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The Best Craft Beers to Welcome the Fall

Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.

by Jessica Toscano Sep 18, 2020

Beer upclose
Timothy Dykes

If you consider yourself a craft beer snob, autumn is your season. With cooler temperatures joins notes of pumpkin, maple, apple, caramel, and more, all delectably manufactured into none other than seasonal blends.

These short-term brews make it possible for you to relish this time of year, replacing summer’s hoppy beers with fall’s heavy-bodied ales and swapping refreshing citrus for warm spices. Not to mention, some of these flavors come well-equipped in Halloween-themed packaging, making these crafts more festive than your otherwise go-to drafts.

Whether you’re seeking fresh flavors or new brands, allow us to guide you through this upcoming season’s best blends with some of our favorites.

The Pumpkin Ale

Ales are characterized by their fermentation process, brewed in warmer temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and known to release more fruity and spicy palettes, according to Allagash Brewing Company. Pumpkin ales in particular incorporate pumpkin flesh, juice, or puree with spices like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg for added zest.

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Elysian Night Owl
Elysian Brewing

Elysian utilizes pumpkin to its core, beginning with their mixture of raw and roasted pumpkin seeds, followed by pumpkin flesh in their mash and fermenter. Finally, they fuse pumpkin puree with juice for sweetness in this ale that ends on a surprisingly dry note.

Elysian Punkuccino

Elysian Punkuccino coffee pumpkin ale
Elysian Brewing