, these winter beers are often a bit darker and stronger, making them ideal for colder, darker days.

Although the list is long (check out our blog for an expanded list of recommendations), BC Ale Trail has rounded up some suggestions for holiday-themed beers, and a spiced cider, launching this December.

Belgian Winter Rations Quad (9% ABV) from Barkerville Brewing in Quesnel

Strong, bold, and surprisingly smooth, this Belgian Quad pours a reddish-brown hue, with notes of caramel, raisins, and dried fruit.

Quesnel’s Barkerville Brewing can be found in the Northeast BC Ale Trail.

Barrel-Aged Kindling Imperial Stout (10% ABV) from Cannery Brewing in Penticton

The base beer for this special limited release is a large, malty stout brewed with coffee from Seis Cielo Coffee, chocolate, oats, coconut, and lactose. It was then aged in Okanagan Spirits’ Laird of Fintry whiskey casks.

Cannery Brewing can be found at the Penticton Ale Trail.

Juleøl (6% ABV) from Howl Brewing in North Saanich

This style dates back to the Viking Age, when farmers were required by law to brew this beer for their farm each Christmas. Like Sahti and other Scandinavian beers of yore, this full-bodied dark ale is filtered through juniper branches with additions of yarrow.

Howl Brewing can be found on the Victoria Ale Trail.

Into the Woods Black Forest Imperial Stout (8% ABV) from Locality Brewing in Langley

Like the cake that inspired it, this stout stout has bold notes of chocolate balanced with a hint of cherry. The cocoa nibs lend themselves to the rich body of this beer and the lactose allows for a smooth mouthfeel to finish off each sip. A barrel-aged wine version (9% ABV) is also available.

Locality Brewing can be found at the Langley Ale Trail.

Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream Stout (6.5% ABV) from Longwood Brewery in Nanaimo

This is a decadent winter treat with drops of sweet chocolate, dollops of vanilla, and lots of creamy lactose. South American cocoa nibs and pure vanilla extract were added to enhance the rich flavors, from the first sip to the long, rich finish.

The Longwood Brewery can be found in the Vancouver Island Ale Trail Part II.

Eggnog Cream Ale (8% ABV) by Moody Ales & Co. in Port Moody

Definitely not your grandmother’s punch. Wheat and oat malts create a mouthfeel as fluffy as freshly fallen snow. Sweetened with lactose and vanilla, and warmed with nutmeg, the sophisticated notes of dark rum tie all the flavors together in a spirited bond.

Moody Ales & Co. can be found on the Port Moody Ale Trail.

First Frost Spiced Cider (8% ABV) from Persephone Brewing at Gibsons

Water restrictions forced Persephone to stop brewing for a few weeks this fall, but instead of shutting down completely, they pivoted to making this cider! A strong beer made with 100% BC apples and a unique blend of winter spices, it’s the perfect match for the holiday season.

Persephone Brewing can be found at the Sunshine Coast Beer Trail.

63 in Dog Years Imperial Czech Pilsner (8.7% ABV) by Three Ranges Brewing in Valemount

Cheers to nine years of brewing at this pioneering Northern British Columbia brewery run by Rundi Anderson and Michael Lewis. This tasty Bock-style Imperial Pilsner is a great way to celebrate!

Three Ranges Brewing can be found on the Northeast BC Ale Trail.

Double Black Diamond Double Dry-Hopped IPA (6% ABV) from Trench Brewing in Prince George

This concoction is completely dry with little bitterness and high carbonation creating a champagne-like finish on the palate. Dry-hopped with two rounds of Sabro and Idaho Gem hops for a tropical nose with strong notes of lychee and mandarin orange.

Trench Brewing can be found on the Northwest BC Ale Trail.

Anniversary Winter Warmer (7% ABV) from Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert

During the dark winter days on the Northwest Coast, you can feel a chill that goes down to your bones. This anniversary winter beer was brewed with breaded malts and English brewer’s yeast, then conditioned with coffee and cocoa nibs for added Christmassy spirit and warmth.

Wheelhouse Brewing can be found at the Northwest BC Ale Trail.

Lump o’ Coal Dry Irish Stout (4.8% ABV) from Wildeye Brewing in North Vancouver

Wildeye used activated charcoal to add depth and complexity to this completely dry Irish Stout. It opens with a dry, traditional feel and then finishes with a malted chocolate backbone for a fun twist on a true classic.

Wildeye Brewing can be found at Vancouver’s North Shore Ale Trail.

To see the full list of seasonal beer releases and where to find them in your neighborhood, visit our blog. Looking for a special gift? This Season for Giving blog post is packed with ideas for craft beer lovers.

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