It's November already and it'll be Thanksgiving before you know it. Whether you're visiting the Richmond Region to see family in these cooler months, on business or just for fun, we've got some seasonal beers from local breweries that are sure to warm up your belly. Winter is coming: these 6 #RVAbeers will ease the pain.
When: It's out! But you're gonna have to keep your eyes and ears peeled to find it. What: This is the big one, scoring 100 out of 100 from Beer Advocate in 2012, you'd be hard pressed to find another RVA winter brew with this much hype that lives up to it. People wait in line for hours to be the first owners of GBS. You can probably score some at a Hardywood Winter Court or at a lucky, local pub.
When: November 21 What: You can skip Thanksgiving dessert, Strangeways Tirami'zu is an amazing collaboration that is gonna be all you need. Look at this beer: "In collaboration with the iconic folks from Mamma ‘Zu, edo’s squid, Dinamo & 8 1/2, we sought to sanctify the religious experience of their world class tiramisu as a brew. This luscious porter underwent months of rum barrel aging with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and coffee from local roaster Black Hand. Find out for yourself why the Italian word tiramisù means pick-me-up."
When: It's out! What: Just because it's cold, doesn't mean you need to go with a syruppy stout, you can embrace spices and fruit, like mulled wine, the way Triple Crossing is with this "dry, hugely hop forward beer with an aroma consisting of citrus fruit, resin and pine."
When: December 5 What: COTU seems to love two things: Beer and the Big Lebowski. We fully support both pursuits and will be lining up for this "IMPERIAL MILK STOUT AGED IN RUM BARRELS. TRAVESTY is in a league of its own. Some might say it’s OVER THE LINE, but most dudes agree it’s the best way to close out your game."
When: It's out! What: Get ready for a winterized version of a classic Belgian Witbier (white beer). Legend Winter White starts with a blend of Belgian malts and wheat in the mash for a rich, sweet body and tangy crispness. Spicy hops blend in the boil with coriander and orange peel. During fermentation these flavors combine harmonically with a Belgian Trappist yeast strain (banana, pear bubblegum). The creamy mouthfeel of this unique unfiltered winter warmer pairs well with salads, seafood, poultry and pork dishes.
When: It's out! What: Everything about this, just everything about it: Our Sweet Potato and Sage is a farmhouse-style saison in which the warmth of the sage and the earthiness of the sweet potato blend with the continental malt backbone and subtle hop presence.