No blues, just winter brews

The holidays have come and gone. Winter days are upon us with the early darkness. Yet, in Albion, Nebraska, the winter doldrums disappeared ever since HWY 14 Brewing Co. opened its doors back in 2018! 

Greg and Mandy Luettel are the brewery owners and grew up in Albion. Their college and early career days had them on the move, but the journey back home has been a good one. Winters for the couple have always been a special time of the year being with family around the holidays. 

Keeping that holiday cheer going throughout the winter months can be difficult, but HWY 14 Brewing with its twelve beers on tap provides solace beyond the ringing in of the new year.

Here are just a few of HWY 14 Brewing’s winter brews:

Peach Cobbler –a peach wheat ale with cinnamon, vanilla, and lactose that will have drinkers thinking about mom’s cobbler coming out of the oven.

Road Hazard –a spiced brown ale that has the aroma of a sugar cookie. It is a craft beer version of cream soda, but not nearly as sweet.

S’more Now –a porter with marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker notes that have folks dreaming about sitting around a campfire.

Ace of Spades –a roasty, creamy milk stout with chocolate notes that is warming on a cold day.

Cinnamon Crunch –a spiced brown ale that is easy drinking with just the right amount of cinnamon.

Wintertime in small towns is also about finding a place to go before or after that high school basketball game or other local activity. Greg and Mandy enjoy being able to provide food at the brewery. They have partnered with The Stirred Pot in Albion, which comes in on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings to serve items such as sliders, cheese boards, and other shareables that pair well with the beer.

In Albion, the Luettels are doing their best to turn the winter blues into winter bliss.

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