Best Winter Beers In Seattle

December 18, 2015 11:57 AM

In addition to fall, the winter and holiday seasons are prime times of year to find a variety of seasonal, winter beers available at local Seattle breweries and pubs. Winter beers are often crafted to keep you warm on those cold winter days and nights, and also to go perfectly with a variety of holiday meals and desserts. Winter craft beers are generally malty with various added spices, and are therefore bolder tasting than other craft beers. To try the best winter beers Seattle has to offer, stop into any of these breweries and pubs located around the city.
Snow Cap Ale
Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery And Restaurant
1201 First Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 682-3377
www.pyramidbrew.comPyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant was previously named as one of the 10 Best Bars and Restaurants Near an NFL Stadium by USA Today. Pyramid’s Snow Cap Ale is a deep mahogany-colored craft beer that is reminiscent of traditional British winter ales. It’s a full-bodied winter beer that is made with caramel and roasted chocolate malts, along with a pale two-row barley and three different hops. It has a smooth finish, which makes this winter ale one of the best companion beers for the colder weather.

Winter Warmer
Big Al Brewing

9832 14th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 453-4487
www.bigalbrewing.comThe Winter Warmer from Big Al Brewing is another craft beer that’s dark and strong to help warm you during the colder months. It’s hand-crafted with milk chocolate and deep toffee flavors, and has a distinct bitterness. It’s also comprised of three types of hops, Irish ale yeast and a pale malt. It will surely kickstart your holiday season as soon as you taste it.

Festivus Holiday Ale
Black Raven Brewing

14679 N.E. 95th St.
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 881-3020
www.blackravenbrewing.comRedmond’s Black Raven Brewing is a constantly growing brewery that offers the seasonal Festivus Holiday Ale, which took first place in the 2011 Washington Winter Beer Festival People’s Choice Awards. Brewed with the holidays in mind, it features ingredients such as Washington-grown cranberries, a variety of citrus fruit peels, galanga root ginger and other secret spices only the brewer is privvy to. This award-winning ale is also made with five hops variations, a two-row barley and CaraRye malt.

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Bifrost Winter Ale
Elysian Brewing
5510 Airport Way S. (Brewery)
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-0210
www.elysianbrewing.comElysian Brewing Company has been around since 1996 and currently operates a full production brewery, along with four bars/restaurants. Elysian’s Bifrost Winter Ale is a winter pale ale that is golden in color with orange-colored highlights. It’s sweet in smell and reminiscent of caramel apples, with a touch of orange zest and other citrus spices. This craft winter beer is smooth and has a dry finish. It’s also prepared with earthy-style hops such as Chinook, Magnum and Styrian Golding, along with small amounts of pale malts such as Crystal and Munich.

Bonfire Ale
Fremont Brewing
3409 Woodland Park Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-2407
www.fremontbrewing.comFremont Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery that was founded in 2009. Fremont features the wintery Bonfire Ale, which is a dark barley ale that is similar to root beer. It’s created with a variety of malts including chocolate, rye, smoked, white wheat, two-row pale and midnight wheat. Added into the mix are hops such as Goldings and Cascade that provide a bitter finish, as well as spices that give a toasted nut and brown sugar taste.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on