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Baby it’s cold outside: Warm up with these 7 festive local beers

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As the seasons change from the long, warm, sunny days of summer to the dark, bitterly-cold days of winter, breweries around the Fargo-Moorhead area must prepare to tailor their menus to suit the ever-freezing temperatures that are sure to come.

To keep you warm during the cold months between November and February – and to celebrate the upcoming holiday season – seven local breweries are featuring festive beers.

Nightman Cometh

Drekker Brewing Company will be bringing their Nightman Cometh back into rotation for the Winter Solstice – the darkest day of the year, Dec. 21.

With flavors of prunes, molasses, toffee, raisins and chocolate, this 9.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) Russian Imperial Stout is surprisingly smooth.

None More Black

For the past two years, the Fargo Brewing Company has released their Russian Imperial Stout on Black Friday – and 2017 is no different.

Featuring flavors of chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit and espresso, the 2017 None More Black will surely keep you warm throughout the winter months.

Cinnamini Donut

This holiday season, Kilstone Brewing Company in Fargo is introducing their 4.8 percent ABV apple cinnamon brown ale.

Featuring a cinnamon sugared rim, this smooth brown ale has a nice, nutty flavor with apple and cinnamon notes. Aptly-named Cinnamini Donut, this beer tastes just like a cinnamon sugar mini-doughnut from the county fair.

Radegast Winter Amber

To keep its patrons warm during these cold months, Prairie Brothers Brewing have come up with their 7 percent ABV Radegast Winter Amber.

This seasonal winter amber ale is brewed with coriander, orange peel, and Citra hops for a taste that is delightfully earthy and warming, while still remaining smooth to the last drop.

Bog Road Special

Located in Mapleton, N.D., Drumconrath Brewing Company is a laid-back brewery, serving up eight beers on tap, as well as pizza and food from the occasional food truck. The Bog Road Special is their holiday beer for 2017.

The style is a sour beer and – in keeping in the tradition of the Gose style of brewing – features flavors of coriander and sea salt but with an orange and cranberry twist. The beer creates a unique flavor that will wet any whistle this holiday season.

Peanut Butter Bandit

Just across the river, in north Moorhead, sits Junkyard Brewing Company. With 10 taps in their taproom and an endless cycle of rotating, experimental beer styles, Junkyard is always coming up with beer flavors that will surprise you.

Featured during the holiday season this year is the 6 percent ABV Peanut Butter Bandit, a peanut butter stout that has won the best local beer award two years in a row in Fargo Monthly’s Flavor Awards competition. Brewed with a mix of powdered peanut butter and roasted barley, along with a few other peanut butter-esque ingredients, the Peanut Butter Bandit is like drinking a liquified Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – only this one will give you a bit of a buzz.

Smoke Signals

Located in West Fargo, Flatland Brewery offers a unique lineup of small batch craft beers, as well as a few scratch-made sodas.

For the holiday season, Flatland Brewery is bringing back their Ploughboy Oatmeal Stout... with a twist –the added flavor of maplewood-smoked jalapeno peppers, creating what they call Smoke Signals. This robust stout features a slightly chocolate taste that gains its smokiness from the house-smoked jalapenos. The flavor creates just enough heat so it’s noticeable, but does not overpower the senses.