Winter is Beer

- by Bill Craver

“Now Winter is truly coming. In the Winter, we must protect ourselves – look after one another.”

  • – Lord Eddard Stark from Game of Thrones


Fans of the series, Game of Thrones, will immediately recognize the phrase ‘Winter Is Coming’ as the motto of House Stark. As Lords of the North, the Starks must always be prepared for the coming of winter, since the cold season hits their lands the hardest. The wise counsel underlying Lord Stark’s words is one of warning and the need for constant vigilance in preparation for the inevitability of cold and dark times.

Situated in Southerly Charlotte, NC, those of us at Legion Brewing thankfully don’t have to be quite as vigilant about Winter’s imminent arrival. Nonetheless, we intend to make sure that Charlotte residents will not be completely unprepared for colder months on the horizon. As a seasonal brewery, the time is upon us to release a slate of darker, heavier beers that might serve as a protective, warm blanket for cooler nights ahead.

Just as Ned Stark admonished his subjects to look after one another, our Brewers have done so for Legion customers with the release of ‘Winter is Beer’ (Imperial Porter, 8.5% ABV, 46 IBUs). This silky-smooth beer was brewed with a variety of Epiphany Craft Malt’s specialty grains, including Chocolate Malt and Midnight Wheat. Luscious, layered chocolate and caramel notes abound!

“From what I’ve learned, one of the lesser-known dangers of the Winter Season is the arrival of the White Walkers. Just as dragon glass is said to protect people from these humanoid ice villains, this beer should protect folks from the chill of Charlotte nights,” explained James Rutledge, Associate Brewer. “Due to its high gravity, as well as thick, dark chocolate flavors, enjoying glass of ‘Winter is Beer’ will definitely be a chest-warming experience.”

All of us at Legion Brewing agree with James – we don’t believe that the onset of Winter is something to fear or dread. Like many who came before us, we have taken measures to look out for one another. Beer’s ability to help people overcome the perils of the coldest season was well articulated through the words of a Belgian monk who lived and brewed during Medieval times. Although his name and identity have been lost to antiquity, his words ring true to this day…

Yea, Winter is coming

The Dark Time men doth fear

Alas, lay hearts not asunder

For Winter is Beer