No rules! for me. Seasonal beers do make sense too. Nothing wrong with drinking them off season too. It can be somewhat, nostalgic? like music. If winter is pissing me off I may play summer stuff in rebellion.
I really love stout during the season that runs from January until December.
Also a warming Belgian dark strong is great during misk*.
Can't celebrate the beginning, middle and end of the year without an alt though
In all seriousness, I do have beers that match weather and seasons in my head- always go stout heavy around autumn and try and bust out at least one lager/pils type any time from spring onwards. APAs and bitters get a run throughout the year. Generally though, all beer is good beer, all year**
*misk historically runs for twelve months but has no specific beginning or end point.
**except if it’s shit
Last Edit: Sept 7, 2018 21:19:46 GMT 10 by manticle
Yeah not sure how much I stick to seasons, but sometimes the moment strikes and I really enjoy it. Other times I get nostalgic for the opposite season, much like soup in summer, because why should soup only be in winter.
Not really a seasonal brewer, but....I do like a strong, rich stout on our day of winter ( in particularly brutal years we have an extended season of 3 or 4 days), but in the height of summer something I can down a dozen schooners of and wake up fresh the next morning is the go, between 4-4.5% abv is perfect.
Last Edit: Sept 7, 2018 20:28:59 GMT 10 by Wereprawn
Generally I'm anything goes but sometimes I'll match a beer to the temperature, not the season. If I'm outside next to the fire on a cool night or shivering my nuts off in my cold-as-fork shed I'll have a porter for example, because I am personally cold.
I've had the shits with recent local club meetings because everyone's brought a bloody stout, or schwarzbier, or something equally malty/dark while I'm the odd one out bringing other stuff. When I asked whether anyone had brought a nice light ale or even a light lager I was promptly told "well it's winter after all", as though the outside temperature somehow affected us as we milled around the climate controlled room @ 22C.
Don’t even think beer, season etc. My all round brew is English Bitter (alway on tap) and then anything I might fancy. Nothing wrong with a milk stout with a roast on a hot day. If it tastes good, pours well and cold then down it goes.
I have a problem:- I hate empty kegs so I fill them but I hate full ones so I drink them.
A beer a day keeps the doctor a way. A keg a day keeps the coffin at bay