The Drinking Woman's Guide to Winter Beers

The OMG-I'm-freezing weather doesn't mean you have to give up knocking back cold ones.

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Beers aren't just for summer BBQs. That's why we asked Anne Becerra, Certified Cicerone® (read: beer sommelier) from craft beer bar Treadwell Park in New York City, to be our guide for seasonal winter brews.

If you love: Spiced Cider and/or Old-Fashioneds

Then order a pint of: Tröegs Mad Elf

Why you should drink it: "Winter seasonals are often synonymous with spices, and this one delivers. It's brewed with ripened cherries, honey, and cocoa, with big aromatic notes of cinnamon, clove, and allspice."

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If you love: Champagne and/or Sparkling Wine

Then order a pint of: Brasserie Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux

Why you should drink it: "With complex notes, a bubbly effervescence, and a remarkably dry finish—this beer rivals even the finest of champagnes."

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If you love: hoppy beers and/or IPAs

Then order a pint of: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Why you should drink it: "You don't stop being a hop-head just because it's wintertime. Sierra Nevada's fresh-hop Celebration IPA is full-bodied, with flavors of pine and citrus, and faint notes of toffee."

If you love: Wheat Beers, Hefeweizens, and/or Mimosas

Then order a pint of: Victory Winter Cheers

Why you should drink it: "The whole-flower Citra hops amp up the juiciness of the hefeweizen aromas, making this bubbly beer flavorful and refreshing."

If you love: Stouts and/or Bitter Espresso

Then order a pint of: Bell's Expedition Stout

Why you should drink it: "This highly-roasted-tasting Russian Imperial Stout offers flavors that mimic baking chocolate, molasses, and black cherries, just to name a few."

If you love: Bourbon

Then order a pint of: North Coast Barrel-aged Old Rasputin XVIII

Why you should drink it: "This stout is infused with bourbon notes of vanilla, crème brûlée, and cappuccino."

A version of this article appears in the December issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands now.

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