Tis the season for winter brews
by Kay Arcuragi
As winter settles in, local brewpubs are rolling out seasonal beers. Mike Maroney at Ann Arbor Brewing Company says that compared to the light and crisp fruit-flavored ales featured in the summertime, winter brews tend to be "bigger bodied, a little bit sweeter, high gravity [alcohol content], and a lot of malt character." ABC recently released its bestselling Terminator Dopplebock, which comes back each year by popular demand.
Each brewery has a set of "house beers" served year-round and a few rotating beers, which change every month or so. Wolverine State Brewery's will roll out a new Belgian-inspired dark beer, "Grand CruZ," around Christmas, joining its offiical seasonal brew, Winter Lager.
Other brews returning to local taps are Grizzly Peak's White Christmas White Ale in mid-December, and their Edwyn's Warm-up Ale in early January. Grizzly Peak's head brewer, Duncan Williams, says his predecessor developed White Christmas, and people have loved it ever since. This year, he's adding a new recipe of his own; if Three Ships Ale Belgian style Tripel proves popular, it may be back next year.
[Originally published in December, 2013.]