By Seth Montz - December 20, 2022
The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are starting to fall, and the leaves are gone – it can only mean one thing: winter is finally here! And with the arrival of winter comes the perfect weather for enjoying a beer. If you're looking for a new type of beer to try this season, here are three styles that you'll love.
What makes Beer Seasonal?
With the changing seasons, it's important to have a beer that matches your mood. Beers are designed for every occasion and can be enjoyed year-round or just during certain parts of the calendar years; however, most seasonal brews incorporate ingredients that only appear at their peak after being harvested--this gives them more flavor than usual as well as an added benefit in terms on taste!
With that in mind here is a list of 3 beers that pair perfectly for the winter season.
3 Best Beer Styles for Winter
First up is a Barrel-Aged Stout. Barrel-aged beers are usually dark in color and flavor, making them perfect for a winter warmer. They have a subtle chocolate and/or coffee flavor with a warm finish from the barrel type (usually bourbon). Try Sir Fuzzy Pants - McAllister Brewing Company
Next is a Scotch ale - Scotch ales are top-fermenting brews that were originally served in small quantities (thus, the "wee heavy" nickname) for a few schillings in nineteenth-century Scotland. This style is boiled extensively in kettles, which creates toasty caramelization and sweet, full-bodied flavors. Many Scotch ales also offer higher alcohol by volume, making them perfect for cold winter days. Try Pelican Pub & Brewery: Captain Of The Coast
Lastly is the Barleywine. A barleywine is a style of strong ale that's typically characterized by high alcohol content, a bittersweet taste, and a rich mouthfeel. Despite the name, barleywines contain no actual wine. They earned the moniker due to their complexity of flavors. Try Weyerbacher Brewing Company: Insanity
What are you drinking?
Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a beer with friends by a warm fire, in your cabin, or at your favorite brewery. The 3 best beer styles for winter are Barrel-Aged Stouts, Scotch Ales, and Barleywine. We’ve provided some tips above on how you can find these beers this season so that you never run out of options when it comes to choosing what type of beer to drink outside!
Let us know in the comments below.