While you may be perpetually late, for the most part -beer is ahead of schedule. The winter ales are headed you’re way. A popular English winter ale just made it’s 2010 visit – Sam Smith’s Winter Welcome. Sam Smith is based in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England. The brewery was established in 1798.
Throughout history, beer of somewhat higher alcohol and richness has been enjoyed for the winter holidays, when old friends get together to enjoy the season. Wassail, a festival to celebrate winter and the beer that goes with it, predates the Christian era. Winter Welcome is vintage-dated with a special label each year. Serve in a traditional tankard for the holidays.
Style: Winter Warmer
Taste Expectations: Dark sweet malts – flavors of caramel, toffee & spices. Perhaps a touch of brown sugar. Grassy, muted malts.
Food Pairings: Roast goose, smoked turkey with oyster dressing, rack of lamb, candied yams, Smithfield hams, fresh pears and apples, Christmas cake.
Availability: 12oz bottles. 18.7 oz “Victorian Pint” bottles. Top foiled. Winter seasonal