Snow Day Winter Ale

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Snow Day

Winter Ale

In 2003, we had a massive 37-inch snowstorm over two days in Fort Collins. Everything shut down for a couple days – no work, no school, no cars. The only way you could get around was by ski or toboggan. When we began brewing Snow Day, we looked to this one storm for inspiration. The dark characters of the malt bill reflect the dark stormy sky at the beginning of the snowfall. But on the third day, the sun broke through and everything was glorious! The name Snow Day evoked joyful freedom. Everyone remembers waiting for the school report as little kids. When you heard your school was closed, you suddenly had all day to play in the transformed, white landscape. Well, that’s the kind of emotion we put into this beer.

Pleasantly hoppy, Snow Day carries the subtle chocolate and caramel flavors of a new brewing malt known as Midnight Wheat. The Styrian Golding, Centennial and Cascade hops bring the backbone of hoppy bitterness to complement the roasty undertones. This beer is the deep garnet of a roasted walnut and presents a creamy tan head, floating artfully atop. Snow Day is bold and hoppy, drinkable and strong. It reminds you to enjoy the unexpected.
Visual

Deep cinder brown with thick taupe-colored foam and strong lacing, clear

Aroma

Fresh citrus and deep herbal pine notes, sweet chocolatey-caramel malt background

Flavor

Bittersweet grapefruit peel, smooth melted baking chocolate, toasted bread

Mouthfeel/Body

Dry, acrid and slightly chalky – like cocoa powder – with a medium body; finishes surprisingly crisp Medium

ABV

6.2%

IBU

55

Yeast

Ale Yeast Strain

Calories

190

Hops

Styrian Goldings, Centennial, Cascade

Malts

Pale, C-80, Midnight Wheat