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Cold weather brings on a taste for fuller-bodied, more potent beer

Paul McErlean of Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. in Saratoga Springs raises a fresh Imperial Stout the company produces. Stronger, darker autumn and winter beers have become more popular as colder weather shows up.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Paul McErlean of Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. in Saratoga Springs raises a fresh Imperial Stout the company produces. Stronger, darker autumn and winter beers have become more popular as colder weather shows up.
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People can tell when winter is coming. Cool weather, falling leaves and dark afternoons are sure signs. Dark beers are other clues. When people are stacking firewood, they’re often stocking heartier bottles of amber, red or nut brown brews in their refrigerators. Andy Sparhawk, who coordinates the craft beer program for the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colo., knows men and women appreciate a light beer or two or three after mowing the lawn on a ...

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