By Kristi Alexandra
Though the holidays have passed, winter doesn’t officially end until well into March, and nor do the city’s seasonal brews. While it may be too late for that craft beer advent calendar, the seasonal suds are still flowing with these Vancouver-based beers. We suggest you run, don’t walk, to find the following beers in the city before they stop flowing (and most definitely, don’t drive after).
55 Dunlevy Ave.
Bring it in for a classic, with touches so subtle you could drink this all-year-long. Dark, rich malts find themselves in a warming ale with refreshingly minimal spices.
1950 Triumph St.
Broken Resolution Cherry Baltic Porter
Finally, a winter beer that looks beyond December 25th. For when you give up on sober January, grab a hold of Parallel 49’s twist on the classic English Porter. Chocolate, plum, and a bright tart, cherry flavour pop out from a roasted malt base.
Rock The Bells Cranberry Sour
Rock the Bells is a Sour Cranberry Ale that harkens back to your Christmas dinner. A tart, crisp cranberry flavour permeates this brew, which is the perfect accoutrement to any comfort food fare.
1345 Clark Dr.
“Rich, sweet, and with a hint of Red Twizzler” is how Strange Fellows describes their holiday beer named after a European goat-demon meant to scare “bad children” on Christmas. Warm, malty, and hints of chocolate, cherry, and toffee permeate this pale Canadian brew. Trust us, this tastes a lot more delightful than its semi-evil folkloric title would suggest.
1488 Adanac St.
Choqlette Chocolate Porter
If chocolate over the holidays is your weakness, this brew is for you. Tons of cocoa with a toasty black malt take over this beer. Find hints of banana with a healthy amount of yeast, harkening back to the most comforting chocolate chip banana bread you’ve ever tasted.
1441 Cartwright St.
Lions Winter Ale
Vanilla, cocoa, and caramel are the spotlight for the city’s most ubiquitous seasonal beer. Year after year, Granville Island’s Lions Winter Ale gives you the cozy comfort of winter that deserves a spot on your Hygge Pinterest board.
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Reminisce about the oranges in your Christmas stocking by kicking back with this citrusy brew. Freshly peeled mandarin citrus, lemon, and grapefruit punctuate each sip of this winter IPA.
895 E Hastings St.
Brrr! Winter Radler
For those who love the refreshing citrus of holiday flavours with a little less yeast. This winter radler blends beer, fresh cranberry and mandarin juice. Light, effervescent and easy-to-drink – the perfect beer to transition into spring.