Autumn arrives every year like an old friend asking to crash on your couch. We reluctantly say goodbye to our better-looking and more popular friend, Summer, who partied with us for several glorious months and then left us suddenly. Now we’re alone, sitting in a freezing pool filling up with leaves wondering where the margarita mix went. We feel so used. But cheer up dear friends, because the Fall Beer Season has arrived! Oktoberfest! Lederhosen everywhere! Rich, full-bodied ales, IPAs, browns, ports and more await your palate. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled an all-star 6-pack of the best autumn beers on the market right now.
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
This bold flavored ale has become a popular choice when the calendar flips to September and for good reason. It combines a refreshing malty flavor with a spicy kick, yet still goes down easy considering the 6 percent ABV. We are awarding extra points here for that gorgeous label. So much pageantry, we want to climb into that setting and dance across a mountain meadow.
Davey Brown Ale (beer image)
Courtesy of the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company in Buellton, CA, this mocha-colored beer is named after a lesser-known pioneer—he probably would have been better known, but legend has it he found a bar he really liked. Anyway, this has a hoppy sweetness to it and a bit of a boozy finish. But really, this is the time of year when you want a boozy finish.
Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest
With hints of toffee and spice, this is fall in a bottle. Dead Ringer is perfect for tailgating, because it says “I’m here to have fun and enjoy the game, but I’m not going to paint my face.” Classy.
Flounders Breakfast Stout
Okay, this one maybe isn’t for everyone. Beer for breakfast? Has this Grand Rapids, Michigan-based brewery gone mad? After trying this unique concoction, infused with Gibraltar milk chocolate and coffee beans, we don’t think so. It’s not really meant for breakfast, but you know what they say, it’s 7 am somewhere. This actually makes for a nice little dessert. And, look at that cute baby on the bottle! Breathtaking.
Russian River Happy Hops
There is no rule that a fall beer has to be dark. This unique Sonoma microbrew is not quite a blonde, or an IPA or a pale ale. It can’t be defined by your labels, man. What it is though, is delicious with a not at all unpleasant blend of caramel and pine. An ideal choice for a warmer Autumn afternoon.
Finally, something pumpkin flavored. Okay, there are plenty of pumpkin options, but Allagash’s light golden understated Ghoulschip is our pick. Brewed with local pumpkins, molasses and raw pumpkin seeds and then fermented for 3 years, this is well worth the wait.