Craft beer is a national phenomenon, and while every brewery has its regular lineup of consistent and reliable favorites, most also have beers made specifically for the season. Winter is a great season for beers and is often characterized by heavier, spicier beers that invoke a feeling of warm or a sense of the holiday spirit. Houston area craft breweries have their share of winter seasonal beers, and craft beer fans often anticipate the cooler season just to get their hands on one of these beers. Here are the top winter beers in Houston:
Karbach Brewing’s Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
2032 Karbach St.
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 680-2739
www.karbachbrewing.com

From Houston’s own Karbach Brewing comes Yule Shoot Your Eye Out, a winter beer made with the holiday season in mind. This beer has been described as holiday cookies in a glass, and the flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices are obvious. Yule Shoot Your Eye Out has some fruit components as well, and the dark, warming body makes it just right for a cool evening. It’s one of the best winter seasonal beers brewed in Houston, and it’s certain to add fond memories to the holiday season.

Saint Arnold Brewing’s Brewing Winter Stout
2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 686-9494
www.saintarnold.com

Houston area breweries do not brew many stouts, but one that makes an annual appearance during the winter season is Saint Arnold Brewing’s Winter Stout. This stout, characterized by flavors of milk chocolate and roasted malt, evokes feelings of sitting around a warm fire in the winter, making it a perfect choice for the season. The stout is available on tap and in bottles for an enjoyable take-home treat any time, any place. With a few sips of Saint Arnold Brewing’s Winter Stout, your winter blues will quickly fade.

No Label Brewing’s Elda M. Stout
5351 1st St.
Katy, TX 77493
(281) 693-7545
www.nolabelbrew.com

Another local brewing that makes a winter seasonal stout is No Label Brewing. Its Elda M. Stout is a big, bold milk stout with flavors such as cocoa, coffee, roasted malt and even some underlying floral notes. Elda M. Stout is brewed as a milk stout, and that means it contains lactose and features a creamy body. Satisfying and complex, Elda M. Milk Stout has been satisfying Houston area craft beer fans since its introduction in 2011, and many consider this beer the best overall beer in the No Label Brewing portfolio. This stout is only available during the winter season, so get it while you can.

Related: Top Fall Craft Beers in Houston

Texian Brewing’s Black Jesus
1125 Farm to Market 359
Richmond, TX 77406
(281) 762-2604
www.texianbrewing.com 

The newest of all the winter seasonal beers on this list is Black Jesus, a beer brewed by Texian Brewing, located in the Houston suburb of Richmond. Named after the Black Jesus cemetery in Huntsville, Texas, this beer is a dark sour, fermented using Brett yeast and lacto, then aged in tart cherries. The result is a sour beer with fruit, malt and sour yeasty character that makes it very different from other winter beers. Black Jesus is memorable first for its name, but the taste is what will stick with you the longest. Try it this winter season and ponder the different complex flavors while you wait patiently for a return to warmer weather.

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