Cable Car Brewing Company of Rochester, NY is a brand I’ve only ever come across at Whole Foods. Immediately you’d think this beer is either outrageously expensive or unique as hell, but it’s neither. At least not for the month of December when all of Cable Car’s varieties were on sale for 6 bucks a 6 pack. Of all the decent, but quite normal brews, the Winter Brew is my favorite.
The first sip seems simple, crisp and refreshing, tasting a lot like a sweet pale ale. However, the after taste is what keeps you coming back for more. Hints of warm spices, fitting for this seasonal ale, show up as the carbonation and alcohol slide down your throat. The beer has an almost nostalgic feel to it, the initial crisp bite that cold winter evening I escape from, entering the warming and aromatic hearth-heated home with nutmeg and cloves boiling atop the stove. With a 6.3% ABV, it’s no joke this beer will warm your tired winter body. 7 out of 10, deliciously simple.