We get you all prepped for autumn with our top 10 beers for the fall season.
Crisp nights call for darker and maltier beers to warm us up from the autumnal chill. Whether you’re having a few cold ones while watching football, huddling around a campfire or pre-gaming for a a holiday party, we picked 10 toasty brews that will bring your fall festivities to life.
Founders Brewing Sumatra Mountain Brown: Caramel and chocolate malt combined with rich Sumatra coffee make this imperial brown ale an unforgettably tasty and comforting autumn brew.
Aventinus Eisbock, Schneider-Weisse: This classic dark weizenbock caps off an evening with rich caramel and chocolate maltiness, and a decadent mélange of banana bread, plum, and fig that also tip you off in the aroma. One to definitely savor, this complex brew is satisfyingly full-bodied and has a downright refreshing finish
Autumn Maple, The Bruery: If you’ve had your fill of all things pumpkin-spiced, may we suggest yams as an alternative fall flavor? Brewed in the same style as a pumpkin beer, this dark pick has those same fall-friendly flavors, kicking the maple taste up a notch. Dark in the glass, sweet and cinnamon-y on the nose, and a medium, clove-hinted taste, this is one to circulate into your seasonal favorites.
Ballast Point Brewing Co. Dead Ringer Oktoberfest: Subtle notes of fall spice, toffee, and stone fruits play together nicely in this medium-bodied Oktoberfest brew from Ballast Point Brewing Co. Plus, with a 5.7% ABV, you can easily sip a few of these while tailgating.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock, Brauerei Heller: With a distinct smokiness on the nose that permeates throughout the tasting, this is a hearty German brew that will warm you to the core once the autumnal chill sets in. The pleasant maple sweetness keeps this rauchbier from tasting overly charred, and it finishes into a woody, herbal-barbecue flavor that makes it a greatly enjoyable and memorable tasting experience.
El Segundo Steve Austin’s Broken Skull IPA: or a well-balanced and creamy colder-weather IPA that you can sip while making s’mores at a campfire, check out this collaboration between WWE star Steve Austin and California-based El Segundo Brewery. Just make sure you serve it stone cold.
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Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire Dark Farmhouse Ale: As the bottle reads, this artisan brew is “dedicated to the dark side” in only the most delicious way imaginable. The sweet plum and toasted raisin notes will get you in the mood for sweater weather, stat.
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale: or a savory twist on a traditional European brown ale, try this Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale from Oregon-based Rogue Brewery. The toasted nutty flavor will keep you wamr on those cool fall nights.
Anchor Porter, Anchor Brewing Company: A classic porter with a parade of dark, decadent flavors like chocolate, caramel, toffee, and coffee, as well as sweet notes suggestive of maple candy. What may seem overwhelming at first sip is, by the bottom of the glass, a smooth and very drinkable brew.