Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Winter, and its delicious beers, loom again

In my rearview mirror last week as I drove south out of Durango, snow blanketed the La Platas.

This means it's time to start thinking about winter beers. Personally, I say bring it on. I enjoy a good wheat ale or German-style lager in the summer, but winter is the season of imperial stouts and barley wines. Now that's beer.

I'm prepared. I've saved a couple Ska Dementias that should taste great when the city of Durango is busy plowing snow into my car. Also, a couple Deschutes' The Abyss, the wonderful imperial stout; and barley wines from Santa Fe Brewing and Pelican Brewing.

At the moment, a Durango Dark Lager accompanies my viewing of the baseball playoffs. I'm especially looking forward to drinking some Steamworks Backside Stout at Purgatory.

Drink up those yellow beers. It's time for beers that intimidate.


  1. I'm with ya soggy! As I've grown older (just hit 30 earlier this month), my taste buds have gravitated towards the darker end of the beer spectrum...I LOVE this time of year!I am getting ready to brew my own "Winter Warmer Ale" that should be ready to drink in mid December! Backside Stout and Steel Toe Stout are definitely two of my "go-to" beers! Cheers!

  2. When the bartender at Breckenridge's lodo location told me "I don't drink dark beers in the summer", I basically heard "I don't like blonde girls during the week" in other words, it made no sense. I am happy for winter because more breweries put out more beers that quench my neverending thirst for the darkest and tastiest beer possible.

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