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What I’m drinking


November is a transition month.

The weather is changing and in flux, your race calendar is winding down, and you start shifting the types of beers you’re drinking. One day it’s 60 degrees and the next day snow flurries show up. One moment you’re drinking an IPA and the next a stout.

In the first half of this month I’ve geared up my bike (fenders, new lights, etc.) for winter commuting, won a turkey at a local 5K for the last race my list for 2012, and invested in a load of beer for cold weather.

I’m ready. Here’s what I’m drinking. Bring it, November.

Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout by Green Bay Brewing Company

This is the type of beer you can drink after Thanksgiving dinner. The coffee bean flavor and aroma coupled with the alcohol has an almost warm and comforting effect. Replace your after-meal decaf and you’ll have the added bonus of being able to deal with your family a little bit easier.

Double Chocolate Stout by Rogue Ales

The name says all you really need to know. STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING and drink this beer now. No really, just do it. Do it now.

Celebration Ale (2012) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

This brightly hopped ale is a refreshing post-workout option, and has a festive Christmas-y feel.

Samuel Adams Third Voyage by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

On the other end of the IPA spectrum, this is a heavy imperial/double IPA (and 8 percent ABV) suited for a Friday night staying in.

Cane and Ebel by Two Brothers Brewing Company

I discovered this beer when I was down in Chicago for a bachelor party, and I could have stuck to this one style all night. The Warrenville, Illinois brewer’s version is one of the best rye beers I’ve sampled.

Proper by Furthermore Brewing

I’m always surprised (in a good way) by what this Spring Green brewery comes up with. This is an easy drinking English pale ale, but has malty and caramel hints that make it a fitting beginning-of-winter beer.

Snow Day by New Belgium Brewing Company

This beer born out of a (surprise) snow day in Fort Collins is malty and chocolatey like you’d expect from a winter beer. But it’s also slightly hoppy to balance things out – just like the month of November itself.

Photo courtesy of New Belgium 


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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