annual Winter Warmer ale is based on a traditional English Old Ale
recipe and then spiced with 10 lbs of fresh ginger from our local
market. Generous amounts of caramel and roasted malts are added to
give Winter Warmer a deep ruby brown hue. The malt is backed by 10
gallons of Arizona orange blossom honey that lends a slightly sweet
taste to the big malt flavor with a sting of ginger. Winter Warmer
weighs in at 9.5% ABV and will keep Jack Frost from nipping at your
Style: English Strong Ale
Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Munich , Special Roast, Victory, Wheat, Roasted malt,
ABV: 9% IBU: 25
Review by Beer Advocate
The Winter Warmer, while being warming, comes across with a medium body
thanks to adequate tingly carbonation even though it holds a thinner
mouthfeel overall. Early on it was quickly hoppy and dry with a light piney
resin, but was smoothed out nicely by lots of honey and a faint caramelized
orange zest that became more prominent as it warmed. There were plenty of
dark, sweet malts throughout, followed by toasted grains, nutmeg, allspice,
and a hearty kick of ginger right at the end that left my mouth slightly dry
and spicy. I really liked the complexity of this beer and found it difficult
to pick out quite a few aromas and flavors as I came across them - which of
course kept me going back for more. At one point, I even started dipping my
fresh little gingersnap cookies in the beer to bring out the sweetness from
under all the spice! Honestly, I should probably get a growler of the Winter
Warmer so I can make my own gingersnap cookies for my family when they come
visit in a month.
SanTan Brewing Company
Open since 2007 under the leadership of head brewer and owner,
Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established a strong
reputation as Arizona’s favorite craft beer. In addition to brewing,
SanTan features a friendly neighborhood brewpub in Downtown
Chandler, which has quickly become one of the top local food and
beer destinations in the East Valley.
In 2009, SanTan Brewing began distributing their core and seasonal
brews throughout the state of Arizona, operating with a mission to
pair craft beer with craft food that would inspire great
conversation and good times. The brewpub and SanTan beers have won
numerous national and statewide awards including a silver medal at
the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, a gold medal at the 2012 U.S.
Open Beer Championships and 2011 Best Brewery in Arizona, selected
by the Phoenix New Times.
Visit SanTan Brewing Company at 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ.
They’re open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.- 1 a.m. and Friday-Saturday,
11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Also, check out SanTan Brewing Company online at
www.santanbrewing.com and become a fan on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/SanTanBrewingCo or follow them
for more information on upcoming specials and promotions.