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Sea Legs Baltic Porter and Battle Road’s 1775 Tavern Ale

As if you needed a reminder, last weekend’s blizzard left no doubt that we’re still in the heart of winter beer season. Stouts, porters, and barleywines can provide a momentary safe haven from the storm, no matter how fleeting those moments may be between bouts of shoveling.

It can be difficult to navigate the world of winter beers, and I often grow weary of trying myself. But Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing Company has released a particularly good one. Sea Legs Baltic Porter is worth a history lesson. The beer is more like the porters of the 17th century than those of today. A Baltic Porter was a more robust version of the popular beer style brewed stronger for journeys across the North Sea. The style was a favorite of Catherine the Great. These beers range from 7 to 10 percent alcohol by volume, which falls more in the range of today’s stouts.

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