Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the beer in Ballard is still delightful!
From Thursday, December 8th through Sunday, December 11th, four Ballard breweries will lift your holiday spirits with Ballard Cheer, a Celebration of Winter Warmers.
Drop by any one of the participating breweries to pick up a free Winter Warmer passport. You’ll receive a stamp for each seasonal brew you drink. Present your passport stamped by three participating breweries at your fourth and final stop, you’ll receive $2 off.
Ballard Cheer offers bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter. Here are the featured seasonal brews:
Lucky Envelope Brewing
Peanut Butter Porter – 8.5% ABV, 42 IBU – is a big, smooth, and delicious sipper. Thomas Fawcett English malts lend flavors of milk chocolate, espresso, and caramel which pair perfectly with an infusion of real peanut butter for a peanut-ty, chocolatey treat. Traditional East Kent Goldings hops provide just enough floral hop bitterness to balance the porter’s higher alcohol. For those with peanut allergies, our Imperial Porter will be available as a tasty substitute.
Wonderland Winter Warmer Imperial Stout – 10.2% ABV, 30 IBU – a reinterpretation of an old classic blending a year old batch of rye whiskey barrel aged Imperial Stout with a fresh, fall brewed batch to create a full-bodied, balanced winter treat. Notes of spicy rye, chocolate and roasted coffee contributed by the complex malt bill combine with the dark fruitiness of dates and plum from Scottish ale yeast. Add to this the tart, dry tannins of barrel aging and smoky, spicy zing of rye and you have a big, robust ale ready to chase away the winter rain.
Reuben Claus – 5.9% ABV, 30 IBU – is an oak puncheon aged porter with cocoa nibs and peppermint. “We aged our award winning Porter on cocoa nibs in oak, and added peppermint at bottling. Enhanced notes of chocolate are offset by festive peppermint. Ho ho ho!”
Happy Merry Belgian Dubbel – ABV 7.7%, IBU 20 – this early winter release will delight your senses and warm your belly. It’s perfect for sipping by the fire or paired with holiday dinners. The yeast comes from a Trappist monastery in Belgium and compliments the many complex Belgian malts used to craft this beer. The resulting elixir has aromas of dark candied fruit and rich malt with balanced esters. You’ll find just a bit of spice from the yeast as well as a depth of richness from dark Belgian candi sugar.
With four days to complete your passport feel free to step back from the hustle and bustle of the season and slowly savor a new holiday tradition in Ballard.