With the Super Bowl done and over, we can get back to our regularly scheduled beer drinking. I mentioned at the start of the year I’d post about deep-winter beers. Thanks to that miserable rodent, Phil, I guess we have more time to drink them. Below are my favorite brews for those NW-NJ days with temperature highs in the teens.
Winter Warmers: More a concept than a style, this one has English origins and typically sports a prominent malt profile coupled with balanced bitterness, and on more than one occasion, spices. Samuel Smith Winter Welcome is a classic example, but there are plenty of U.S. breweries with their own take, such as Bolero Snort’s Frozen Pasture.
Belgian Strong Darks/Quads/Dubbels: A good way to sleep the winter away, these brews are usually malty, dark, and strong in the alcohol department. Beers produced by those magnanimous monks at Chimay are excellent in quality and easy to acquire.
Russian Imperial Stouts: A favorite dark, high-gravity style of mine. Roasty, malty, but intensely bitter, a great way to balance out a serving of cheesecake.
Doppelbocks: The German way to celebrate those chilly nights. Enjoy in a leather armchair in front of a fire, bearskin rug optional.
Though this makes #7, I feel remiss without mentioning Barleywine. If you like them sweet and balanced, go for English. Want something hoppy, and a bit more bitter? Go American. J. W. Lee’s Harvest, and a one-year old Sierra Nevada Bigfoot are great choices, respectively.
Come back in a few days when I opine about pairing adult beverages with chocolate, providing ideas for that most romantic holiday, 2/14!