“The winter season, especially the holiday season, is a time for reasonable indulgences. While m folks mix booze and eggnog or mulled wine, I tend to move to stouts and sweets. This year, my favo pairing is Mocha Merlin, our sensible milk stout at 5.5% ABV, which is cold infused with locally roas coffee and cacao nibs sourced from Ghana. It’s a flavor combination that is simply meant to be. Ga er your friends and family around the fire with a few Mocha Merlins paired with a plate of Choco Brown Butter cookies from Brown Butter Cookie Company here on the Central Coast, and flip on the classic A Christmas Story. To me, that is the ultimate holiday combo—and you will wake up in the mo ing without the eggnog blues!” Matt Brynildson Brewmaster, Firestone Walker Brewing Brown Butter Cookie Company, Cocoa • $15+ The guys at Firestone Walker introduced me to Brown But- ter Cookie Company’s rich and crumbly cookies. Handmade in Cayucos, California, these short cookies finished with a touch of sea salt are a brewery favorite, and now I under- stand why. © Hundred-to-One LLC 2017. All rights reserved.