It’s Friday. Fr-Fr-Friday! I’m ready for Friday. It’s been a super long week (how is it that a day that had a holiday in it can seem longer than a normal week?). Know what’s awesome about Friday? Friday Five with Courtney, Cynthia and Mar AND a beer. I know today’s topic is “Cold Weather Running Tips”. I’m pretty sure I’ve covered that sufficiently now. (Don’t believe me? Let’s see… “How to run outside this winter” “How to stay active during the Holidays” “Tips for training through the winter” Yep, covered.)
So, let’s talk about another way to survive the winter. Beer. I always like to talk about beer. In fact, yesterday I went to Wegman’s and was so overwhelmed by the whole place that the only thing I bought was, you guessed it, beer.
1. Sweet Baby Jesus – This chocolate peanut butter porter from DuClaw is currently at the top of my beer list. It’s like dessert in a beer bottle. My parents love it to and keep asking me to get more. And there are so many inappropriate jokes one can make about the name. I am thankful to one of the ladies of the DC Trifecta for showing me the light at ZOOMA.
2. Starr Hill Boxcarr – This pumpkin porter is AMAZING. Seriously amazing. I’ve been a fan of Starr Hill since they opened down in Charlottesville and they have many beers that do not disappoint. But this is one of my favorites that I look for each year. I tend not to like most pumpkin beers, but porter with a hint of pumpkin and spices works for me.
3. Alaskan Pumpkin Porter – I first had an Alaskan beer on our honeymoon in Juneau, Alaska. This discovery led to many years of shipped beer to the tune of, umm, a lot of money. Recently, Alaskan Brewery started distributing in Wisconsin. Why Wisconsin, and not Virginia? I don’t know. Anyways, now that my parents can get their beers, I’ve gotten to try a lot of their selection. This year we got to try the Alaskan Pumpkin Porter for the first time, and while it will not replace my love for the Alaskan Smoked Porter, it’s a tasty beer.
4. Port City Porter – This and Leffe Brune are what I consider our “house beers”. This is one of the few dark beers that I can usually find year round. If one had to define porter as a style, this is the beer you would find. It’s got a nice deep coffee and chocolate flavor and is just an all around excellent beer!
5. Mad Fox Wee Heavy – I love this beer so much that I followed the brewer to every brewpub he was at until he opened his own brew pub about 3 years ago. This is the beer I loved so much that I helped brew it. It’s also the beer that I may have bought more than my fair share of when they bottled it for the first time. And when they age it in bourbon barrels? Well, they totally had me at hello. The only reason I’m listing it at number 5 is that you can only get it at the brewpub and it’s not on tap year round (despite my asking Bill Madden to always have it on tap for me.)
There you have it. My favorite dark beers that will keep you toasty warm this winter. The best part is that with the exception of the Alaskan beer, they are all brewed within a couple of hours of my house. #drinklocal when you can! Soon, though, they’ll have to make room for the 16 different holiday beers I’ve already bought. Yeah, I know, I’m a beer hoarder.