Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is one of those elusive, limited beers in Southern California. Lucky for me, I have friends with great beer collections who brought a bottle of the 2011 version of Bourbon County Brand Stout on a brewery tour bus.
This brings me to my favorite brewery, AleSmith and their winter version of YuleSmith. There are two versions of YuleSmith, a summer and winter version. The summer version is an imperial IPA while the winter version is a hoppy American amber ale. Now that it's mid-November, you can find the winter version on shelves and in your local beer bars.
San Marcos craft brewers The Lost Abbey is set to release Merry Taj IPA. It will come as a winter seasonal IPA to be released only in kegs to be found at your local beer bars.
Ballast Point Piper Down is considered a Scottish Ale. This style of beer is typically noted for being less hoppy and more malt centered than most English or American ales. Piper Down is no exception. This is a malt forward beer with very little hop taste.
When this was brought to me with a fantastic space costume on the label, I was excited to experience this intoxicating beverage! The vessel is a 22oz bottle and poured it directly into a large tulip glass. I have had many India Pale Ales, but this is my first India Pale Lager.