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Winter Ale - is it out yet?

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When do winter ales typically get released?

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  1. Started seeing most of the usual winter seasonal's hit the shelves over the last few weeks. I guess the answer to our question depends on where you are in the country and which seasonal's in particular you are looking for :)

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    1. re: rob133

      I have noticed the winter seasonals appearing a bit later this year and last. They used to show up a week or two into October, and now they're coming out more in November. But this varies, of course, and your point is well taken.

    2. I've been looking for a winter ale/oatmeal stout for a spicy brown mustard recipe I want to make for Christmas. I was directed Firestone's Velvet Merlin as being a good contender, but it's not in any of the liquor stores that normally carry it yet (Los Angeles area). :(

      If anyone has an alternative suggestion for an oatmeal stout, I'm all ears!

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      1. re: The Oracle

        Samuel Smith is easy to find. Anderson Valley Barney Flats.

        1. re: The Oracle

          check out Stockyard Stout at Trader Joe's. It's surprisingly good and should work fine in your recipe.