A few weeks back, the Washington Post had an article about what drinks you should enjoy in the winter months, or rather, how to stock a bar so as to not embarrass yourself in front of seasonal guests.
The writer recommends Maker’s Mark bourbon, and although enjoyable, I’d prefer the (slightly) more expensive Knob Creek. Of course, I’m no expert on these things — but the experts will always tell you to go with what works for you. It’s always a good idea to stock a few bottles of wine, perhaps some Cabernets which go well by the fireside. A few sparkling wines or champagnes for aperitifs or dessert wines are nice to have, too. In the after-dinner drink category, Port wines and Scotch (I’m partial to Laphroaig) should always be included.
The diversity of tastes and preferences among beer lovers knows no rival, so despite our beer-snobbery, keep a few Bud Lights on hand for the less adventurous. Rogue Ales makes a robust Christmas ale which reminds me of something else I’ve had before, although I can’t place my finger on it. Samuel Adams also makes a very interesting and complex Christmas seasonal, Old Fezziwig which I’d also recommend for those seeking something richer than the typical American-style light lager beers, which I try to avoid at all cost. Local to Michigan, the Third Coast Old Ale brewed by Bell’s, might be a little (or a lot) harder to find throughout the rest of the country, but if you see it on tap at your local brewpub, or in the aisle of your favorite purveyor of fine spirits, give it a try.