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Old 11-21-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default Summer time versus.........

I dunno if I'll ever graduate from this forum asking questions like this, but here goes.

I keep reading about certain beers being good for summertime brews. Now I'm assuming this to be because one may be hot and thirsty from coming in after a day of bailing hay, mowing the yard etc. How are these different from those that people describe as a winter beers, or a Christmas beer? etc.

But I'm also wondering if this could be a different style of brewing based on environment, such as basement or house temps.

The reason I ask, most of these seems to be lighter beers; which is to my liking. Would there be a particular reason as to these beers only needing to be brewed in one season and not the other?

Sorry if it's a crappy question, but it is something I've been wondering.



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Old 11-21-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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You can brew the type of beer you want all year long, but when I think of summer beer, I think of light ales, Blondes mostly. A blonde ale is perfect after mowing the grass versus a dark stout for example.



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You pretty much answered your own questions. Would you really want to mow the lawn on a 95 degree day while drinking a stout?

I prefer lighter beers when the weather is hot and I'm outside but at night anything goes.

Something about a light pale ale or a wheat beer that just goes well with warm weather.

Some seasonal beers like Oktoberfest, Pumpkin ales, etc go well with the spicy smell of dry fall leaves, halloween and thanksgiving treats!

personally I can drink a good pale ale year round but I do tend to brew lagers and darker or stronger beers in the winter. Nothing warms you up faster than a good imperial IPA!


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There really is nothing set in stone. You will notice commercial breweries putting out seasonal brews based on the time of year. Summer ale, winter lager, pumpkin ale, and so on. Basically it is beers that have a tasted associated with that time of year. Summer ales have nice crisp citrus notes and are easy to drink on a warm day. Winter lagers are darker and make you feel warm. Pumpkin ales well I think one is obvious lol

But the nice thing about brewing your own beer is if you really like summer ales, you can brew them in November. Or you can brew an Oktoberfest and drink it in April. There really is no right or wrong. Summer ale is good in the summer because it is easy to drink on a hot day...but what if you live in Texas or FL when even in October it is still hot. You can drink a summer ale.

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