Deschutes Jubelale, on my deck
What's tall, dark and malty and arrives before the holidays? If you answered "winter beers," then pour yourself a glass and settle in for the season.
I poured my first 2007 winter beer a couple of weeks ago. Roasty dark crystal malts (and 6 percent alcohol by volume) warmed me like a pair of luscious longjohns.
Speaking of winter warmers, the Washington Beer Commission's third annual Winter Beer Fest happens Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. More than 30 breweries will pour their bold cold-weather beers. Some will pour Christmas beers past -- so beer-tasters can see how the same beers brewed in different years evolve.
Additional beer tokens will be available at $1.50 each. But don't spend all your money on beer. Save some for ear plugs and deodorant. The festival's being held at Hale's Palladium in Seattle. The joint's noisy and cramped.
Which winter warmers have crossed your lips this year?