Friday, November 30, 2012

Food & Beer Friday :: A winter ale.

Even though the weather here in North Carolina is unpredictable as ever (high 60s-70s this weekend after low 50s this week), I'm still focusing on seasonal winter beers.  I haven't showcased a local NC brew recently, and it was past due!

I liked the Cold Mountain way more than I was anticipating!  Sorry Boston friends, I enjoyed it more than the Winter Warmer.  I could certainly taste the hops, and I enjoyed having them to balance the spices.  Highland Brewing (located in Asheville for you North Carolinians) says that the spices vary from year to year depending on available, best quality ingredients.  Think vanilla & hazelnut!  Fun fact: This beer is named after an actual NC mountain peak!  I enjoyed this beer so much that I really want to go out and get a six-pack!  Now if only I had that fireplace to curl up beside...

I paired this beer with a left over black bean burger on a bed of greens topped with guac & an easy fried egg!  That's my kind of comfort food (and drink)!



Alex Byer said...

Better than Winter Warmer?! I'll have to give it a shot ;)

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

If it's even better than the winter warmer I definitely want to try it! We only get Highland on tap sometimes at our pub, but I'll check for it tonight!

Jo said...

Why do you always have to make me so hungry?
Since I happen to live very close to Asheville, I can tell you that pretty much all bars and pubs around here keep Highland beers on tap.

Unknown said...

I'm so excited for wintery beer! I wonder if I can find that brew out here

Anonymous said...

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