While chatting about people’s beer preferences, I would often hear visitors to the brewery describe themselves as “seasonal beer drinkers.” Fair enough, I am too. Even the most fervent lover of stouts and porters finds them a bit much on a day when the Humidex hits 40. Likewise, a light lager doesn’t always do it on a cold, rainy night.
But then I thought a little more about it, and I realized: the weather isn’t the only factor influencing the beers towards which I gravitate. When you’re selecting a beer to drink, there’s a whole range of things to think about: the setting, the list of available beers, the food, your cravings/mood on that particular day…
And so, I have compiled this list of alternate beer categories. Enjoy!
This is the beer that you can find on tap in nearly any pub. Easy-drinking, it’s the sort of beer you can drink throughout the night—and feel pretty pleased about.
For me? Beau’s Lugtread Ale.
Okay, so you’re scanning the beer list…and you’re not seeing anything that grabs your interest. In fact, you’re contemplating getting water instead. Then you see it—that beer that really isn’t your favourite, but you will still drink it!
For me? Guinness
“That Beer That’s Harder To Find, But You Love It, so When You See It, It’s Yours”
It’s not a common beer, but you fell in love with it long ago. When you spy it on a beer list, there’s no question. It’s yours, right now.
For me? Black Creek’s Ginger Beer, Péché Mortel (Dieu du Ciel).
“The Thirst-Quenching Beer”
You’ve been outside for hours. The sun is beating down. Probably, you’ve been doing physical work or exercise, and you are parched. Sometimes, you just need a beer, and this hits the spot.
For me? Sidelaunch Wheat, Beat the Heat (Black Oak)
“The Sitting By the Fire on a Midwinter’s Night”
It’s the middle of winter. The wind chill is somewhere in the negative-20s. A gale is howling around your house, darkness has fallen, and if you don’t have a blazing fire, you should. It’s just you, a good book, and a beer in a very fancy glass.
For me? Midvinterblot (Sigtuna Brygghus)
“That Beer You’ve Heard Everyone Rave About and then You Randomly Spy it in the LCBO One Day”
Pretty self-explanatory, and it also just happened to me!
For me? Founders Kentucky Breakfast Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
“The Local Brew in a Strange City”
Travelling as often as I do, I’ve made friends with beers and breweries in many different cities. It’s always fun to see what’s on tap elsewhere, and you start to find a few reliable favourites.
For me? Old Bust Head’s Mocha Macchiato Stout, Alewerks’ Old Stitch
“The What IS That, I MUST Try It!”
Every so often, you come across a beer that you just have to try. Maybe the description is particularly intriguing. Maybe it boasts your exact favourite flavours. Or maybe your favourite brewmaster is trying a new recipe. 😉
For me? Black Creek’s Gingerbread Stout, Hypnopompa (Omnipollo), Earl Grey Porter (Royal City Brewing)
What about you? What are your beers for all seasons? Maybe you’ll find your next one down at the Black Creek Historic Brewery!
To Queen and Country!