Seasonality in beer consumption isn't just some kind of marketing invention. In those parts of the country fortunate (or unfortunate?) enough to have real weather changes to contend with, the body invariably starts crying out for certain brew profiles at certain points in the year.
A hot summer demands the refreshment that comes with a fruity hefeweizen or a lightly hopped session IPA.
The fall? Time for Märzens and pumpkin beer, which... fine, is entirely a marketing gimmick, but damn if they aren't tasty.
Winter? Many reach for the soul-warming comfort of an imperial stout, and they aren't wrong. But if you don't have barleywines atop your arsenal of "just get me through these next three months" provisions, you're missing out. There's a tremendous variance in flavor profiles -- from toffee-like sweetness to a "this is not what I was expecting" punch of hops -- yet they typically share a smooth drinkability that belies an ABV that typically checks in well north of 9%. They're like the liquid embodiment of curling up on a bearskin rug in front of a fire.
Also, ordering a barleywine makes you feel like you may have stumbled into a snowy tavern in Westeros, which hopefully you haven't, because that'd probably mean you'll be dead soon.
Instead, celebrate life! Raise a barleywine. Like many once-obscure styles, they've climbed in popularity to that point that there is an overabundance of fine examples, but here are some you should be more than happy to find warming your gullet this winter.