Goodbye, pumpkin beer season. Hello, smoky beer central. The colder months are the perfect time to try out bold and smoky beverage options. Previously made by heating malted barley over wood fires, the process of producing smoky beer is now a more refined operation by brewers.
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It’s a unique flavor compared to other products on the market; however, if your taste buds are up for the challenge, we recommend stepping outside your beer comfort zone. Here are five smoky beers perfect for cozying up by the fire—at least until Christmas ale season rolls around.
Bourbon whiskey ingredients are smoked with cherry wood and then brewed into a stout to produce this beer. If that’s not enough smoke for you, the beer is also aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels.
This smoked wheat ale gives off a deep and smoky aroma. Nutty and woody malt flavors come through with each sip but are not overwhelming.
Crafted with Alaskan alderwood-smoked malt, this beer is made in limited amounts every year and was released on November 1.
Nutty chocolate? Why not? Bold flavors and cherry wood smoke are prevalent, while hops are kept on the down low.
This beer is brewed with a killer combo of malted barley and hardwood smoked malt, and lays claim to the title of “house favorite” of the brewers who make it.