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Everyone knows that foods have a season, but did you know that seasonal beers are also possible? Just like soup in winter, ice cream in summer and the way different fruits and veggies are “in season”, beers have their seasons too!

In winter, darker and heavier beers (sometimes called “winter warmers”) are popular as are beers that use spices reminiscent of the holidays – like cinnamon, clove and dried fruits. In spring it’s time for the bock beer, a German style beer that often comes around Lent or Easter. Of course summer beers include saisons and wheat beers – lighter ales that are perfect for warm weather and refreshing on a hot summer day. And in fall everyone loves a pumpkin ale. Pumpkin ales are everywhere these days, with many breweries getting in on that trend.

Also consider pairing your seasonal cooking with seasonal beers – both as a drink and as an ingredient!

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Breweries & Craft Brewing, Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing

Cooking with Beer 101

The next best thing to drinking beer? Cooking with it, of course!

German, Belgian and Irish heritages in the Midwest make it a common concept in the region, but the idea has spread to brewpubs and restaurants across the country. Ears perk up when they hear about a recipe influenced by beer. Not only does it give your restaurant a chance to experiment with new flavors (or your brewery a chance to test the food service waters), it can also be a good way to use up any seasonal beer stock your customers might not get around to drinking. You can find tons of excellent beer-based recipes online (start with the one at the end of this article, or find more here or here), or why not try making up your own concoction? Let’s look at some reasons why you might want to consider adding a few new beer-based recipes to your menu.

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The Best Midwest Seasonal Beer Selections for Any Season

We’ve collected some examples of beer types that pair well with each season along with some local examples to try!

Foods have their best seasons. There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of soup on a cold winter day except perhaps a cool ice cream cone on a hot summer night. Beers are no different. Beyond the usual spectrum of light and dark beers, many breweries expand their selections based on the season. Heartier brews fit perfectly during those hunkered down winter months, while warmer days encourage sweeter tastes and experimentation. We’ve collected some examples of beer types that pair well with each season along with some local examples to try for yourself before figuring out some new recipes.
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