The days for refreshing beers, recovery beers, and non-alcoholic beers are many—any day with a sunny run will do. But then there are the huge-PR celebrations, the massive, crawl-home workouts, and the days where it’s so cold it hurts to breathe. For those especially big days, we recommend you consider a dessert beer. Typically stronger, often darker, and always sweeter than your average ale or lager, these rich and comforting beers either recreate favorite desserts in liquid form, or take inspiration from them. As the days grew shorter and winter approached, the Runner’s World team gathered around a table of dessert beer contenders. These eight are our favorites.
Funky Buddha French Toast
French toast, at least in beer form, makes a better a sweet treat to end a meal than start your day. From our tasting, this maple-heavy, 8.8-percent brown ale is the first we thought we’d enjoy pouring over the dish that inspired it.