A picture of Franklin Delano Roosevelt sitting by a fireplace, holding a goblet while having a conversation with an elf sets the tone for this winter spiced ale. It’s fitting that this beer is brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery, for the monumental amendment legalizing alcohol was passed and proclaimed by FDR in 1933 during his first term of office. The brewery opened in 2000, and is a pioneer of packaging craft beer in cans. This beer, first released in 2010, was its first seasonal release in a can. The appearance is ruby dark brown with a tan head, and its toasty, demonstrative, bold malt flavor is tempered with a blend of spices and cocoa nibs that doesn’t overpower. The 7.9 percent ABV also provides warmth to your palate, allowing this winter warmer to live up to the style’s name. The flavor will vary somewhat from year to year, as co-founder/brewmaster Shaun O’Sullivan personally selects a special blend of spices based on his inspiration at that moment. Like FDR’s Fireside Chat radio messages of hope and reassurance to the nation during the Great Depression, this winter warmer is sure to lift your spirits.