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Granville Island Brewing Lions Winter Ale, British Columbia

$12.95/six-pack in Ontario

Just released for 2012, this dark-amber seasonal brew reminds me of Pot of Gold boxed chocolates. Subtly sweet, it's malty and delivers flavours of vanilla, caramel, cherry, Christmas spices and nuts. Actively effervescent for the style, its foam subsides quickly, with no lacing on the glass. A nice, clean, easy-drinking brown brew for the holidays. $12.25/six-pack in B.C.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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