Summer is finally over which means that some of our favorite brewing companies have started to roll out their seasonal beers just in time for Fall and Oktoberfest. Fall is all about harvest flavors like spice and pumpkin as well as sweet, crisp flavors like caramel and apple. Here are a few of the best and most exciting beers Autumn has to offer.
As hard cider Fanatics we couldn’t go without mentioning the limited release by one of our favorites; Woodchuck. Combining the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and American white oak this unique beverage offers a flavorful cinnamon-apple cider and a perfect drink for a crisp autumn day. This fall drink from Vermont brewer Woodchuck is sold in six packs and contains 5 percent alcohol making it alright to have a few in one go.
The innovative brewing company Dogfish Head has turned out some interesting brews in the past and their Punkin Ale is no different. Having won the 1994 Punkin Chunkin Recipe contest this beer serves as a delicious yearly ode to Punkin Chunkin. With a mix of organic brown sugar, pumpkin meat and spices this full-bodied ale is sure to please and comes with a hefty 7 percent alcohol content making it the perfect beer to warm up with on a cold day of slinging gourds.
Right out of Colorado, pub favorite Blue Moon Brewing Co. has brought back their fall seasonal. Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale originated in 1995 as the demand for seasonal Oktoberfest was at a high point, it eventually went on to become the first pumpkin ale available nationally. Cloves, nutmeg, all-spice, a caramelly malt and most importantly vine-ripened pumpkin come together to form this fall ale which pack a 5.6% alcohol content into 12 oz bottles, sold in 6 packs and 12 bottle cases.
Considering its namesake there was no doubt that Sam Adams’ Octoberfest had to make the list. Samuel Adams is famous for its awesome variety and it looks like this one will suit malt lovers and festival goers alike. Combining 5 roasts of barley for a sweet caramel and toffee flavor this beer’s sweetness is balanced with German Noble hops assuring drinkers that it’ll go down great with brats and sauerkraut. This beer has a modest 5.3% alcohol content insuring that you’ll be able to sample more of what your local octoberfest has to offer!
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