Fuller’s Vintage Ale
The annual release of this beer, going back to 1997, is always one to get your hands on. Better yet, stock up for vertical tastings or to see how the beer matures over time. The 2018 version is full of tropical flavors from Olicana hops, making it a bright sipper.
ABV: 8.5% IBUs: 40 Location: London, England
North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale
This is a classic recipe that has long been part of the American craft-brewing fabric. It’s rich and malty and mellows with age. You’ll find toffee and stone fruits mixed with slight vanilla and toasted brown sugar.
ABV: 10.2% IBUs: 34 Location: Fort Bragg, California
Founders Brewing Co. Curmudgeon
This beer has all of the classic flavors you want, but with added sweetness and depth from the addition of molasses and then oak-chip aging. It’s the kind of beer that makes you think of a leather chair near a warm fire on a cold night.
ABV: 9.8% IBUs: 50 Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Great Divide Hibernation
When winter rolls around, this beer makes an appearance. It is more hoppy than the traditional English versions, but that adds an earthy character that boosts up the malt profile, giving your taste buds a little boost against all the sweetness. Comes in a can, making it perfect for après ski.
ABV: 8.7% IBUs: 50 Location: Denver, Colorado