When it's hot out, we crave light, refreshing beer. Lagers, pilsners, and wheat ales reign supreme during the summer months. As soon as the air cools and we reach for our flannels and knit scarves, we start craving fuller flavours.
The association of certain beers with the seasons originated due to actual production. In the days before refrigeration, it wasn't possible to brew beer in the summer or save fresh hops throughout the winter, so brewers did their work in the fall after the harvest season. The cold weather allowed them to store beers for longer, especially those with higher alcohol percentage like stouts and doublebocks. If there were any hops and barley left by the spring, they'd use these to make lighter and quicker fermenting beers.
Lucky for us, we can now drink any type of beer any time of year! But we still find ourselves reaching for darker, maltier beers come winter-time.
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Jasper Brewing Co.
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Here are some of our favourite local winter beers:
This beer goes deep into our Albertan soil, literally. This Edson based brew, Black Spruce Porter, comes straight from the Black Spruce Trees that grow in our own backyard. It showcases deep flavors of molasses, chocolate, coffee and hints a taste of raisin and plum. The full-bodied beer will remind you of the delicious baked goods you enjoy every winter season. Find this beer near you!
This upcoming chilly winter season will have you craving this rich and malty porter. Located just 1.5 hours west across the B.C / Alberta border in the small town of Valemount, we have Three Ranges Brewing Co. They have brewed up a beer that will be sure to have us chocolate lovers dancing in the snow!
Tip: Want to try this delicious porter while in Jasper? Head over the Jasper Legion and have a pint (or two!).