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Seasonal Ales

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A little heavier and a little higher in alcohol content, these are the beers you want to warm up with this winter.

The Beers

St. Bernardus Chirstmas Ale  10% ABV  bomber bottle $14  **1/2

A super-charged porter style with holiday flavors

Brasserie du Ciel "Solstice d'Hiver" 10.2% ABV  12 0z. bottle $6  ** 1/2

A barley wine ale with bitter chocolate notes, power

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale  "Fresh Hop IPA"  6.5% ABV  $9 six pack  **

A heavy, full bodied IPA style with lots of body

Family Rue, The Bruery "9 Ladies Dancing"  11.3% ABV $11 bomber bottle ***

A totally rich treat, suitable for dessert

Al Spoler, well known to WYPR listeners as the wine-loving co-host of "Cellar Notes" has had a long-standing parallel interest in cooking as well. Al has said, the moment he started getting serious about Sunday night dinners was the same moment he started getting serious about wine. Over the years, he has benefited greatly from being a member of the Cork and Fork Society of Baltimore, a gentlemen's dining club that serves black tie meals cooked by the members themselves who are some of Baltimore's most accomplished amateur cooks.
As General Partner of Clipper City Brewing Company, L.P., Hugh J. Sisson is among Baltimore's premier authorities on craft brewing and a former manager of the state's first pub brewery, Sissons, located in Federal Hill. A fifth generation Baltimorean, Hugh has been involved in all aspects of craft brewing.