On this day in “unknown origin”, the northern hemisphere celebrates the Winter Solstice. Noted as being the shortest day of the year (or darkest), this is officially the first day of winter. Many breweries celebrate the Winter Solstice by drinking or highlighting their dark beers (i.e., “The Parade of Darks” by Wynkoop Brewing Co. in Denver, Colorado).
One of the most appropriate selections of beer is “Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale” by Anderson Valley Brewing. They so perfectly describe their brew as: “Warmth. Our Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale is a hand-crafted “winter warmer” with a deep amber hue and a rich, malty mouthfeel. Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tickle the senses while the smooth, creamy finish will lift your spirits; a perfect beer to share with friends and family during the cold days and long nights of winter.”