I like to match the crispness of winter with sessionable pale ales and lagers – unless I can get a hand-pumped ale. During the holiday season, I check for low-alcohol options so I can drink more.
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. North Coast’s Old Stock Ale is a very pleasant sipper as the temperature drops.
When the temperature dips, I still prefer my pale ales generally, but I do tend to end the night with something heavier. I love Moonzen Brewery’s Moon Goddess chocolate stout to top off my evening. Of course, I’m also a sucker for any Christmas-themed bottles.
Generally, weather does not affect my drinking habits – I still have my IPAs, stouts or sour beers as usual. However, imperial stouts, barleywines and spiced Christmas ales will help me survive the winter. Mikkeller Beer Geek Weasel or Omnipollo imperial stouts are among my favourite winter warmers.