The heat is finally dying down, and cozy fall weather is slowly creeping in to replace it. Take a cue from the temperature, and trade in the refreshing lighter beers of summer for something a little heartier. Here are some of our favorite fall beers to enjoy as the season changes.
Märzen is a style of lager that originated in Bavaria and is traditionally brewed in March (Märzen) at a higher alcohol content to store throughout the warmer summer months. It’s still enjoyed during Oktoberfest each year, and now there are many different Märzen-style beers brewed all over the world. Try one that’s full-bodied, with medium alcohol content and a light, malty sweetness.
No fall beer list would be complete without mentioning the pumpkin ale, a seasonal favorite. Venture beyond some of the sweeter varieties to find an ale that has a full-bodied flavor of its own and doesn’t overwhelm you with pumpkin flavor. Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale is a rich brown brew with subtle notes of brown sugar and pumpkin, plus cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
There’s something about a nutty brown ale that pairs perfectly with crisp fall weather. A medium-bodied amber ale with hints of caramel or maple goes down smooth while watching the game, or a more robust dark brown ale with aromas of chocolate or hazelnut is a great complement to a filling fall meal. Try Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown ale for an extra dose of hops and malt.
Celebrate stout season when you finally have to cave in and wear a coat. Dark stouts with a dash of coffee or spice should top your list of fall beers to try. They’re a great reward for braving chilly autumn days, and they go well with sweet or savory food.
If you like a beer with a intense flavor (and a little bit of a kick), opt for an imperial IPA. Imperial IPAs are even stronger and hoppier than standard IPAs, and some also add a layer of sweetness. Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA blends a strong malt profile with big, bold hops.