Winter Warmers

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!

Winter Shoot with snow.jpg

It’s a good thing we have an array of beers, ciders, and spirits ready to warm our bones and heat up the night. Photo by Quentin Bacon

The theme behind this snowy gathering is pretty straightforward: You’re going to Tahoe or Bear Valley for a weekend of snow-bound fun. What to enjoy after a long day of hitting the slopes? (Which, if you saw us skiing, would literally be us hitting the slopes. Hard.)

Whether to consume with your friends in your cabin hideaway or sip by the fire with your special partner in the resort’s main lodge, these eleven bottles of liquid warmth will make you forget all about your frozen fingers and numb toes.

Outside, let it snow, let the cold winds blow,
So come inside, where the good times flow!

Cherrywood Rye Whiskey (48% ABV)
Sonoma County Distilling Company, Rohnert Park
www.sonomacountydistilling.com
Distiller’s goal was to create a whiskey that tasted like a classic Manhattan. Mission accomplished.

John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale (11.4% ABV)
Mad River Brewing, Blue Lake 
www.madriverbrewing.com

High ABV plus cinnamon and cloves and caramel goodness. Sweetens as it warms.

Golden State Vodka (42% ABV)
Bay Area Distilling Co., Brentwood
www.bayareadistilling.com
Distilled from 100% Northern California corn, this desceptively crisp, clean vodka has little if no bite.

Barrel-aged Old Rasputin XX (11.1% ABV)
North Coast Brewing, Fort Bragg
northcoastbrewing.com
Limited release stout aged in bourbon barrels. Bring this out to make your beer friends jealous. Then share to make them happy again.

Moylan’s Imperial Stout (10.0% ABV)
Moylan’s Brewing, Novato
www.moylans.com
Warming malt with hints of dark chocolate and coffee make this perfect for sipping fireside.

Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale (7.9% ABV)
21st Amendment, San Francisco
www.21st-amendment.com
A classic, warming strong ale given just the right blend of spices to give it a warm, dark edge.

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale (6.9% ABV)
Anderson Valley, Boonville
www.avbc.com
Low enough in ABV that you can take a break from the slopes and enjoy this with a leftover turkey sandwich and slice of pumpkin pie.

Gowan’s 1876 Heirloom Cider (5.7% ABV)
Gowan’s Ciders, Philo
www.gowansheirloomcider.com
Best served in wine glasses, this farm-to-table cider pairs well with a layered cheese plate.

Barbary Coast Coffee (10% ABV)
Almanac Brewing, San Francisco
www.almanacbeer.com
Brewed with oak staves, sea salt, chili, cacao nibs and coffee, this is a great after-party, wind down by the fire selection.

Black Robusto (6.3% ABV)
Drake’s Brewing Co., San Leandro
www.drinkdrakes.com
Brewed to withstand the chilly Bay Area fog, this amped up porter will warm any and all that are snowbound and thirsty.

Damnation (7.5% ABV)
Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa
www.russianriverbrewing.com
Curse the cold and welcome the warmth with a beer inspired by strong Belgian golden ales. A somewhat fruity bouquet balanced with a spicy finish sets this aside for the dessert table.