Beer Advent Day 23: Winter Ale

weyerbacher winter ale

Brewery:  Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Location:  Easton, PA

Style:  English Brown Ale  ABV: 5.6%

Weyerbacher’s Winter Ale is a must for any malty beer lover. Winner of a Silver Medal in the 1998 World Beer Championships, Weyerbacher Winter Ale is brewed with deep-roasted chocolate malt. The taste predominates with a warm, roasty flavor, balanced out with a slightly dry finish.

Although winter ales predate history, they are believed to have their origin in the pagan celebrations of winter solstice. Later, when monasteries produced the local brew, winter ales were made each year to commemorate the birth of Christ. Back then, winter ales were brewed full-bodied as a source of nutrition for the upcoming winter months. Today, winter ales are typified by their seasonality, their rich, malty flavors and by their deep, dark coloration.

Weyerbacher Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback.  The brewery’s name comes from the original spelling of the Weirback family name used by the first immigrants from Germany about 200 years ago. Phonetically that’s “wy-er-bock-er” or “why-er-bock-er”.

Cheers to this winter libation that may just warm your heart as well!

Advent Reading:  John 1:16-17  The Law, Grace, and Truth

16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
(Joh 1:16-17 ESV)

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