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Old 05-12-2009, 02:34 AM   #1
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Please...
will someone please explain to me what is this thing called "Seasonal Beers" ?

I mean... this style of beer is more suitable for winter times... then in the blazing summer days you want more like this pale and light blonde Ale... and so on... A red one for Halloween to put the icing on the cake?

Sorry but i dont get it...

As long as any beer is served chilled to me... i dont give a shiat what season im in, i will appreciate any style.

To me, there isnt such a thing as a winter Ale... or a Summer Brew...
It's all good to me as long as it's good and served cold.

I usually alternate my brewing as this: "A blonde, A dark one almost stout, an amber or plain Red... then again a blonde..." not even caring about wich time of the year im in...

Am i alone thinking it's complete bull****?
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:37 AM   #2
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Agreed! My favorite beer on a hot summer day? Stout. My favorite beer on a cold winter night? Stout. My favorite beer on a cool fall evening? Yeah, same thing.

As long as fermentation temperatures can be controlled, I say brew what you want, when you want, and drink it!
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:38 AM   #3
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It's known as marketing.

 
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:43 AM   #4
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i think the idea of seasonal brews goes back to oktoberfest and lagering during the winter to enjoy in march (marzen). once brewing companies latched on to the concept, bam, you've got winter ale, summer ale, blah, blah, blah.

i wholeheartedly agree with "any brew, anytime".
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:28 AM   #5
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If you haven't read the history of oktoberfest you should, like andriod said it was definately a seasonal deal.

But now that we have technology to make any style of beer any time... I'd go w/marketing too. Then again I like just about any style of beer. The one beer I see as a summertime beer is a hefe tho. Some reason when I'm outside on a warm summer day that's what I'll order. Perhaps there simply isn't a market for 50 varieties of sam adams so they pick some that they call "seasonal" and just market them in their respective times of the year. If you happen to like one and it's only available in summer months, odds are you'll buy the hell out of it whereas you might not if it were always available.

 
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:41 AM   #6
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I don't know, pilsner and IPA's go great in the summer. Stout and dopplebock are better in the winter.
Why? Because pilsner and IPAs are refreshing. Stout and dopplebock is thick warming and NOT served ice cold.

 
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:44 AM   #7
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Think of season as "limited time". the burger chains do it with their burgers and whatnot from time to time as well.

 
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:13 AM   #8
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I think it would stem from brewing with items available during the season in question, such as pumpkin ale in the fall.

But yeah, it's all marketing now.
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:17 AM   #9
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I think it would stem from brewing with items available during the season in question, such as pumpkin ale in the fall.

But yeah, it's all marketing now.
You guys don't feel that a malty or really malty and strong (dopplebock, wee heavy) just go better in the winter than summer?

 
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:36 AM   #10
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You guys don't feel that a malty or really malty and strong (dopplebock, wee heavy) just go better in the winter than summer?
I agree. Getting off the lawn mower on a hot day and then drinking a stout does not appeal to me.

 
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