Beer and Cheer: Snowbound Ale

Craft breweries in Colorado and around the country make seasonal beers all year round, but my favorites come out in the fall. I call them holiday, or Christmas, beers. Often dark and with a higher percentage of alcohol, these big beers are the bad boys of the microbrewery world. Colorado makes some of my favorites, but there are many out-of-state beers available on liquor-store shelves as well. Over the next ten days, I'll lay out the best of the best. My first review is below. Cheers! -- Jonathan Shikes

Snowbound Ale

Left Hand Brewing



This beer tastes like the holidays feel and smell, of butter and brown sugar, nutmeg and allspice and cloves, pumpkin pie and gingerbread and pine trees. You could almost serve it warm with a cinnamon stick, but it's much better cold by a raging fire. Although the malts and hops are somewhat muted behind the honey and spice, Snowbound makes up for it with a creamy texture and rich, dark color. Left Hand makes Colorado winters proud.

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