Monday, September 17, 2012

Five Favorite Fall Beers

Tis the season....for BEER! (Although in my opinion, it is always the season for beer.)
In all seriousness, though--autumn weather combined with pastimes like tailgating, football, pumpkin picking, and bonfires work harmoniously with a bold autumn brew.
I've come up with 5 of my favorite fall seasonal beers, although I could easily name 100.
The first 4 can be found almost anywhere in the United States (although in some areas more heavily than others), and the last is a Baltimore home brew that I just had to add because I love it all year round.

1. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale (8% ABV)
Weyerbacher Pumkin is what first got me on the pumpkin beer bandwagon about a year ago. It was on draft at a local bar, and on a whim, I ordered it, not sure what to expect. As soon as I took a sip of this hearty, spicy, bold amber ale, I was a believer. Just don't drink it too fast--it's a strong one, guys. At 8% ABV, this ale is much stronger than a typical light beer's 3 to 5%.
2. Dogfish Head Punkin (7% ABV)

A pretty little 4-pack of this brew was waiting for me on Friday when I got home from work (brownie points for the boyfriend!), and it is already gone. This beer is made with organic brown sugar & spices, and is the perfect compliment to a brisk fall day.
3. Southern Tier Pumking (8.6%)
Out of all the beers on this list, Southern Tier's Pumking definitely packs the biggest punch at 8.6% ABV. With hints of pecan, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, you can't go wrong. This stuff is like crack.
4. Fat Tire Amber Ale (5.2% ABV)
Fat Tire has many seasonal blends, but I am a big fan of their Amber Ale, which consists of "toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness." This brew is popping up on taps all over Baltimore, and I couldn't be happier. Plus, I will gladly endorse any company with the belief that "we're not only passionate about great beer, it's also important to us to try to be a role model of sustainable business practices." (check it out here).

Oh, and there's a snazzy red bicycle on the label. 'Nuff said.
5. Brewer's Art Ozzy (7.25% ABV)
This is a Baltimore exclusive. Located in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, The Brewer's Art is a restaurant with amazing food, unique atmosphere, and of course, home-brewed beers. My favorite is Ozzy, a Belgian-style that is "Both rich and dry...this beer is
all too easy to consume in large quantities".
What are some of your favorite beers for the autumn season?

I am always up for trying new-to-me brews.


  1. I really wish I liked pumpkin beer! I love pumpkin. I love beer. Just not together. I suppose I am a purist when it comes to beer. I don't want it to taste like coffee or chocolate or anything! :)

    1. I can respect that! I honestly wasn't sure I'd like them either for that very reason. I still am not a huge fan of the coffee stouts even though I looove coffee!


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