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Tap Into This Year's Best Fall Beers

As the leaves begin to change and autumn is officially underway, it’s time to consider which seasonal beers to add to your lineup. We’ve compiled a list of six favorite fall styles so you can start serving delicious beers today, including flavors as crisp as the leaves on the ground and as warm as your favorite sweater. We're sure you and your customers will be enjoying these all season long!

Amber Ale Styles

These malty beers offer a deep amber color that matches the leaves outside, while boasting a warm flavor that makes them perfect for when sweater season is upon us.

Give These a Try:

  • New Belgium Red Hoptober, 6.0% ABV
  • Great Lakes Nosferatu, 8.0% ABV
  • BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red, 6.0% ABV
  • Weyerbacher AutumnFest Ale, 5.4% ABV

Oktoberfest Styles

Oktoberfest Beer

Although the original Oktoberfest was held in celebration of a Bavarian royal wedding in the early 19th century, the birth of the Oktoberfest beer gives us a reason to still celebrate today. This style features a toasted, bready flavor with relatively low hop bitterness. Dirndls and lederhosen optional.

Give These a Try:

  • Victory Brewing Company Festbier, 5.6% ABV
  • Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier, 5.8% ABV
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn, 6.0% ABV
  • Flying Dog Dogtoberfest, 5.6% ABV

Wet Hop Beer Styles

Most beer is made with hops that have been harvested, dried, and shipped to the brewery for production. Beer made with wet hops is different and can truly be called seasonal because the hops must be used within 24 hours of harvesting. The result is something earthy, with a nice citrus flavor and floral aroma. Serve this style as soon as possible, as the flavors are best enjoyed fresh.

Give These a Try:

  • Founder’s Brewing Company Harvest Ale, 7.6% ABV
  • Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest, 6.7% ABV
  • Deschutes Brewery Hop Trip, 6.1% ABV
  • Two Brothers Brewing Heavy-Handed Wet Hopped IPA, 6.7% ABV

Stouts & Porters

Stout

When autumn sets in, lighter summer beers are moved aside in favor of darker and more filling options. Stouts and porters offer rich, malty notes that are often complemented by caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Pair them with a hearty fall stew for a comforting seasonal treat.

Give These a Try:

  • Founders Brewing Company Breakfast Stout, 8.3% ABV
  • Bell’s Expedition Stout, 10.5% ABV
  • Milwaukee Brewing Company Sasquash, 5.0% ABV
  • Double Barley Brewing Gourd Rocker, 9.4% ABV

Big IPA Styles

As the temperatures continue to fall, the alcohol content of the beers you serve should rise. IPAs that pair piney flavors and floral aromas with a high ABV are sure to warm your customers up and convince them to stay a while.

Give These a Try:

  • Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, 15-20% ABV
  • Tröegs Nimble Giant, 9% ABV
  • Stone Brewing Company Ruination IPA, 8.5% ABV
  • Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, 9.1% ABV

Pumpkin Beer Styles

Pumpkin Beer

The minute September 1st rolls around, pumpkin domination begins and doesn’t truly end until winter is over. Pumpkin beer is a popular part of this trend, and although not every beer lover is on board, you should offer at least one pumpkin style for those who can’t get enough. With warm spices like cinnamon and vanilla mingling with the quintessential fall gourd, what’s not to love?

Give These a Try:

  • Weyerbacher Brewing Company Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 8.6% ABV
  • Southern Tier Pumking, 8.6% ABV
  • Elysian Brewing Great Pumpkin Imperial Ale, 8.% ABV
  • Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale, 6.1% ABV

Give your customers a reason to indulge this year by adding seasonal beers to the lineup at your restaurant or bar. The weather may be getting colder, but luckily, fall beer will be around to keep you warm. For more information on beer styles and serving suggestions, check out our comprehensive beer guide.

Posted in: Seasonal | Bars & Breweries | By Sabrina Bomberger
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