5 St. Louis stouts to warm you up this winter

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over and winter weather has settled in, we could all use a little happiness in the impending cold, dreary months. Whether sitting under a blanket next to a fireplace or out on a chilly night with friends, these five STL-area stouts are the perfect way to warm up during the colder months.

1. Old Bakery Beer Co. Cat Café
Released last November, Old Bakery Beer Co.'s Cat Café is a milk stout brewed with organic Kaldi’s dark roast coffee and lactose sugar. It’s reminiscent of a silky latte with a subtle chocolate sweetness. It’s the perfect beer to pair with a snuggly blanket and pajamas on a cozy winter morning.
Four-pack: $10. Available at The Wine and Cheese Place

2. 4 Hands Brewing Co. Single Origin
4 Hands Single Origin is an Imperial stout brewed in collaboration with Sump Coffee. It mixes Ethiopian natural process coffee with a touch of blueberry. Madagascar vanilla beans are added to give the beer a pleasant sweetness. Notes of vanilla, earthiness and chocolate make for a decadent, full-bodied brew to enjoy by the fireside.
$11. Available at Craft Beer Cellar

3. Six Mile Bridge Beer Maple Coffee Stout
Six Mile Bridge Beer recently released its maple coffee stout in cans. Brewed with Guatemalan beans and Vermont maple syrup, this beer is reminiscent of a pancake breakfast with coffee. You can head to Maryland Heights for this sweet, roasty goodness, or find it a can (or a four-pack) at a nearby store to warm the cockles of your heart.
Four-pack: $10. Available at Craft Beer Cellar

4. Schlafly Mango Ancho Stout
Released as part of the 2018 Schlafly Stout Bout pack, this beer is chock full of flavor. Mango is the most prevalent tasting note, but hints of chocolate complement the intensity of the fruit. The beer finishes with a slightly noticeable heat from the ancho chiles, but it maintains sweetness, as well.
Stout Bout 12-pack: $14. Available at Total Wine

5. Wellbeing Brewing Intrepid Traveler Coffee Cream Stout
Wellbeing Brewing recently launched its third nonalcoholic brew, Intrepid Traveler, a coffee cream stout brewed with Mississippi Mud Coffee dark roast. Although thinner in mouthfeel than most stouts, its combination of spices, flaked oats, lactose and robust coffee make for a delightful, java-inspired brew. For those looking for a way to warm up without the alcohol, this is the perfect drink.
Six-pack: $12. Available at Craft Beer Cellar

Caitlin McGrath is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Off Color Brewing sales representative.