Local's Guide to Winter Beers

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With colder months come darker beers and in Virginia Beach we think that’s cause for celebration. Here is our guide to some of our locals’ favorite dark beers for the winter season.

Lynnhaven Coffee and Cream Stout
 



The Brewery

Pleasure House Brewing

The Beer

The powerful aroma of roasted coffee is the first thing you’ll notice on this dark-bodied brew. While coffee also comes through well upon tasting, subtly-sweet notes of creamy vanilla are also present. This is a smooth roast perfect for ay stout-lover.

Local Tip

Enjoy this beer while warming up after a morning boat ride with the whales. It tastes like coffee, so it’s acceptable at any hour.
 

Truce in the Forest

The Brewery

Young Veterans Brewing Company

The Beer

This bottled Imperial IPA, named for a temporary holiday cease-fire between a small group of American and German troops during the Battle of the Bulge, pours a cloudy golden color and is citrusy and earthy on the nose. A light sweetness in taste is followed by the floral hoppyness that IPA lovers will crave.

Local Tip

Share a bottle of this refreshing creation with friends and family over a holiday feast. It pairs especially well with spicy food.
 

Bavarian Brunette



The Brewery

Wasserhund Brewing Company

The Beer

This Dunkelweizen pours a clear brown color and hits the nose with some winter spices and a hint of sweet malt. Faint clove is present upon tasting with a slight caramel sweetness on the end - the perfect winter beer for Hefeweizen lovers.

Local Tip

This beer is perfect after coming in from a brisk hike through First Landing State Park - if there happens to be a little snow on the ground, even better.

 

Eggnog Riot Bourbon Barrel Imperial Cream Ale
 



The Brewery

Commonwealth Brewing Company

The Beer

This tasty play on the traditional eggnog and bourbon cocktail pours a cloudy golden and copper color and has bourbon, creamy vanilla and cinnamon on the nose. The taste is sweet cream and a little booze, with hints of cinnamon and spices shining through. While not nearly as heavy and sweet as its namesake, this beer is Christmas in a glass for beer lovers.

Local Tip

Eggnog Riot pairs perfectly with warm firelight, twinkling Christmas trees and your favorite crooner singing an old favorite in the background. Best to avoid this one if you enjoy the phrase “Bah, Humbug!”

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