Styles you prefer to drink by season?

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  1. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I'm curious what your personal style preference is throughout the year. I live in an area that get the full extent of weather through all 4 seasons, so it's sweltering hot in July and bitter cold in February

    I divide the year into different seasons

    Winter (January through Mid March):

    All varieties of stouts
    Scotch Ales
    Belgian tripels/quads
    Double IPAs (west coast style)

    Spring/Summer (Mid March through Mid August)

    Sours (all varieties)
    NE and fruit IPAs
    German traditional light styles (Hefeweizens, helles lagers, etc...)
    American wheat beer (Bell's Oberon mainly)
    Blonde ales

    Fall (Late August through October)

    Pumpkin beers
    Brown ales
    Amber ales
    Milk stouts
    Wet hopped IPAs

    Holidays (November and December)

    Barrel aged Imperial Stouts
    Christmas ales
    German darker styles
    Belgian tripels/ quads
    Winter warmers
    High volume IPAs (Columbus Creeper usually comes out around this time)

    I will drink interesting IPAs, sours, and stouts year round, but those are what I seek out specifically for those times
  2. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail (837) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I like to go counter to the seasons in some respects. Like when it's 17 degrees out, I like to have a nice summery IPA or a hefeweizen just to say fuck you to winter.
  3. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight (0) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Usually ales fall and winter, and lagers in the spring and summer with a little crossover from each side. It's hot today, I'll be grabbing some pils on the way home.
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  4. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 (360) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    winter: IPA, Stouts
    Spring: Everything
    Summer: Everything
    Autumn: Everything (except pumpkin spiced bs)
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  5. beer_beer

    beer_beer (723) Feb 13, 2018 Finland

    So far I'm not very season sensitive, "everything goes!". Though can imagine lagers/pilsners take the front seat in the summer.
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  6. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I would find it weird to drink a pumpkin ale in mid May, but to each his own.
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  7. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA (711) Mar 28, 2009 California

    What’s a season? I’ve heard about those, but exactly sure. I live in California.
  8. beer_beer

    beer_beer (723) Feb 13, 2018 Finland

    I know what seasons are :grin:
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  9. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    LOL was going to say the same, we have Hot and Not so Hot.
  10. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA (711) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Lol. My buddy in AZ sends me pics of him drinking lagers by the pool in December.
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  11. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber (0) Jun 13, 2017 California

    Not intentionally. A lot of my favorite styles only are available during fall or winter
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  12. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I love having a stout on a snowy January night tho

    I don't think it would be enjoyable to be in 85 degree weather on Christmas.
  13. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA (711) Mar 28, 2009 California

    When it does get cold and rainy here I get excited to drink a stout or barleywine. However, I drink stouts and BWs year round. I am brewing a coffee milk stout next week, just in time for summer.
  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (964) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I too am a fan of drinking Oktoberfest (Marzen) beers in the fall. For me this style of beer and the beginning of crisp weather go well together. Seeing all of these beers sitting at my local Retail Beer Distributors 'baking' in the July/August heat just makes me shake my head.

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  15. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd (1,150) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    I only drink Oktoberfest beers by season but if they were available year-round I'd drink them in April.

    I find myself getting frustrated by breweries who release styles by the season. If I want a 10% ABV stout in July then give me a 10% ABV stout in July.
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  16. dennis3951

    dennis3951 (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Imperial Stouts late Fall, all Winter, Spring until it’s warm
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  17. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill (1,785) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    I'll be sipping on my Howler of Avery Pump[Kin], later today. :slight_smile:
  18. laketang

    laketang (969) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona

    Yup, Kolsch and gose are nice in summer, marzen in fall, porters and stouts in winter, and bocks in the spring.
  19. puck1225

    puck1225 (1,278) Dec 22, 2013 Texas
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    In my part of Texas it is hot, generally from April to November, then it cools off a bit. I buy seasonals as they are available. The weather is only weakly coupled to the beer styles I drink. Just had a great strong dark ale yesterday chased by a bright pale ale at Lone Pint Brewing- it was only 85 at the time.
  20. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan (0) Mar 15, 2014 California

    Stouts, all year long
  21. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    What is nice in AZ is that in December its 70 out but at night drops to 30s, so you get perfect weather in afternoon then at night bust out the stouts with a fire pit.
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  22. Spade

    Spade (737) Mar 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    My list would be similar to yours with some exceptions being very little pumpkin beer, sours, or fruit anything. Add in bocks in winter/spring, cream ales and kölsch for spring/summer, and pale ales (anyone remember those?) pretty much year-round.

    I'm also not fond of what passes for Christmas ales, which often seems to be a red ale with spices. Last year we homebrewed a chocolate mint stout and it was perfect for the holidays. We'll definitely do that again this year.
  23. bbtkd

    bbtkd (1,774) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Fall; Rum/Bourbon BA Imperial Stouts/Quads/Porters
    Winter; Rum/Bourbon BA Imperial Stouts/Quads/Porters
    Spring; Rum/Bourbon BA Imperial Stouts/Quads/Porters
    Summer; Rum/Bourbon BA Imperial Stouts/Quads/Porters
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  24. FBarber

    FBarber (1,797) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Hater :stuck_out_tongue:
    Im sensing a theme ...

    Yea, I am admittedly a somewhat seasonal drinker. I generally drink Stouts/barelywines/old ale/etc in the cold months ... and IPAs/DIPAs/Gose/Berliner/etc in the hotter months. Lagers/porters/pale ales are year round for me.
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  25. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus (0) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina

    I generally drink darker, heavier styles (imperial stouts, Belgian strong darks etc) mostly in the fall and winter months. But that's really the only instance of season affecting my beer preferences, as I drink barleywines and DIPAs year round.
  26. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead (1,081) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    My preferences are almost identical to yours, OP.
    There are no beer styles I won't drink any time of year, but I generally gravitate towards darker and stronger beers in cold months and paler and lighter ones in the warm months.
    Goses I don't drink much in the winter, though. That style is almost exclusively May-October.

    Also, I think seasonal-style drinking is more oriented to BAs in cooler climates that experience all four seasons. BAs in Florida, for example, will drink imperial stouts any time of the year because it's always hot. They probably don't connect the imperial stout to cold weather the way we northerners do.
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  27. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight (0) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Thought that beer was discontinued
  28. tmalt

    tmalt (0) Dec 17, 2015 Florida

    Summer: Hazy Little Thing ipa and SN pale ale
    Fall: SN Oktoberfest
    Winter: Celebration ipa, Narwhal stout and Bigfoot barley wine
    Spring: All of the above
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  29. basics

    basics (0) Oct 27, 2011 North Carolina

    Stout/Porter/BA beer
    Winter Warmer/Spiced/Christmas
    Belgian Dark
    Piney IPAs (Celebration mainly)

    Rye Beer
    Dry Saison

    Czech Pils
    session IPA
    Funky saisons/ funky beer in general
    Fruited sours

    Fall (the best beer season IMO)
    Wet Hop IPA
    Rustic Saison
  30. surfcaster

    surfcaster (0) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Some of the seasonal drinking naturally mirrors seasonal eating. Sure strawberries are available year-round but there’s no more magic than vine ripened local strawberries that we get in NC mid/lateMay.

    So it goes the same with the local Oktoberfests that aren’t available till Labor Day from our local OMB. I am jealous of the harvest season that the people in the Pacific Northwest get to enjoy. It is perhaps my favorite style of the hoppy family with its delicate freshness and piercing bitterness.

    Other than the few local spring bocks and seasonal winter warmer is, it seems the rest of the styles are generally available year-round but I still prefer to drink than the man of the OP has proposed.
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  31. cavedave

    cavedave (1,206) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Nope. I drink any style any time. I love every style I've tried (there are about ten styles I haven't tried, though). Part of my pleasure nowadays is switching up as often as possible. We are in the golden age of beer quality and beer style variety, and I will continue to take full advantage for as long as it stays this wonderful.
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  32. 57md

    57md (902) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'm pretty traditional in that I enjoy lighter body beers in warm weather and heartier beers as the weather gets cooler.

    Marzens and Pumpkins (yeah, I like 'em, wanna fight about it?) are the two styles that I most identify with any specific season. Also, high gravity Belgians just seem better to me around Christmastide. Similarly, I like Doopelbocks during Advent and Easter Week.
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  33. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson (1,068) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Lighter Lagers are pretty well restricted to the summery times of year.
    Oktoberfest beers for the end of summer and beginning of fall
    And best of all, fresh hop ales as soon as they come on the market. No season is greater than fresh hop season
  34. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill (1,785) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    It's kinda funny how a good Saison is anything but seasonal.
  35. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 (0) Feb 25, 2015

    Gose for summer BBQ’s
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  36. nc41

    nc41 (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I really like lighter styles in the spring and summer, it had to be 90-91 today. I had a nice Sierraveza that was ice cold after doing our back yard. You would have had to put a gun to my head to make me drink a 50 degree stout this afternoon everything in its place.
  37. TheStat

    TheStat (0) Oct 18, 2016 California

    You can definitely drink a tripel during the summer, tripel karmeliat says best served when it's warm out iirc.
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  38. bbtkd

    bbtkd (1,774) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I do enjoy a good cold Hefeweizen in the summer. I'll take that over any other beer on a hot day outdoors. A couple of years ago, my wife and I went on a several mile hike on a day with a 109 degree heat index. Our walked ended when we reached a hotel with an outdoor bar, and I got a local Hefeweizen which was served in an iced glass. Yes I know an iced glass is not the accepted way to serve a beer, but it was damn good!

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  39. marquis

    marquis (0) Nov 20, 2005 England

    Why do people regard Stout as a cold weather drink? It is popular in the Caribbean and the biggest Guinness brewery is in Nigeria.
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  40. AllOfTheCats

    AllOfTheCats (0) Mar 27, 2018 Wisconsin

    January - December is stout season for me.
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