2020 Holiday Beer Series

Dec 22, 2020 | New Beers

Now Pouring PCBC Winter Ales

Our three latest creations are crafted with signature Christmas and holiday flavors like roasted cocoa, nutmeg, juniper, and oranges. Get the full details, straight from our brewers, below.

Snow Globe Winter Wit

Notes from the Brewer: We start with a standard Belgian Witbier recipe, then throw in a few twists with the hops and spices. These particular aromatics and flavors trigger memories of Christmas Eve, sitting around a tree, sipping a cup of hot, mulled punch while sweet breads bake in the oven. 

Special Ingredients: Coriander, which is standard for any Belgian Wit, and sweet Orange Peel add zest while nutmeg and clove induce a holiday fruitcake flavor.

We utilized the characteristics of Chinook and Challenger hops, which are piney and spicy. The bitterness creates a nice balance to the hint of Munich Malt added for the biscuit flavor while maintaining a low IBU. 

Cherry Hill Chocolate Stout

Notes from the Brewer: Sweet, rich and fruity – just as you imagine the classic chocolate-cherry cordial to taste. This recipe has both a high original and terminal gravity thanks in part to lactose and maltodextrin. This serves to give it a thicker, creamier mouthfeel which combines with roasted cocoa nibs to be reminiscent of milk chocolate.

Special Ingredients: We roasted cocoa nibs in-house then soaked them in fermenters for as long as necessary to achieve the perfect amount of chocolate flavor. We also relied on a Double Roasted Crystal malt that is known for its Christmas-y flavors: caramel, plum, brown sugar, and dried fruit. This is the perfect dessert to a big holiday dinner.

We roasted large batches of cocoa nibs for our Cherry Hill Chocolate Stout, making our entire brewery smell of fresh baked brownies for a day.

Upcoming: Whidbey Winter Warmer

Notes from the Brewer: This is a holiday take on a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Higher in ABV than a Dubble and darker than Tripel, it’s a high octane beer that will certainly warm the belly with subtle hints of bourbon, rum and candied fruits. Look for this ale in late December!

Special Ingredients: We used Turbinado sugar to a sweet rum flavor. To kick things up a notch, we added a touch of Washington-crafted, brown sugar bourbon. To balance out the sweetness, we add just enough Fuggles and Magnum hops for earthy bitterness.

Snow Globe Winter Wit

Notes from the Brewer: We start with a pretty standard Belgian Witbier recipe, then throw in a few twists with the hops and spices. These particular aromatics and flavors trigger memories of Christmas Eve, sitting around a tree, sipping a cup of hot, mulled punch while sweet breads bake in the oven. 

Notable Ingredients: Coriander, which is standard for any Belgian Wit, and sweet Orange Peel add zest while nutmeg and clove induce a holiday fruitcake flavor.

We utilized the characteristics of Chinook and Challenger hops, which are piney and spicy. The bitterness creates a nice balance to the hint of Munich Malt added for the biscuit flavor while maintaining a low IBU. 

 

Cherry Hill Chocolate Stout

Notes from the Brewer: Sweet, rich and fruity – just as you imagine the classic chocolate-cherry cordial to taste. This recipe has both a high original and terminal gravity thanks in part to lactose and maltodextrin. This serves to give it a thicker, creamier mouthfeel which combines with roasted cocoa nibs to be reminiscent of milk chocolate.

Notable Ingredients: We roasted cocoa nibs in-house then soaked them in fermenters for as long as necessary to achieve the perfect amount of chocolate flavor. We also relied on a Double Roasted Crystal malt that is known for its Christmas-y flavors: caramel, plum, brown sugar, and dried fruit. This is the perfect dessert to a big holiday dinner.

We roasted large batches of cocoa nibs for our Cherry Hill Chocolate Stout, making our entire brewery smell of fresh baked brownies for a day.

Upcoming: Holiday Warmer Ale (official name TBD)

Notes from the Brewer: This is a holiday take on a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Higher in ABV than a Dubble and darker than Tripel, it’s a high octane beer that will certainly warm the belly with subtle hints of bourbon, rum and candied fruits. Look for this ale in late December!

Notable Ingredients: We used Turbinado sugar to a sweet rum flavor. To kick things up a notch, we added a touch of Washington-crafted, brown sugar bourbon. To balance out the sweetness, we add just enough Fuggles and Magnum hops for earthy bitterness.

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