Whether you love the colder weather that fall is beginning to present, or you’re already missing those long summer days, there’s a good chance you always need your brew nice and cold. Beer is something that can be as bland as butter and pasta, or as full and dynamic as Kylie Jenner’s fake lips. Surely, the beer snobs and beer snob wannabes of the world know very well that the fall can bring out the best and worst of these beloved alcoholic beverages. Every year, there seems to be a new microbrew at the front of the pack. So if you want to look like you know your shit about craft beer past the one everyone’s raving about, here’s our curated list to help you through those conversations at your favorite hipster bar.
The Bruery’s Autumn Maple
If you love fall but are sick of the “Pumpkin Spice” everything, then the Autumn Maple is for you. This beer brings a spicy and maple syrup taste that’ll get you in the fall mood in a non-basic way. The beer also has a whopping 10% ABV if you’re looking to get a decent liquor coat for the chilly weather.
Elysian Night Owl’s Pumpkin Beer
People often forget about the second part of the phrase, “pumpkin spice.” The additions of spices to give that pumpkin flavor a kick can separate basic pumpkin beers from the truly special. Night Owl Pumpkin’s heaving blending of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice is what makes this fall beer a bit different from your typical autumn brew.
Thomas Hooker’s Octoberfest Lager
This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention a beer dedicated to the world-renowned Oktoberfest in Germany. This particular entry is crafted in true German spirit and technique, as the Hooker Octoberfest is made via German malting techniques that lead to very full-bodied beer with a memorable aroma.
Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale
Dogfish Head is mostly known for their excellent IPA’s, but their special edition fall Pumpkin Ale is completely deserving of some notoriety as well. Keeping it simple with pumpkin, nutmeg and a brown sugar base, the Punkin Ale shows that superior brewing techniques is what’s key to an all-around good beer, no matter the season.
Brauerei Hellers Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
The best beers don’t need a bunch of fancy flavor’s, clever names, or themed bottles. A masterfully crafted beer is very often, just that: beer. The German-born Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock is a strong dark beer that is the definition of a full bodied brew. Only available during the winter time, it takes literally weeks to prepare, and it’s the simplicity of the Aecht’s completeness that brings it to the top of our list.
What’s your favorite beer of the Fall season? Is there any you think we missed? Check out the video for judging a good beer below if you’re looking to up your beer snobsmanship!