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5 Beers to Try This Winter

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It’s cold outside, so stay inside and warm yourself up with one of these seasonal beers. December means a lot of Christmas brews (gingerbread beer, anyone?) but once you get into the New Year, there are still plenty of new, Santa-free selections to try. 

1. AUN MAS CHILI JESUS // EVIL TWIN 

This spicy stout from Denmark-based brewery Evil Twin is hard to track down, but worth the trouble. The beer—which is brewed in Spain—has a creamy consistency and a taste not unlike dark hot chocolate. The chili peppers cut the fudgy beer nicely and give it a complex flavor. Thanks to an ABV of 12 percent, you’ll be feeling pretty toasty in no time. 

2. MY BLOODY VALENTINE // ALESMITH 

This blood-red amber ale is the perfect beer to share with a special someone (or to cry into alone) on Valentine’s Day. The California brewery’s special holiday beer features floral hops, caramel malts, and just the right amount of sweetness. A relative of Alesmith’s Evil Dead Red, the beer shares a similar color and ABV (6.66 percent). The brewery has been selling bottles of this seasonal ale since 2013—all the better for beer drinkers hoping to enjoy a slightly macabre Valentine’s Day. 

3. PEPPERMINT VICTORY AT SEA // BALLAST POINT 

If you love mint chocolate ice cream, then you'll probably enjoy this beer, a minty spin on Ballast Point’s popular Victory at Sea. While some might be skeptical of a peppermint beer, the San Diego brewery has found a way to utilize the festive flavor. The peppermint pairs nicely with notes of dark chocolate and coffee without overpowering the taste. You might want to share this one with a friend: The heavy imperial stout can be quite filling.

4. NITRO COFFEE STOUT // SAM ADAMS 

Most of us have had a nitro stout in the form of a Guinness. The Irish brewery has long had the nitro beer market cornered, but lately, American breweries—Left Hand Brewing and Oskar Blues—have been muscling their way in. Samuel Adams has also joined in with three new nitrogen-infused selections: coffee stout, white ale, and IPA. While all three silky flavors are enjoyable, the nitro coffee is best enjoyed on a snowy afternoon. The smooth stout tastes a lot like drinking a cold-brewed coffee with very little acidity. The nitrogen lends the beer a unique smoothness that pairs nicely with a warm sweater and crackling fire. 

5. ARCTIC SAISON // GLASSROOTS

Anchorage Brewing and Grassroots Brewing teamed up to bring you this light, wintery saison. The airy beer, which has a refreshing finish, is a welcome departure from the usual stouts and porters enjoyed in the colder months. Thanks to its woody and citrus notes, this pick will make you feel like you’re hanging out in a log cabin in Alaska. 

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New Pop Chart Lab Poster Is a Boozy Blueprint For Making Classic Cocktails
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Pop Chart Lab's posters combine design with data, and their latest offering—a full breakdown of the ingredients in 60 classic cocktails—is no exception. From the exact ratio of gin and tonic that should go into a G & T (2 ounces and 4 ounces, respectively) to the garnishes you'll need to make a proper Tom Collins (a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist), the 3-foot-by-2-foot "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" artwork teaches mixology basics you'd typically learn in bartending school, sans tuition fee.

In addition to mainstays like the Negroni and the Whiskey Sour, the poster also includes relatively obscure drinks (ever heard of the Golden Dawn, or the Journalist?), which you can attempt after drinking your way through your favorite concoctions. Before you know it, you'll be explaining to your friends the intricacies of why you should stir martinis instead of shaking them (sorry, James Bond), or the difference between a highball and a Collins glass. Bottoms up!

"Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" costs $37, and is currently available for pre-order. Shipping begins on Friday, October 20, 2017. (To see the poster's details up close, visit Pop Chart Lab's website and click on the diagram.)

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Attention Beer Lovers: A London Brewery Is Hiring a Professional Taste-Tester
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Beer lovers aren’t given many chances to discuss their passion for imbibing at job interviews. But a new open position at London's Meantime Brewing Company lists that expertise as one of the top qualifications. As Fortune reports, the brewery is seeking a professional beer taster to help improve its products.

The brewery’s part-time employee will “join the panel brewers as they taste, discuss, and pass opinion on a range of different beers,” according to the job listing on LinkedIn. On top of steady access to free booze three hours a week, the taster will receive a competitive salary “with beer benefits.” As the description reads: “Yes, this could just be the best job in the world.”

Meantime isn’t just considering any casual beer drinker for the role. Their ideal candidate will have a precise palate that can distinguish “chocolate malt from dark malt” and “Fuggles from Cascade hops.” They will also have an understanding of global consumer markets, a functioning knowledge of English, and an extensive beer vocabulary. The brewery is located in the London borough of Greenwich, so applicants who aren’t local should be willing to relocate.

Founded in 1999, the Meantime Brewing Company made its name on the beer scene with signature beverages like their London Lager, London Pale Ale, and Yakima Red. If you’re interested in joining the team, post 30 words on your LinkedIn profile explaining why you deserve the gig, along with any photos or videos that may help your case, with the hashtag #pickmemeantime. The company will narrow down the pool to three candidates for an in-person beer tasting before deciding their top pick. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the job by brushing up on your beer facts.

[h/t Fortune]

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