Are you drinking seasonals already?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DCH, Jul 29, 2022.

  1. DCH

    DCH Disciple (304) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Kind of inspired from the fall beer sightings thread - if you see a seasonal on the shelf really far in advance from the actual season, do you grab it, or do you have more of a “there’s no way I’m drinking this beer this early, I don’t care how fresh it is” mentality?

    I personally lean towards not drinking the marzens or Oktoberfestbiers until it gets a little cooler out, but I’ll have no problem drinking the winter beers in the fall.
     
  2. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,163) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I started drinking the Oktoberfests as soon as I saw them last weekend. I’ll enjoy them even more during regular season football games, but no reason I can’t enjoy them now, too. It’s a style meant to be consumed by the liter, not as a one off.
     
  3. JBogan

    JBogan Savant (911) Jul 15, 2007 California
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    Haven't started yet, but I'll probably give anything a try that isn't an IPA. Of course that narrows down the field of candidates a lot.
     
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  4. dennisthreeninefiveone

    dennisthreeninefiveone Initiate (156) Aug 11, 2020 New Jersey
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    A brewpub by me brews a Marzen that could pass for an Oktoberfest year-round. It sells well all year.
     
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    +1 to that.

    The Oktoberfest beer style is not a hot weather beer IMO, I enjoy that beer style more when there is 'crispness' in the air. I find it irritating that some breweries package this beer 1-2 months early (and 4-5 months early for German brewed versions) for a beer style intended for consumption in September - October.

    Cheers!
     
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  6. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,574) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Um... maybe? :pensive:

    Does it help my case if I feel guilty about it? :slight_smile:
     
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  7. DCH

    DCH Disciple (304) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Yes, yes it does.
     
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  8. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,574) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I definitely like them better in cooler weather, but since they seem to move fast, I feel the need to grab them.

    All of the Paulaner and H-P 12-packs were $19... a definite hike from last year. Might be a thin fest season for me.
     
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  9. DCH

    DCH Disciple (304) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Those are two brands definitely worth grabbing. I tried to find ayinger last year but when I did the price just seemed astronomical for 4 beers so I walked on by. But I could prob drink the hacker pschorr or Paulaner all season.
     
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  10. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Devotee (429) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    As soon as they're out, I'm in!
    Except for the Pumpkin spice beers.
    Y'all can keep them.
    Fests, Bocks, Winter Warmers, Barleywine, bring them on PLEASE!
    Im brewing a Schwarzbier now as I type this enjoying my last Einbecker MaiBock.
    The good part about brewing is the waiting/drinking.
     
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  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Yesterday I received an e-mail from a local beer retailer and they have Ayinger in stock now:

    “12oz 4pk Bottles

    Ayinger

    Oktoberfest”

    Yes, those beers are indeed very pricey (as are all Ayinger beers in my area) and to add ‘insult to injury’ those beers were packaged several months ago. For both reasons an easy non-purchase decision for me.

    Cheers!
     
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  12. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Have you brewed a Czech Dark Lager yet?

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    Czech Dark Lager is now an 'official' beer style per BA.

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/styles/240/

    Cheers!
     
  13. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Devotee (429) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Technically, what I'm Brewing is a Dark Pilsner, according to the recipe.
    Schwartz is close enough for a style in my minds eye.
     
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  14. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Devotee (429) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

  15. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    And you too can make one! :beers:

    Cheers!
     
  16. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Higher IBUs?

    And hops added for flavor/aroma?

    In the past I used to buy Susquehanna Pils Noir at my local Retail Beer Distributor and I enjoyed drinking that beer. I have not seen Pils Noir in a long time (> 5 years).

    Cheers!
     
  17. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Devotee (429) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    That's what I love about brewing.
    If you can't find it, or afford it, BREW it!
     
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  18. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Devotee (429) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I remember that one. It wasn't bad.
     
  19. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Devotee (429) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Hallertrau are for all 3 hop additions, but this time around I'm throwing in a half ounce of Crystal at Flameout that I've got laying around for a little more aroma.
     
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  20. beer_beer

    beer_beer Defender (655) Feb 13, 2018 Finland
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    Haven't found much seasonality amongst NA beers. Not ready for the Christmas beers offered though :grin:
     
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  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    The benefit of being a NA drinker, you don't have to 'suffer' from the creep?

    Cheers!
     
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  22. jus10savestheday

    jus10savestheday Initiate (48) Dec 23, 2011 South Carolina

    I’ve decided to drink beer I like when I like. I usually sit on the fall stuff too long and then end up with Oktoberfest and pumpkin ales in January. Not this year. Just bought some Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier yesterday and I’ll be cracking some tonight.
     
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  23. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    In the past I have purchased cases (24 cans) of Sly Fox Oktoberfest which were packaged in late August and with cold storage those beers were still very tasty come the holidays (Christmas time). I have always enjoyed drinking the last few cans of those beers during the holiday season.

    Cheers!
     
  24. BigIronH

    BigIronH Poo-Bah (1,608) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    Headed to get a 6pk of Bells Octoberfest after work. Good chance they don’t make it to tomorrow. Cheers.
     
  25. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,849) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Do you have a Bell’s branded Maß for this exploit!?!

    Prost!

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  27. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,632) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I'm sitting at my local German- inspired brewery, Territorial Brewing, having a Maibock. Is that an appropriate answer to the question? :stuck_out_tongue: (They don't release their Marzen until December for their anny party. It's called Dezemberfest. It's not very German of them, but I live with it.)
     
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  28. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,802) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Personally, I buy and drink whatever is fresh. I don't really care about the appropriate season most of the time. I'm not exactly going to want an imperial stout in the middle of a 100-degree day, but that's a pretty extreme example. I'm open to Oktoberfests and fall-themed brown/amber beers (even pumpkin beers) as soon as I see them on the shelf/taplist.
     
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  29. BigIronH

    BigIronH Poo-Bah (1,608) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    No but I should get one. Might make me feel a little more distinguished.
     
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  30. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Meyvn (1,033) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    I love Marzen & Festbier. Some of my favorites. I prefer to wait a bit bit but FOMO starts to kick in fast. :joy:
     
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  31. beer_beer

    beer_beer Defender (655) Feb 13, 2018 Finland
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  32. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    And maybe get a monocle as well?

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    Mustache and fancy hat optional.

    Cheers!
     
  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  34. BigIronH

    BigIronH Poo-Bah (1,608) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    Fair warning, after 6 beers I probably won’t be able to retain the monocle.
     
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  35. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Well, that could be a problem - if the monocle falls into your Maß. :flushed:

    Maybe a fancy hat is the better option here!?! :thinking_face:

    Cheers!
     
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  36. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Meyvn (1,033) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    I don't know. German's start Oktoberfest in September. Calendar challenged, I guess. :slight_smile:
     
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  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,617) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Well, Territorial Brewing is serving a May beer (Maibock) at the end of July (it will be August very soon) so perhaps that dictates they 'slide' their October beer (Oktoberfest) to the right?

    What word is the antonym for "creep" here? :thinking_face:

    Cheers!
     
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  38. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Meyvn (1,033) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    Lol! One my local breweries can't seem to master the calendar either. Oh, well. There are much worse things than drinking a Maibock in July IMO. Cheers!
     
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  39. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,802) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Even in Munich, Hofbrau's Urbock (which is the same as their Maibock) is served throughout the summer at the Englischer Garten. I don't think they pull it until September.
     
  40. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Meyvn (1,033) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    That interesting. Thanks for the insight!
     
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