Favorite Fall Beers
Fall is nearly here and so is pumpkin beer! Well, most pumpkin beer has been out for about two months already…But, most people don’t want to think of pumpkins while it’s still 80 degrees out. I on the other hand could not wait for pumpkin beer, PSLs, and pumpkin picking. And, for the most part, they’re all here!
When you walk into the liquor store and you’re overloaded by new releases this fall, here’s a guide for picking out some quality beers. It may be a little skewed towards pumpkin….Enjoy!
Punkin Ale (ABV: 7.0%) – Dogfish Head, Milton, DE
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Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale is on everyone’s list of their favorite fall beer. Full-bodied brown ale made with real pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices that remind us of fall. It is usually released around September 1st and runs out by the time Thanksgiving hits. Get it while it lasts!
Bourbon Barrel Aged Punkless Dunkel (ABV: 9.2%) – Nashaminy Creek Brewing, Croydon, PA
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Neshaminy Creek’s Punkless Dunkel is a pumpkin wheat ale with spices such as cinnamon, allspice, clove, and nutmeg. This beer tastes like a warm pumpkin pie with a kick of bourbon to finish it off. Punkless Dunkel has the pleasure of sitting in bourbon barrels for six months which gives this beer some big flavor.
Founder’s Breakfast Stout (ABV: 8.3%) – Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
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This delicious Imperial Stout is brewed with flaked oats, imported chocolate, and two different types of coffee: Sumatra and Kona. Sounds like a delicious breakfast to me! This beer is perfect for a nice chilly Sunday morning brunch. Availability begins in September through December.
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale (ABV: 8%) – Weyerbacher, Easton, PA
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Being a pumpkin ale lover myself, I try every pumpkin beer I can get my hands on starting in August. Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale is by far my favorite beer of all time. My birthday falls 4 days before Halloween and I usually buy a case of this beer for a birthday present to myself because it sells out quick. This has been #1 for pumpkin beers for the past couple years. Weyerbacher’s Pumpkin is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and clove giving this beer a big, bold, spicy flavor.
Ballast Point Dead Ringer (ABV: 6.0%) – Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, California
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Ballast Point’s Dead Ringer is a Marzen/Oktoberfest which is typically a fuller-bodied, rich and dark beer, with high-alcohol content. This reddish brown lager has a lower hop bitterness and higher amount of toasted malt. The flavors of caramel toffee really bring the flavor of October into the bottle. This pairs well with good old’ Oktoberfest food: Bratwurst and Beer Cheese.
Southern Tier Pumking (ABV 8.6%) – Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY
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Southern Tier Pumking Ale is a delicious fall dessert. The nose of this beer screams pumpkin pie, vanilla, roasted pecans, and buttery crust. The flavor of the beer entangles vanilla, cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, and maltiness. This is a perfect pairing with pumpkin pie!
I hope you enjoy!