Stouts Have a Season Duh

Eno Sarris, December 11, 2014

We all know when stouts are popular. They are winter beers, obviously!  

But when we look at the average rating for certain styles, they don't change. If you like a style in spring, you like it in summer. Maybe that's weird. Stout lovers will drink a stout and give it good ratings, any time of the year.

The people making the beers don't feel the same way. They make new beers according to the seasons. Look at stouts, for example. Right now is prime stout territory.

That graph shows new stouts added by date. It looks like it shows a popular season that starts in November and ends in February or March. Which works with intuition. 

But maybe you want to compare it. Let's look at ciders, just as an example. 

There's really none of the same conformity. It's just a big band of beer. 

This is a counter-argument against the idea that the seasons, and the harvest times, are really important to the sours. Yes, sours have seasons, but if ciders don't have definitive seasons, then the cider seasons are probably not determined by the apple harvest. And the sour seasons are not determined by the berry harvests.

It's okay, it's just a little thing. Stouts are popular when you thought they were popular. That's okay. Tis the season. 

Sometimes it feels good just to point at something obvious and say, yup, we were right.