The last Friday before Turkey Day! And it looks like it’s going to be a wet-one. So grab some of your favorite rainy-day beers, a blankie, and stay inside!
What makes a good rainy-day beer? Our favorites include rich and roasty flavors, piny hops, and a high enough ABV to give that lovely warming feeling. Here are three suggestions:
Golden Road Brewing – Burning Bush
We’ve been on the fence about this smoked IPA since it’s rerelease at the end of summer. Now that the weather has cooled off the rich and smoky flavors feel more appropriate. The 8% ABV and 16-ounce cans don’t hurt either!
Stone Brewing Co – Lukcy 13asartd Ale
Sweet and hoppy, this strong ale will warm you up and help fight off that stuck-in-the-house feeling you can get on rainy-days. Stone hadn’t brewed this beer since 2010; it made a surprising return this fall to the delight of the legion of Stone fans. Us included. A blended beer that is greater than the sum of its parts (thanks to some judicious dry hopping) this is our rainy-day choice for the hop-heads!
Firestone Walker Brewing – Anniversary XVI
Another blended beer, this barrel aged treat is just hitting SoCal store shelves and has been getting some rave reviews. If the wet weather brings on a stout craving for you this would be an excellent choice. Though, at $25 a bottle and 13%ABV make it one to savor.
Craftsman Brewing Smoked Black Lager
This one’s kinda a cheat since it is a draught-only release, and we couldn’t find any local venues pouring it right now. It is just too perfect of a rainy-day beer to not mention! Extremely drinkable, subtly smokey, and with a great roast character that stays light a clean. Smoked Black Lager is a great departure from heavier beers for when you’ve made it to the pub, but you don’t want to leave until you’ve had your fill.
Or course many porters, stouts, and barlywines also make for wonderful rainy-day brews; what are some of your favorites?
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