Winter is a time of heavier and darker beers. A beer to help warm off winter’s chill and warm your spirit. Sure, you can spend the winter drinking fine Mexican beers and day dreaming of warmer locations. One could stay with their standard brew through the whole year. However, one could enjoy a hearty, flavor full, beer for the season. My seven beers include an oatmeal stout, a double bock, two seasonal ales, brown ale, a dunkel and I wrapped it up with a Mexican beer.
One of my favorite beers for winter is oatmeal stout. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout is probably my favorite oatmeal stout. I wouldn’t recommend an Oatmeal Stout for breakfast, but I would recommend one to be enjoyed at the end of a cold winter’s day. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout is 5.0% alcohol per volume. The beer advocates ranked Samuel Smith as their top oatmeal stout. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout finished 6th at the 2009 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Samuel Smith is rather expensive and there are other quality oatmeal stouts available. However, when I want a special winter beer, Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout is the one I drink.
Winter is the season I get to ski, and enjoy fine brews for Troegs with good friends I don’t normally see. Troegenator is Troegs double bock beer. Troegenator is a strong brew and has an 8.2% alcohol volume. It is wise to remember drinking one of these beers is the equivalent of drinking two normal beers. If you normally drink lagers, this might be a good choice for you. The double bock is basically a darker, stronger lager beer. Troegs describe it as “The Troegenator leaves a rich, warming feeling and subtle spicy flavors.” In other words a fine brew to warm off winter’s chill.
Troegs holiday brew Mad Elf Ale is a great ale for your Holiday festivities. I describe this winter ale in my article “My Top 10 Ales List.” If you enjoy cherries, honey, and chocolate malts and a brew which can warm your insides Mad Elf is for you. Trust me this is the ale Santa wants you to leave him on Christmas Eve.
Another great beer to enjoy during the winter is Newcasltle Brown Ale from Scotland. This beer like Mad Elf Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale also made “My Top 10 Ales List.” As you can imagine this beer is a dark beer. I would almost call it a motor oil color. A beer available year round, however I find it a little to heavy and thick for the warm weather months. However, with the frosty air of winter this hearty ale is the perfect. A wonderful ale to enjoy a pint with your friends at the local pub.
Samuel Adams makes a good beer for any season. Yes, Samuel Adams is more main stream than some of the other winter brews. However, that just means this craft beer brewery’s beers are easier to find. Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a brown lager brewed with spices of the season. An enjoyable beer to be enjoyed all winter long.
I enjoy a Spaten Dunkel during winter as well. It is a very drinkable brew. Brown in color but not as thick and heavy as some of the other winter brew’s. However, the chocolate hints, roasted malts and hops are very enjoyable during the winter months.If you can’t find Spaten, easier to find substitutes would be Beck’s Dark or a Dark St. Pauli Girl.
If you still want to spend your winter drinking beers from south of the border. Let me recommend Negra Modelo. I described the beer in “Top Five Mexican Beers.” While it might not be a dark as most of the winter brews on this list it is quite a bit darker than most Mexican beers. It shares old world roots just like most of the winter brews. A beer which could compliment some hearty winter meals and help your mind wonder to warmer locales or warmer months which will eventuallly come.
The Beer Advocates (beeradvocates.com)
Top Five Mexican Beers
My Top 10 Ales