Thursday, November 19, 2015

Spruce up the holidays with winter beer options from Powers Distributing Co.

Written by  Paul Starr
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Powers Distributing Co. experts share the best holiday beers to buy this season.
The holidays bring about parties, planning and lots of preparation for the upcoming festivities. What to wear, what to bring – a lot of decisions must be made and the beer experts at Powers Distributing Co. are making at least some of those choices easier, sharing this winter’s top holiday beer selections that are guaranteed to make partygoers heads turn.

Holidays are based on tradition and nothing holds truer to that than Anchor Brewing Anchor Christmas Ale. For the past 41 years the brewery has developed a brand new recipe and handmade label for its Christmas Ale, each one different from the years passed. It’s a dark, rich spiced ale, that pairs well with pumpkin pie or even a full holiday meal and is available until mid-January.

New in town is the Jubelale from Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery. This beer combines flavors of chicory, dried fruit, and toffee notes to make a robust ale with a warming spice finish. Available October to December and has a 6.7 ABV.

Next up and neighbor to the North Pole is the Alaskan Brewing Co. Alaskan Winter Ale. This beer adds spruce tips to the mix and is brewed in the same style as an English-style Olde Ale. It holds a 6.4 ABV and pairs well with a roasted holiday duck.

Looking to taste the best from Michigan? Then consider these Michigan beer options:

  • Griffin Claw Brewing Company’s 3 Scrooges – Brewed in Birmingham, Michigan with honey, orange peel and spices, this winter ale is perfect for the holiday season. It is 6.5 ABV.
  • Saugatuck Neapolitan Milk Stout – Brewed in Saugatuck, Michigan, this milk stout offers a perfect blend of a classic dry stout character with flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry all in one glass – because sometimes ice cream just isn’t enough. It is 6.0 ABV.
  • North Peak Blitzen – Brewed in Traverse City, Michigan, this well-balanced, rich ale that warms the palate and soul, awakening memories of holidays past. Pairs perfectly with cinnamon rolls and carries a 6.8 ABV.

Two other Midwest made beers to try this holiday season include: Akron, Ohio’s Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas and the Leinenkugel Cranberry Ginger Shandy from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The 12 Dogs of Christmas uses toasted and caramel malts mixed with honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and is 8.3 ABV. The Leinenkugel Cranberry Ginger Shandy uses a fresh combination of a traditional wheat beer with natural cranberry flavor and a hint of ginger to complement all the best flavors of the season. The Cranberry Ginger Shandy carries a 4.20 ABV.

For more information, a full list of winter beer styles, food pairings and locations in Oakland and Macomb counties to find your favorite beers, visit

About Powers Distributing Co.

Powers Distributing Co. Inc. is locally-owned and operated company that for four generations has been committed to providing consumers and retailers with expert inventory management of a large selection of the finest products, while ensuring product freshness, accountable marketing and sales, all while promoting the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages and working to maintain a greener, more sustainable environment. With more than 75 years of experience delivering beer, Powers Distributing earned Beverage World magazine’s 2014 Beer Wholesaler of the Year award and the National Beer Wholesaler’s Association’s 2011 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year award. Powers Distributing is located at 3700 Giddings Road, Orion Township, Mich. 48359.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.