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Frosty Weather, Frosty Brews

Gather round, beavers, tree-huggers, termites and other lovers of lumber, to delectate upon these wintery, wood-aged beers. In honor of this cool and wet weather we’re experiencing here in LA, I’d like to present you with a few unusual winter-flavored beers.

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron is a dark “malt beverage” from Delaware treated in Paraguayan palo santo wood—10,000-gallon brewing vessels that are the largest built since Prohibition. The head is practically non-existent, revealing a beer that is as black and forbidding as pitch. Deep, deliciously liquorous flavors of wax, tar, resin, lacquer and with 12% alcohol content this beer is pure evil.

And if you love oak, Firestone Double Barrel Ale is your beer. This flagship ale from Firestone-Walker is put through the brewery’s unique “union,” a replica of the barrel brewing systems once common in Burton-on-Trent in England. The barrel-maturation lends delicious vanilla notes while toning down the hopsiness.

The wood-aging of these two beers pairs well with smoky foods. Enjoy with grilled pork chops or swordfish.

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