Our own craft beer enthusiast, Bob the Brew Master, has been keeping busy scooping out the latest in the world of craft beer. Today, he shares with us the latest trends and pairing ideas for the big games and the holidays.
What are the latest brew trends we’re seeing this winter?
Winter brings out the higher alcohol beers that are typically darker and often spiced. Although with the popularity of IPA’s I’m looking forward to some aggressively hopped double IPA’s this winter. This Saturday, November 8th is International Stout Day — another beer style to consider this season. While stout beers appear dark, most are creamy and rich, sometimes even sweet. If you’re traveling this holiday season, I highly recommend tasting some regional stouts when you are in town. Whether you pick up a local brew at the nearest WineStyles or local brewery, it’s all about “taste, learn and enjoy”. I recently had the opportunity of enjoying a St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout in Montreal, a rich brew punctuated by espresso and chocolate notes, topped with a thick, creamy head with just a hint of mocha.
What beers would you recommend to enjoy with big games?
There are some great seasonal beers available now, like Goose Island Mild Winter, Bells Winter White Ale, Sam Adams Fat Jack and Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. These are great selections on game day.
Malty beers tend to go well with turkey & stuffing things like Stone Brewery Levitation Ale, Flying Dog Old Scratch or Oskar Blues Old Chub and for dessert Southern Tier Choklat Stout.
Any recommendations on what beers would make a great gift for beer connoisseurs?
Seasonal Holiday beers always make a great gift basket or stocking stuffer like Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve.
Why do you think the beer club is a great idea?
Having a beer expert suggest fantastic new craft beers for me to enjoy every month – what’s better than that?
Want to learn more about craft beer or submit a question to Bob? Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for the next posting. Cheers to your holiday celebrations!