Christmas is right around the corner, and the colder wintery temperatures are setting in. What does this mean for your beer choice? Well it means its time to move on from the light summery refreshing lagers, and juicy IPA’s, to the more cold weather style craft beers.
Dark Beers and Cold Temperatures
Most people’s first thought when it comes to cold weather beers is the darker it is, the better, with Stouts and Porters at the forefront. This is an accurate statement since dark, rich beers are often high in alcohol content and warming. Darker beers can also be enjoyed at a warmer temperature than the freezing cold temperature most summery Pale Lagers need to be served at. So, let your beer sit and experience the flavors change as the temperature does!
The way you consume your beer can accentuate your experience as well. Try cracking your beer next to a lit fire place with a blanket to warm your outsides while the beer works its warming magic on the inside. If you’re planning to be a responsible drinker, and COVID permits, you could also try going to your local pub or brewery! These brewers will know exactly which cold-weather beers are right up your ally, which you can consume in their toasty establishment.
Look at the Alcohol Percentage
Another option, as was slightly mentioned earlier, is to order boozy! The higher the percentage of alcohol your craft beer has the more you get that warming alcohol feeling. These high alcohol beers also often come rich in flavor, with lots of spices and character, making them delicious as well as warming.
The cold weather may not be everyone’s favorite, but it is definitely not the time to stop drinking and trying delicious craft beers. Winter warmer beers exist and even have their own festivals for a reason!
Cheers to the upcoming holidays, and make sure to celebrate by continuing to go out and trying the amazing beers that exist, even as the temperatures drop.