This is as tough a week as any you’re likely to face in 2013. The long holiday run is behind us, and the next time your office is scheduled for a day off is in May - five months from now. Plus, it’s still cold out there (not “normal people” cold but, c’mon, it’s L.A.), and spring has yet to sprung. Thankfully, there’s a beer for that.
Well, many beers in fact. The idea of brewing special beers to commemorate holidays, anniversaries and cold-weather seasons is as old as the brewing tradition itself, and over the years an array of seasonal ales have come to be defined in their own sub-genre. While not entirely inclusive, terms like “winter warmers” and “old ales” generally contain the sort of malty, bready caramel and spice notes that do more than just quench your thirst during the winter months. These are beers that warm you from the inside out, with higher alcohol levels than summertime lagers and simpler ales. Plus, they often evoke the aromas of the season, with yeasts, dried fruits and smooth, sometimes syrupy flavors emanating from their dark and heady pours.
One such spiced old ale is the Jubilee from Eagle Rock Brewery.
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