Canned Reasons to Enjoy the Season

By Russ Phillips

 Who says cans are only for warm weather outdoor activities? Plenty of craft breweries are canning beers that make for a perfect ending to a day on the slopes by the fireplace. CraftCans.com shares a few canned winter beers to make your season bright.

Abominable Ale | Fremont Brewing Company | Seattle, WA

Released: December
Style: Winter Warmer

Fremont Brewing unleashed a fury of cans during the latter half of 2012 and that includes this 8% beauty. Malty sweet with roasted/toasted notes and dark fruit flavors.

Abominable Winter AleAbominable Winter Ale| Hopworks Urban Brewery | Portland, OR
Released: November
Style: American Strong Ale

This mythological beer emerges from our brewery every winter. Made with Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops and six organic malts. “A-bomb” has a complex floral, spicy and citrus hoppiness, backed up by just the right amount of malty sweetness. If you’re curious, the artwork on the can was done by Portland artist Martin Ontiveros.

Aloha B’ak’tun | Maui Brewing Company | Lahaina, HI
Released: December
Style: Belgian-style Stout

Another new canned offering coming soon from the good folks on Maui is Aloha B’ak’tun, which is brewed with chocolate, roasted malt and chipotle. This beer was originally made to commemorate the Mayan “maybe-end-of-the-world,” but is also a tasty way to celebrate the world not ending too!

Christmas AleChristmas Ale | Upslope Brewing Company | Boulder, CO
Released: December
Style: Winter Warmer

This beer pours ruby red with a thick off-white headstand that laces the glass with every sip. The aroma of the Upslope blend of holiday spices complements the dark fruit and spicy notes from the Abbey Ale yeast. These notes then carry through to the flavor of this medium bodied ale. The distinctive holiday aroma, ruby red color and rich malt flavor make this ale perfect for spreading holiday cheer.

DieselDiesel | Sixpoint Brewery | Brooklyn, NY
Released: November
Style:  Stout

Sixpoint’s dark, rich and hoppy winter brew is back in time for the cold months ahead. The folks at Sixpoint say that this “undefinable black brew is part black IPA, part American Stout, but 100 percent Diesel powered. Robust chocolate and roasted flavors, with thick pine hop flavor and aroma.”

Hibernal Vinifera StoutHibernal Vinifera Stout | Ska Brewing Company | Durango, CO
Released: December 21
Style: Foreign Export Stout

The second release in Ska’s “Seasonal Stout Series” is an oak-aged foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grapes. In keeping with the series’ equinox/solstice release dates, this one arrives just in time for the longest night of the year.

Phantom Punch Winter StoutPhantom Punch Winter Stout | Baxter Brewing Company | Lewiston, ME
Released:  November
Style: Foreign Export Stout

Named for the Muhammad Ali “phantom punch” that took place in the brewery’s hometown of Lewiston, Maine, this rich stout has nice hints of both coca and vanilla.

Rail Slide Imperial Spiced AleRail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale | SanTan Brewing Company | Chandler, AZ
Released: November
Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

SanTan’s first seasonal release is also the first seasonal canned craft beer for the state of Arizona.

Sly Fox Christmas AleSly Fox Christmas Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company Location | Pottstown, PA
Released: November
Style: Winter Warmer

Sly Fox’s Christmas Ale packs a load of warm spicy notes and you’ll definitely be thinking gingerbread after a few sips.

Winterfest | Sockeye Brewing Company | Boise, ID
Released: November
WinterfestStyle: English-style Strong Ale

Winterfest is one of two new cans from Sockeye Brewing this season. This limited release, served up in tall boys, is a big, malty brew that should combat the cold and snow of an Idaho winter quite well.

Winter Solstice | Anderson Valley Brewing Company |  Boonville, CA
Released: December
Style: Winter Warmer

Winter SolsticeThe cold weather companion to their popular Summer Solstice is back. AVBC’s winter brew has some nice spicy notes that go well with the holidays and so do the cans—just empty a few and add them to the tree.


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When Russ Phillips isn’t working on CraftCans.com he is holding down a 9-5 job that isn’t beer related and spending time with his wife, young daughter and two dogs in Western MA.