For example, wouldn't it be great if you could recommend to your friends how to serve seasonal craft beers with food?
Rebecca Pray, Vice President of Marketing Town & Country Distributors, came into our ABC 7 Eyewitness News studio to give us tips for that.
Rebecca's Beer Tips:
1. Revolution Eugene | Revolution Brewery, Chicago
Info: A striking, robust porter full of warmth and chocolate malt. Eugene is a robust porter named after Eugene V. Debs, an American union leader and activist who led the Pullman Railroad strike in 1894. An assortment of Belgian specialty malts form a complex structure of toasted grain and caramel flavors. Dark chocolate malt makes this porter black as night and infuses it with its distinct intense, chocolate essence
Pairing: Chocolate Covered Bacon
2. Boulevard Nut Cracker Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City, Mo
STYLE: Christmas Ale
Info: Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard's holiday gift for real beer lovers. This hearty, warming brew is a classic winter ale, deep amber in color with hints of molasses balanced by the "spiciness" of freshly harvested Chinook hops.
Pairing: Egg Nog Cheese Cake
3. Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze | Dogfish Head Brewery Milton, DE
STYLE: Ancient Ale
Info: The backbone of Birra Etrusca comes from two-row malted barley and an heirloom Italian wheat. Specialty ingredients include hazelnut flour, pomegranates, Italian chestnut honey, Delaware wildflower honey and clover honey.
Pairing: Fresh Fruit Tart
4. Sam Adams Merry Maker | Boston Brewing Co, Boston, MA.
STYLE: Gingerbread Stout
Info: The flavor of gingerbread comes alive beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But it's the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that ad a wicked kick to this jolly and playful brew.
Pairing: Coffee or Espresso Ice Cream-Beer Float
5. Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla Porter | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Chippewa Falls, WI.
STYLE: Porter with Vanilla
Info: Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a robust and velvety addition to Leinenkugel's seasonal selection. This porter-style beer is aged on real vanilla to reveal rich layers of caramel, coffee and chocolate that is ideal for the season.
Pairing: Chocolate Cherry Cake
6. New Holland Cabin Fever | New Holland Brewery, Holland, MI.
STYLE: Brown Ale
Info: Cabin Fever is a roasty brown ale and a hearty, comforting companion for long, mind-bending winters.
Pairing: Smoked Cheddar
7. New Belgium Folly Pack | New Belgium Brewing, Ft. Collins, Co
Info: Includes: Fat Tire, Ranger, Abbey, 2 Below