This is a fine question to ask. Those who are fond of wine often pair wine with cheeses, meets and so forth. Wine embellishes the food and vise versa, this is called pairing. Here at Hangover School we are also fond of pairing, however, the kind pairing we suggest with beer, is not with food (although at least one meal a day should be accompanied by a beer), but instead with seasons.
As the fall months descend into winter one may ask, “What is a good winter beer to drink?” We have two suggestions, while in summer it is advised to consume lighter beers such as summer ales and thirty packs of bud lights :), in the late fall and winter it is just the opposite. Stouts and Porters are what you all should be aiming for (especially if you live in a colder climate).
On a side note, the name Porter was first used in the eighteenth century in reference to dark beers which use roasted malts or barley to provide the darker and smokier texture of the beer, therefore the term Stout was only used later, that being the case, these terms are used interchangeably and therefore refer to the same genre of beer.
The two stouts Hangover School endorses here is Ninkasi’s Oatis Oatmeal Stout the Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout. The Ninkasi brewing company is located in Eugene Oregon, and the Otis Oatmeal stout is described as “a rich complex Oatmeal Stout with just enough hops to balance the copious quantities of dark roasted malts, and the addition of oatmeal for a creamy smooth drinkability” with an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of 7.2%.
The Great Divide Brewing Company is located in downtown Denver Colorado and is world renowned for their production of an array of award winning brews, the Yeti Imperial Stout, has received six highly sought after awards and is described as “…an onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. This beers IBU’s (international bitterness units) are 75 and its ABV is at 9.5%. This beer is no joke and one must be aware of the hazards when drinking this beer on a warm sunny day, since you may turn into a Yeti and become extremely violent towards anything or one that is in your immediate grasp, that is not the correct environment to digest this liquid!
Hangover School enjoys their winter stouts and porters greatly and supports all you Hangover School followers to do the same!
What is your favorite winter beer? Add it below!