Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome
Winter Welcome - 28th annual release! America's first imported winter
seasonal beer is still the benchmark: deep honey gold; full body and
wonderful malty richness; soft floral finish plus fruity notes from
fermentation in open-topped stone vessels. (Yes, stone: slate "Yorkshire
Squares.") Inviting, elegant, satisfying! This year's label, "Snow Globe,"
shows a horse-drawn dray wagon, which are still used to this day for local
deliveries in the village of Tadcaster where the brewery is located..
The History of
Winter Welcome - Throughout history, beer of somewhat higher alcohol and
richness has been enjoyed for the winter holidays, when old friends get
together to enjoy the season. Wassail, a festival to celebrate winter and
the beer that goes with it, predates the Christian era. Winter Welcome is
vintage-dated with a special label each year, and was first shipped to the
US in 1990. Serve in a
traditional Sam Smith tulip or nonik glass for the holidays.
Honey-amber colored, creamy head of small bubbles, floral aroma and delicious
malt flavor with great finesse.
Roast goose, smoked turkey with oyster dressing, rack of lamb, candied yams,
Smithfield hams, fresh pears and apples, Christmas cake. Serve in crystal
tumblers, or traditional Yorkshire tulip or nonik pint glasses.
Winter Welcome Accolades
Four stars, ". . . layers of fruit, malt, spice, and earth tones that marry
perfectly with great balance and style. A classic that nearly begs for smoked
meats and young cheddar." - BevX.com.
"This joyously rich, creamy, malty wonder is still the benchmark." - Christmas
Beer, Don "Joe Sixpack" Russell.
Silver Medal - World Beer Championships
"Best beer I've ever had." - Northwest Brew News