Georgia Winter Seasonal Beers 2016

After some much-needed rain, Georgia is experiencing it’s first cold weather of the season.

Last week it dropped down into the 20s here in Georgia, and even though we will still see plenty of days where temperatures reach the high 60s, people have already unpacked the heavy coats, and that means winter has officially arrived. In Georgia, we are lucky to have only mild, short winters. Most days the mornings are cool and you bundle up with a jacket only to shed it off for a couple of hours in the mid-afternoon sun. Also, if it snows (even just a little) we shut down everything for days!

So with the arrival of winter, it feels like the perfect time to do a quick post on Georgia Winter Seasonal Beers to look out for this season. As I’ve said before, one of the best parts about being in the craft beer industry is looking forward to all the new and classic brews that are released every season. Even though our winters are weak doesn’t mean our local Georgia winter seasonal beers are. Look out for one of these tasty brews the next time you’re out.

Winter Fall Seasonal Brews

  • SweetWater Festive Ale – Strong Ale
    • November – December
    • 8.3% ABV
    • Available on draft and in bottles

Georgia Winter Seasonal Beers

*Another delicious seasonal from SweetWater that I’ve enjoyed for several years. This year has plenty of cinnamon notes with a strong malt backbone and chocolate aromas. Learn more about it here.

  • Southbound Brewing Moon Light Drive – Imperial Coffee Stout
    • Winter Release
    • 8.0% ABV
    • IBUs 70
    • Available on draft and in cans

*I haven’t had a chance to try the beer this year, but the 2015 release was very good. I’m really looking forward to finding this on draft somewhere local and having a few pints. Learn more about it here.

  • Second Self Olde Oyl – Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout
    • Winter Release
    • ABV 10%
    • IBUs 65
    • Available on draft only

*A new beer from Second Self Beer Co. Their website says it’s on deck for the winter months and it pairs well with prime rib and french onion soup. Sounds good to me, can’t wait to try! Learn more about it here.

  • Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy – Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown Ale
    • Winter Release
    • 8.2 ABV
    • 40 IBUs
    • Available in 750ml and on draft

*Another beer I haven’t tried, but since brown ales are one of my favorite beers styles, and this brown ale is aged in bourbon barrels… This seems like a win-win for me. Learn more about it here.

  • Red Hare Brewery – Berry Belgian Waffle
    • Winter Release
    • ABV 7.9%
    • IBUs 12
    • Available in cans and on draft

*Another new beer from Red Hare out of Marietta, GA. This Belgian Ale seasonal is brewed to produce the tastes of waffles and syrup and is also made with over 2000 lbs of blueberries per batch. I can’t wait to try this one on a cold night! Learn more here.



Looks like I need to make a trip to the beer store and get my hands on a few of these. Stay tuned for my brew reviews on some of these, and, maybe, a part 2 to Georgia Winter Seasonal Beers post.

– Drink Up, SlyePup

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