Winter Beers Find Their Season

December 20, 2016

From the blustery Great Lakes to temperate Southern California, winter menus call for special brews.

The word hibernate comes from the Latin hibernare: to spend the winter. That’s the root for the French word meaning to wish for winter, hiver. Hence, the French Canadian brewery Brasserie Dieu du Ciel releases its winter saison, Solstice d’Hiver, around the winter solstice. The same goes for Fantome Hiver, brewed near Liege, Belgium. Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm Brewery is one of the few U.S. breweries to create a winter saison, but there’s no shortage of high-ABV ales to help diners spend the winter.

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