The trickle-down of long-term misogyny from big beer brands to the craft beer world remains unwantedly prevalent, and it continues to rear its ugly head from time to time. Overcoming this “bro” culture of beer is a long, involved process and thankfully, the vast majority of people in the industry are all about that.
During winter, I tend to favour rich English styles such as old ales or barleywines – rich malt complexity, fruity yeast bouquet, and an optional sherry or leathery edge.
I tend to opt for beers I haven’t tried, but for a safe bet, I choose go-to classics or trusted brands with which I’ve had good experiences.
As everyone is different, I would recommend a style that best suits a person’s current palate. You’ll need to determine that by having a conversation with them, which is an opportunity to impart more beer knowledge.