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Hinterland Winterland

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Hinterland Winterland

It was inevitable.

The weather may have been chilly at times in December, but it had been a mild winter. That is until January arrived and with it came the first major snow falls of the season. I was actually enjoying having a mild winter for a change. Not having to deal with shoveling and driving in slow traffic with slippery conditions was rather nice. Alas, I knew it was not meant to last.

Winter has finally arrived! One of the great things about living in Wisconsin, a state that has four definitive seasons, is also being able to truly appreciate seasonal beers meant for each type of weather.

Hinterland Winterland is an American Porter brewed with juniper berry. This is a 7.5% abv robust porter, that’s meant to be enjoyed during the cold winter months. The beer pours black in color with some slight amber highlights on the bottom and a tan head. The nose consists of cocoa, sweet chocolate powder, raisins, and juniper. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Initial flavors of roasted malt and dark fruit appear on the first sips. A closer examination reveals the juniper berry midway and it leads into a long, dry finish. Burnt malt and dark chocolate are also tasted towards the back.

Hinterland Winterland is produced by the Green Bay Brewing Co. At the brewery there is an attached restaurant named Hinterland. A second Hinterland Gastropub is located in Milwaukee’s downtown Third Ward. Having eaten at the Milwaukee restaurant I can vouch that the food there is quite amazing and definitely worth a visit.

Likewise, if you’re a fan of porters, Winterland is certainly worth trying. The juniper berry is not overpowering and it adds a unique and unexpected twist to the flavor of a traditionally brewed porter.

 

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