Fall Beer: 10 Must Have Beers This Season

Beer in the fall season.Hello Autumn! 

The season of colorful crunchy leaves, pumpkin patches, apple picking, hayrides and of course fall brews.

Whether you’re carving Jack O’ Lanterns or watching your favorite scary movie, here’s a list of our favorite beers to have this fall.
Oktoberfest Beers

Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival held each year. And while we can’t really do as the German’s do this year, we can at least pretend!

We’ve got 3 great beers to kick off Oktoberfest.

Copper Legend – Jack’s Abby

ABV: 5.7%

This beer has a smooth body with a malt that’s crisp and sweet. *This pairs well with soft baked pretzels. Yum!

Avery Brewing Company – The Kaiser

ABV: 8%

This beer was a favorite during last year’s Oktoberfest. It’s low on hop bitterness, and instead carries more of a toasted bready flavor.

Left Hand Brewing Co. – Oktoberfest Marzen Lager

ABV: 6.6%

This beer gives a roasted grain and herbs aroma, and has flavors of spice, caramel and mild hops. By allowing it to age longer, this beer has a rich, full, and bready brew.

Pumpkin Ales

Who doesn’t love a perfect pumpkin beer during the cool, crips months?! 

Here’s some pumpkin ales that pair perfectly with any fall activity.

Iron Hill – Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Iron Hill’s pumpkin ale is a fan favorite! Instead of using flavoring hops, Iron Hill uses pumpkin and vanilla spices to create this brew.

Blue Moon Harvest – Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 5.7%

This popular beer has multiple fall flavors mixed together for a nice smooth taste. These flavors include nutmeg, allspice, cloves, wheat, and of course, pumpkin.

Evolution – Jacques Au Lantern

ABV: 6.3%

The aroma of Jacques Au Lantern consists of fresh pumpkin, lemon grass, bready malt, and fall spices. Its taste has pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, nuts, and toasted malts.  

Amber/Malt Ales

Malty beer with the warm amber color (also known as red ale) fits right into the fall theme. These beers go great with some Halloween candy!

Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Red Rocket Ale

ABV: 6.8%

Red Rocket ale is the perfect color of the brown leaves that fall during this season. It offers a sweet caramel flavor that also includes bitter hops to create an even balance in taste.

Victory Brewing Co. – Festbier

ABV: 5.6%

Festbier has a combination of German and Austrian grains to create a taste of chocolates and nuts, though this brew also has caramel, and a hint of pine.

Alesmith – Evil Dead Red

ABV: 6.66%

If you really want to get into the Halloween theme, this beer is for you. The color of the beer is blood with a ABV of 6.66%. (Spooky!) It has a well balanced taste with citrus hops and caramel hops.

Autumn/Maple Ales

Autumn ales carry the most maple taste out of these 4 categories, making this beer sweeter side. 

Here are our favorites.

Ever Grain Brewing Co. – Whitetail

ABV: 8.6%

This amber colored beer is known as earthy, crispy, and bready. It is lightly carbonated so it gives a refreshing taste.

The Bruery – Autumn Maple

ABV: 10%

To get this bold and spicy Belgian-style ale, The Bruery uses maple syrup, yams, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, allspice, molasses, and a Belgian yeast strain. 

We hope you enjoy these recommendations! 

Make sure to try these beers during all your fall festivities, and let us know which ones you liked most. 

Cheers!

 

 

Pickle Beer: A Sour Summer Favorite

Pickle beer in the summerAhh summer. 

There’s nothing like a cold, refreshing drink on a hot, sunny day in the thick of this beloved season. 

As the country slowly begins to reopen, our summer is off to a sluggish start. But that doesn’t mean your favorite summer drink has to be put on hold.

So, let’s crack open a cold pickled beer.

What is Pickle Beer?

We admit, pickle beer sounds… weird. 

But it is a surprising new trend that is loved by many. This sour beverage has the taste and aroma of pickles. 

Here are some popular pickle beers, and recipes to make your own!

Sweet and Sour

We all know pickles can taste sweet or sour depending on the fermentation of the cucumber. This also applies when crafting your pickle beer. The most popular version of pickle beers are the ones that are sweet, but pack a sour punch. 

Here are our personal favorites:

El Gran Pepinillo

  • ABV: 5.8%
  • Mexican-style beer made with Best Maid pickles and Mexican chilli peppers. This beer has a spicy kick, but is light and refreshing.

Best Maid Spicy Pickle Beer

  • ABV: 4.7%
  • This beer has spice at first sip! This is best for those who really like a kick. 

Urban Artifact Pickle 

  • ABV: 4.3%
  • German-style goose beer using cucumber, fresh dill, sea salt, and coriander. Try this beer with a burger or rueben to enhance the flavor. 

New PKL FKR Pickle Berliner  

  • ABV: 3.2%
  • This brew uses refermented Berliner weiss ale with bacteria and wild yeast. Pickle juice is added to the blend after fermentation.

Making Pickle Beer

There are many different ways you can make your pickle beer ranging from quick and easy, to long and challenging. 

Depending on time and skill level, give one of these two recipes a try!

Just Add Pickle Juice

The easiest way to make pickle beer is adding pickle juice to your favorite beer.

If you’re brewing your own batch at home, simply add the pickle juice to your mixture. This is the most common way home brewers make their pickle beer. 

*Pro tip* – Add spices such as coriander, chili pepper, etc to give your beer some extra flare.

Fermenting Cucumber

If you want to get really creative, make your pickle juice from scratch! 

Here is a step by step on how to create various types of pickles and pickle brine

After making your own pickle juice, you can add it to your beer’s fermentation process. This creates a stronger aroma and taste. 

If you’re new to brewing beer, check out our blog just for beginners!  

Cheers!

 

Homebrewing by the Seasons

Ever wonder why you have a subconscious thirst for a full bodied beer when there’s snow on the ground? Or how about a beer that offers a certain level of refreshing crispness when you’re at the picnic table for a 4th of July party?  Perhaps you’re at a renaissance fair on a cool fall day and you have your palate is craving a brew that’s malty instead of hoppy.  Beer Brewing kits can quell these cravings and provide a fun, rewarding way to put your own stamp on brewing beer at home.
Most seasonal home brewing recipes offer obvious generic names to stand out amongst other recipes.  Names such as “Winter Lager” and “Summer Ale” come to mind.  While these recipes are, in their own rite, still very satisfying beers, there are many more recipes for home brews that coincide with the seasons.  To enjoy these beers during the season in which they are designed for it is recommended that you give ample time for preparation and fermentation.  Starting the process during the prior month of its consumption is the typical practice. (For example, to enjoy a summer beer in the summer, start the process during spring.)
 

Winter Style Beers

Winter style beers are typically brewed to yield high percentages of alcohol to get you through the cold winter months.  The colors usually range between light brown and black.
Scotch Ale– Scotch Ales are considered a fairly strong beer with colors ranging from amber to light brown. They tend to be sweet and full bodied with a pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor. They can typically yield an ABV% ranging between 6-11.
Winter Warmers– Winter Warmers are the typical winter beers.  Most commercial winter lagers are modeled in the Winter Warmer fashion.  They tend to rely heavily on a malty sweet presence rather than a hoppy bitterness.  Winter warmers can typically yield an ABV% ranging between 6 and 9 and their colors range from reddish-brown to pitch black.
 

Spring Style Beers

Spring style beers begin to transition from the heavier, darker beers into beers that emphasize wheat flavoring.  They offer a myriad of characteristics including beers that are citrusy, cloudy, crisp and refreshing.
Bocks– Bocks are common spring beers that offer medium to full bodied profiles, but no roast flavor.  They tend to favor more of a malty influence with low levels of hop bitterness.  They are generally brown to dark red in color, but bock variants such as Maibock can come in a golden color.  Transitioning from the stronger winter beers, the Bock’s ABV% ranges between 5.5 and 7.5.
American Blond Ales– Blond Ales offer pale yellow to deep gold colors. It is an all malt brew, with most showing a level of subdued fruitiness. Hop character is of the noble variety, or similar, leaving a light to medium bitterness. A balanced beer, light bodied and sometimes lager like.  Blonde Ales generally hold a ABV% between 4-7.
 

Summer Style Beers

Summer style beers are brewed to be relatively pale, light, crisp and relying heavily on wheat elements and citrus nodes that are smooth and pleasing to the palate.
Saison– Saisons are traditionally brewed in the winter, to be enjoyed throughout summer. It is a French beer in origin but has a strong following in the United States.  Saisons typically are fruity in aroma and flavor resembling a wheat beer and brewed with heavy amounts of spice to build a mild tartness.  The typical “summer ale” is modeled off of Saison Variants.  They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.  The ABV% of Saison beers range between 5 and 8.
Kolsch– Light to medium in body with a very pale to clear color, hop bitterness is medium to slightly assertive. Some versions of Kolsch are considered to be very similar to pilsners.  ABV% ranges from 4-6.
 

Fall Style Beers

Fall style beers, typically varieties of ales, are brewed to transition back into the cooler fall months.  They generally rely on malty, spicy elements to provide a beer that is sweeter than it is bitter.
Pumpkin Ale– The Pumpkin Ale is quite varied and can sometimes be referred to as a variant of Harvest Ales.  Flavorings can come from actual hand cut pumpkins to pumpkin purees.   These beers also tend to contain ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. Pumpkin Ales are typically malty, with a spicy aftertaste due to the combination of the “pumpkin pie spices.”  The ABV% of Pumpkin Ales range between 4 and 7.
Marzen/Oktoberfest– The prototypical fall beer, Marzenbier is full-bodied, rich, toasty, typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content.  The common Marzenbier contains roughly 5-6% ABV and has a mild hop profile relying mostly on a malty influence to blend its robust flavor.