Shipyard has the "winter warmest" brew

So says the Brew U panel (the fine folks at the Savannah Morning News's "beer school" - there's such a thing, we're told).

They tried six beers in the "winter warmer" category - Shipyard's Prelude Special Ale, Anchor Brewing's Christmas Ale, SweetWater's Festive Ale, Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale, Brooklyn Brewery's Winter Ale [annoying birthdate-entry required], and Sam Adams's Winter Lager [also annoying birthdate-entry needed].

Their fave - by a nose - was Shipyard's Prelude. Which is a nice way of saying that if you want to warm up on these cold-ass days, try a local beer. And don't do it because we here in Maine said so - do it because some folks down in Georgia whom you'll never meet or hear of again said so.

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