Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Cold Mountain Winter Ale

Cold Mountain Winter Ale

From Spencer:

From Spencer: I still get excited every year when the Cold Mountain Winter Ale is released.  The ever-changing Winter ale usually has notes of vanilla, spice, hazelnut and a sweet biscuit flavor that finishes with a slight hoppy balance.  People always talk from year to year about how last year was better than this year, but for me it always gets the winter season rolling……

City Beverage has been selling Highland beers since the mid-90s. Oscar Wong, the founder of the brewery really knows what it takes to brew good beer.  He also knows how to treat his customers and the people that work for him. To me, this is what being a successful owner of a brewery is all about.

From Tim: We have had this, in December, the last two years on The Less Desirables and it’s been a hit each time.  The spices this year are a bit subtle but still quite appropriate. You never know what you’re going to get but you know it’s still going to be great, whatever it is. This last time we had it on the show, it received kudos from a beer “expert.” Eric Swaim, co-owner of Hoots Beer Company in Winston-Salem, expressed his love for both Highland and for this, Cold Mountain. To me, Highland does little, if any wrong. This is yet another great example of their beer prowess. I rate it 4 stars out of 5.

From both: Cheers to 20 years Highland!


Spencer Davis is owner of his family’s company, City Beverage, which has been selling fine beer and wine since 1946. They’re located at 915 Burke Street in Winston-Salem and on the web at www.citybeverage.com. Tim Beeman is co-owner, co-host and producer of The Less Desirables Podcast and The Less Desirables Podcast Network ft. The Less Desirables, Tart & Tangy Triad, The Beer Dads, Electric Camel Pod and Fan Interference podcasts. Find out more on their Facebook page or

Try it locally at: Stumble Stilskins, Cooper Ale House and City Beverage to name a few local places.