I discovered the Draft Magazine Top 10 Winter Warmer list today (thanks to a tweet from @flyingdog) and, well, I’m a sucker for top 10 lists. The reported top winter warms are:

  1. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
  2. Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout by Port Brewing Co.
  3. Double Dog Double Pale Ale by Flying Dog Brewery
  4. He’brew Jewbelation 12 by Shmaltz Brewing Co
  5. Monk’s Mistress by Midnight Sun Brewing Co
  6. Old Stock Ale by North Coast Brewing Co (which I thought said “Old Sock Ale” the first time I read it and was very disappointed to read that I was wrong…)
  7. Thirteen by Weyerbacher Brewing Co
  8. Alpha King by Three Floyds Brewing Co
  9. Doggie Claws by Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.
  10. and Mephistopheles’ Stout by Avery Brewing Co

Unfortunately I’ve only had one or two of the beers on this list myself (which just means I have more work to do as the days get shorter and colder) so I can’t comment on most of them, but a few beers come to mind that aren’t on the list which should be (Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, for starters). Can you think of anything that should have made the list? Let’s hear it in the comments!



  1. Well, being from Maine as well, I’m partial to Gritty’s Christmas Ale. Geary’s Winter is pretty good, and Shipyard Prelude is at least better than their old winter variety. I’m going to have to try out some of those on the list. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen some of them at Florians in Auburn.

  2. An annual favorite of mine is Anchor Christmas Ale/ Special Ale. Anchor has brewed a different batch every year since 1975, with different ingredients and a different label. It’s hard to go wrong with Anchor.

  3. Just an FYI, I am doing a bunch a research on Winter Warmers Vs Christmas ale and most of the are Christmas beers NOT winter warmers by accumulated definition.

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