by Nathan Hak Beerjournalist at Beerwulf.com
Winter has arrived...Nathan's favourite beers to enjoy during cold days
From the 28th October we’ll gain another precious hour in bed, marking the start of the autumn and winter months. The days get shorter and colder, and for most, this isn’t necessarily a time associated with enjoying fresh, cool beers.
Does the end of summer mean the end of beer? Does cold weather mean frozen-over casks and is the holiday season only about sickly mulled wine and mince pies? We’re here to assure you that this doesn’t have to be the case!
Winter calls for rich, strong, complex and spicy beers. Much like wine, winter beers are supped slowly, before or after a meal, and don’t need to be ice cold like summer beers. They are not there to quench the thirst; they’re there to taste and enjoy.
Try Nathan's favourite winter beers!
Named by the World Beer Cup and World Beer Awards 2018 as best tripel in the world within just 2 years of being released - can’t be a bad thing! The Lefort Tripel is packed with fruity and spicy flavours from the yeast, and has everything that’s needed from a tripel. Perfect for when the sun goes down, whatever time that might be.
A classic beef stew is a perfect meal for when the days are getting shorter. Let it sit on the stove for hours on a low, slow heat. In the meantime, try this dubbel.
It goes especially well with classic beef beef bourguignon: those French herbs match nicely with the Gruit in the beer. It’s also perfectly acceptable to replace the wine with this beer in the dish.
This is one of the heaviest beers we have in the Beerwulf assortment. It is brewed in the Belgian tradition of heavy beers: sweet, with some dried fruit and caramel notes. Due to the alcohol content, it’s also very warming. But take your time with this one and relax.
Bock is a typical autumn/winter beer in the Netherlands. It suits the season well with its ruby colour and caramel taste. Lekkerinde Kauw means in Dutch: nicely in the cold (weather). Perfect for really cold days.
Weizen is a beer almost everyone enjoys! This is an amber coloured one, so it has some slight caramel flavours, next to the typical weizen flavours of banana and clove. A perfect year-round weizen, but it’s even better in the darker, shorter days.
Fruity, drinkable and bitter: that's IPA. Searching for an IPA that’s not heavy, but suits the colder weather? A Rye Pale Ale is your beer! Rye gives the beer a warm, herbal touch, as well as a more silky mouthfeel.
Based on the Russian Imperial Stout, this is a classic one. This style of beer was invented to export stout to Russia, because the Tsarina was a big fan of it. Why? Because it's great during Russian winters! There are lots of roasted chocolate flavours, so it’s great with grilled or roasted beef, and delectable alongside dark chocolate desserts.
Some people think autumn is all about the pumpkin, but the season goes just as nicely with hazelnut. And this maty brown beer has plenty of it!
Don’t let the shorter days get you down: there’s plenty of new beer to be discovered and flavours to devour. To browse our whole selection, check out :