Cold weather always seems to make the taste buds yearn for something a bit stronger than the rest of the year, and that is certainly apparent here. Belgian ales, which are typically a bit more potent by nature, or Stouts were the clear winners in this poll, with the occasional barelywine coming in third. Cheers to the season for sure!
The popularity (or lack there of) for Spiced Ales was a bit of an outlier from my expectations. All the "Noel" style beers are mulled or spiced for the most part, but yet they do not seem to nake it to the tables of those who responded. As long as these offerings are not overspiced, the seasonal beers always seem to pair well with the robust and favorable foods of the holidays, in my opinion. I would have expected them to be more popular. Huh.
Let us know what your thoughts are on the topic. And if you are reading this, our next blog poll is up and awaiting your participation.
"A wise son brings joy to his father, but the wiser son brings beer."