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HONEST PINT: NEW ENGLAND WINTER BEER GUIDE

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Keep warm, give back, and get your winter beer fix with these tips from Honest Pint.

THREE BEERS THAT WILL KEEP YOU WARM

MYSTIC BREWERY
DAY OF DOOM | QUAD | 12% ABV

Though Mystic’s first quad comes out to be 12
percent ABV, you’d be hard-pressed to pick up
on the burning alcohol heat. What you will
find are notes of dark fruit—cherries, figs, and
plums—and sweet, rich malts. Pick one up to
drink now, and grab another one for the cellar.

RISING TIDE BREWING COMPANY
URSA MINOR | WEIZEN STOUT | 6.7% ABV

Portland’s Rising Tide, who started distributing their
solid lineup of beers in Massachusetts earlier this fall,
knows a thing or two about hearty, roasty beers. Their
Ursa Minor is a wheat stout—made with a wheat-beer
yeast and a base of malted wheat—which adds some
sweet esters to the roasty, coffee notes.

MAYFLOWER BREWING COMPANY
MAYFLOWER PORTER | 5.5% ABV

Mayflower’s porter is the kind of warming
winter beer that’s hearty but drinkable—easy
enough to put back a few of after skiing,
sledding, or snowman making. Robust,
roasty, and smooth, it’s one of my favorite
winter fridge beers.

TWO WAYS TO DRINK AND GIVE BACK 

HARPOON HELPS: GRATEFUL HARVEST ALE

Between their Harpoon Helps Spread Holiday Cheer Program, where volunteers decorate shelters and soup kitchens, and their annual Grateful Harvest Ale release, Harpoon gets it: Drinking beer and doing something good don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

The Grateful Harvest Ale, a cranberry autumn ale, is one easy way to get involved—for every six pack sold, they donate a dollar to the food bank closest to where it was purchased; this year they expect to raise $35,000 for local food banks. It doesn’t hurt that the cranberry-tinged, slightly tart and bitter 5.9 percent ABV ale is good to drink too.

Harpoon Helps

MEADHALL’S 12 BREWERS OF CHRISTMAS

Kendall Square’s mammoth beer bar, Meadhall, will be hosting a 12 days of Christmas celebration in support of Toys for Tots—just replace partridges and pear trees with beer. For the 12 nights leading up to the big event on December 19, they will be tapping a keg from one of twelve breweries, with all of the keg’s proceeds going to Toys for Tots.

Then, for the grand finale, they’ll be turning over all 110 of their taps to participating breweries (like Allagash, Dogfish Head, and Smuttynose), plus they’ll be holding a silent auction of “brewers baskets” and rare bottled beer, plus they’ll be pouring 10 limited-release beers from the breweries at the event. All you need do is give a toy or a $10 donation.

[Wed 12.19.12. Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge. 7pm-10pm/21+/$10 donation or a toy of equal value. @Meadhall. themeadhall.com]

ONE WAY TO GET YOUR WINTER BEER FIX

DRINK CRAFT BEER FALL TO WINTER FEST

Just by the numbers, Drink Craft Beer’s winter-themed beer fest is impressive: 25 New England breweries bringing 85 beers, many of them cold-weather styles (think porters, stouts, quads, and strong ales).

Then you get to the details like their official fest beer that they made in collaboration with Peak Organic, the Nut Your Average Ginger, a harvest brown ale made with a chesnut puree and local ginger, honey, hops, and malt, and that Mei Mei Street Kitchen will be serving a Fest Mac & Beer Cheese. In short: This is where you’ll want to be.

[Fri 11.30.12-Sat 12.1.12. The Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston. Fri 6pm-9:30pm, Sat 1pm-4:30pm, 6pm-9:30pm/21+/$45. @drinkcraftbeer. drinkcraftbeer.com/falltowinterfest]

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