Fall Flavors That Are Sure to Keep Guests Engaged Through the Winter

Fall Flavors That Are Sure to Keep Guests Engaged Through the Winter

The weather shifts again and guests will soon be clamoring for all things autumn.

Higher octane and fuller-flavored brews paired with bold-flavored dishes that keep the menu offerings clean and satisfying, should round out seasonal menu changes.

The savvy guests visiting your establishment will be expecting seasonal flavors, prepared in ways that incorporate spices and ingredients from all over the world. Guests have moved beyond the American fall classics and are ready for your interpretation of a world-influenced fall dish.

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The Days Get Shorter and the Beers Get Bigger: Winter Beers Explained

The Days Get Shorter and the Beers Get Bigger: Winter Beers Explained

Let’s begin with a small amount of beer terminology. When I say that beers are getting bigger this time of year, I am not talking about their actual size; I’m talking about flavor and alcohol content. The end of the year is, for many, a time for contemplation, relaxation, and some well-earned indulgence. If you are one of those people, then do yourself a favor and make winter beers your companion for the weeks and months ahead. 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Time for some more beer terminology: ABV, or alcohol by volume. There should be no confusion as to why winter brings out the big ABVs. It’s cold outside, and a hefty ABV helps warm you from the inside out. It’s as simple as that. Plus, warm weather needs beer that is somewhat thirst quenching. More quaffable ABVs are what’s needed in those months. No one in their right mind would swig down 10 percent ABV beers trying to quench their thirst. That’s a recipe for disaster. But in the winter, we can sip and savor, so stronger beers just make more sense.

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Understanding the History and Trend Cycle of Pumpkin Beer

Understanding the History and Trend Cycle of Pumpkin Beer

By Fred Crudder, Foodable Industry Expert

Pumpkin beers are wildly popular these days. It is a seasonal phenomenon. No other seasonal beer erupts so suddenly, and with such force, that it dominates the landscape the way pumpkin beer does. This has not always been the case though. The pumpkin beer “craze” has its origins in the 1980s. However, it did not catch fire with American beer drinkers until fairly recently. The pumpkin beer phenomenon is actually just part of a flat­-out pumpkin spice craze that has swept the country. According to a recent study by Nielsen, the sales of pumpkin spiced foods have grown by 79 percent since 2011. Think about that for a minute.

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