Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dark beer season returns!

Dark Beer seasonThat's it! I can no longer wait any longer. The calendar says Fall and the thermometer is quickly dipping into the 40's at night and that can only mean one thing. It's dark beer season again!

If you're like me, you've been stockpiling dark brews for a while now and have waited for the 90 degree heat to go away. The Fall and football season is usually all the excuse I need to pop open those wonderful stouts and porters.

Some of you may say, "now hold on, what about Oktoberfest season with all those yummy German lagers and pumpkin ales?" Yes, yes, I haven't forgotten those either. Just the other day I was caught drinking a Left Hand Brewing's Oktoberfest fresh from the store. I won't completely forget about those beers and still look forward to tossing back a few glasses of the harvest style ales & lagers. But! I'm also opening the doors to the dark side as well.

Many of the good folks over on the social media sites know me for my love of the dark brew. I tend to go into withdraws of the dark ales come the May time frame. And for the next 4 months or so, I put away my desire for those roastier brew and favor the lighter side. You know, summer seasonals, wheat beers, pilsners, etc.

But let's face it. Summer's over! The kids are back in school, the NFL kicks off tonight, fantasy football leagues are in full swing and my beer cellar is once again stocked with stouts.

I like to kick off the dark beer season with a nice Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout. This wonderlicious dark brew is a hefty 9.2% ABV and is as dark as an Alaskan winter night. I poured one into my handy snifter glass and relished at the dark roasty, coffee like aromas. Mmmm, that sure hit the spot. Oh how I missed you dark brew!

So rejoice dark beer lovers. The long summer heat is over. Time to stock up on the dark brew and embrace the dark side once again!

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