Favorite Fall Beers
October 1, 2019
Summer may be everyone’s favorite season, but fall is for beer lovers! There is nothing like throwing on a sweater, sitting around a bonfire, and enjoying a belly-warming fall beer. Breweries love to experiment with seasonal ales, so there are lots to choose from. Here is some info on yummy autumn ales!
First off, we should talk about pumpkin beer. Next to cilantro, pumpkin is the most polarizing flavor known to mankind. So it’s good to know a few tidbits of information in case a flavor debate erupts. Pumpkin beer started in the American Colonies when malt was not readily available, but pumpkins were! So, in the first pumpkin beers, this unique ingredeitn wasn’t a fall treat; it was a necessity. The meat of the pumpkin was used for its fermenting sugars instead of malt. After malt became more readily available, the use of pumpkin in the fermenting process fell out of vogue. Now, we see it as a delicious addition to our fall seasonal beers. Here are a few pumpkin beers that are on your “Must Drink Fall Beers 2019” list.
Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
This is the OG Pumpkin Ale. Buffalo Bill’s Brewery started producing this pumpkin ale in the 1980’s from a recipe that George Washington wrote. It has a heavy pumpkin taste and is light on the nutmeg.
Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale
Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale is one of the highest-rated and most widely-available pumpkin beers. This beer blends the spice of pumpkin pie in with the taste of pumpkin. Schlafly uses real pumpkin in the fermentation process, so you get the spiciness of the clove and nutmeg with the balance of actual pumpkin. It’s pretty, too! With its reddish amber glow, you’ll love to look at it as you enjoy this glass of fall.
Tailgate’s Pumpkin Spiced Latte
You can tell they named it right by the smell! It’s just like stepping in to a coffee shop and ordering up a pumpkin latte, wafting creamy, vanilla, nutmeg, and allspice. It has a light coffee taste, but is heavy on the pumpkin spice. This is a fun hybrid of a milk stout and pumpkin beer.
Obviously, fall beer is synonymous with Bavarian beers. Oktoberfest is the world’s most famous beer fest, and it was started in celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage in 1810. The original festival centered around a horse race, with a few beer stands scattered around. As time progressed, the horse races were abandoned, and the beer stands morphed in to beer tents that abutted the breweries. The world celebrates this Bavarian tradition in the fall, and here are some of the best.
Sierra Nevada’s Faust Miltenberger Oktoberfest
Sierra Nevada is one of America’s top breweries, and its Oktoberfest beer does not disappoint. It pours a crisp and clear golden hue with a fizzy head. It’s a glass of caramel bread with spicy Noble hops, though it is not too heavy. This is a definite must.
Ayinger’s Oktober Fest Marzen
Ayinger is one of Bavaria’s favorite breweries, even though it is not in Munich, and thus cannot take part in the authentic Oktoberfest celebrations. However, its Oktoberfest beer is a staple, heavy on cereal and malt with floral notes for a perfect balancing act.
Paulaner Original Munchner Marzen
Paulaner Brewery was founded in 1634 by the Minim Friars in Munich. It is one of the six breweries that produce beer for the Oktoberfest celebrations. This beer has the classic toasted malt taste with a finish of hops and a creamy texture.
Stouts are another type of beer that are perfect for sitting around the campfire. Brewers can add cocoa nibs, peanuts, coffee, and/or lactose to make multiple delectable combinations of deliciousness.
New Belgium Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole
Have you ever had a spicy chocolate beer? Your search is over, because Cocoa Mole is a chocolate porter that screams cocoa, ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers. That sounds scary, but it’s only scary delicious. The pepper is balanced with caramel and chocolate, giving it a very refreshing yet complex flavor.
Foothills Brewing’s Sexual Chocolate
This Russian Imperial Stout infused with cocoa nibs gives a big chocolate and coffee taste with notes of molasses and toffee. It’s won medals at Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.
So now that you have a multitude of tasty fall beers to choose from, grab a scarf, rake some leaves, and gather round the bonfire with a festive fall beer!