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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Tuesday Tasting: Four Seasonal Beers

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we taste four more winter seasonal brews as we head into 2007.

Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale: This reddish brown ale has a nicely developed head that remains throughout. There is a good amount of hops in the beer, but it finishes with a slight sweetness. Good balance.

Goose Island Christmas Ale: This bottled conditioned ale from Chicago has a firm tan head and rich mahogany color. Nicely hopped with more than a hint of nutty flavor. Thanks to Jake Koneman for the personal delivery of a six pack from the north.

Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale: This seasonal was in short supply this winter because of the Asheville, N.C., brewery's move to larger quarters at right about the time this beer is usually made. The beer was a nice copper color, with a good head and rich flavor. Mildly hopped by Highland's standards, this beer displayed hints of sweet spices. A memorable brew.

Mendocino 2006-'07 Winter Ale: This oatmeal stout is a thick brew that starts off with a rocky chocolate colored head. Very smooth with hints of a rich mocha latte. A nice beer to relax with while watching a bowl game.

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