Despite its challenges, this year has been filled with plenty of unexpected blessings, including our favorite new crop of holiday craft beers. Try out these malts on your next beer run.
MadTree Brewing’s “Thundersnow”
A “thundersnow,” an unusual type of a winter thunderstorm in which snow falls much like rain, is rare but luckily for us, MadTree’s version isn’t. This Spiced Scottish Ale is the perfect combination of ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon set off by the malty sweetness of chocolate and chocolate rye.
3301 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 836-8733, madtreebrewing.com
Braxton Brewing Co.’s “Road Trip”
Don’t be fooled—“Road Trip” may be an escape from your typical seasonal flavors but it works for winter all the same. This Berliner Weisse is a simple grain bill body that balances the acidity and sour of fresh pineapple—it’s a light-spirited counterpoint to the heaviness of holiday bites.
331 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine; 27 W. 7th St., Covington, braxtonbrewing.com
Fibonacci Brewing Company’s “Bonk”
Fibonacci truly gives it all they’ve got with their bold combinations. A traditional American Brown Ale, “Bonk” (cycling lingo for “hitting the wall”) is blended with lactose and oatmeal for a smooth balance to the coffee aroma. Fun fact: the coffee grounds are from local coffee shop Deeper Roots Coffee House.
1445 Compton Rd., Mt. Healthy, (513) 832-1422, fibbrew.com
Rhinegeist Brewery’s “Dad”
Marketed as the quintessential “dad brew,” this Rhinegeist special delivers the holidays in a can. Its strong malty flavor is “hopped” up on flavors of pine, resin, and citrus with hints of caramel. Use the brewery’s beer tracker to find out where you can pick up a six-pack of your own.
1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-1367, rhinegeist.com
March First Brewing’s “Irish Red”
Three words can describe this Red Ale: toffee, toasty, and floral. This “well-rounded” beer balances the hardiness of a malt with the creaminess of copper hues for a smooth taste. Don’t miss the slight spicy notes of noble hops.
7885 E. Kemper Rd., Sycamore Twp., (513) 718-9173, marchfirstbrewing.com