Cocktail Hour

6 Fall Brews
You Need to Try

As the temperature cools down and the leaves start to change, we move away from the crisp, refreshing tastes of summer and embrace the warm, aromatic flavors of fall. When it comes to beer, breweries roll out their autumn brews that offer warm flavors full of spice. Sure, it seems like seasonal drinks are maybe a little too trendy, but we think the fall batch is extra special! Here are 6 of the best fall brews that you’ll want to pick up before the leaves turn.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga’

This seasonal brew from Lagunitas, CA gets a rich sweetness thanks to a generous dose of brown sugar. Its bitterness prevents it from being overly sweet and makes it incredibly drinkable. This beer is light in body and red in color, so it’s perfect for autumn!

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Hailing from Chico, CA, this classic brown ale is loaded with toasty aromas and nutty, smoky flavors. Bitter spices and a hint of caramel give this beer its depth. This is a perfect drink to satisfy those cravings for the warm, roasted flavors of autumn.


Stella Artois Cidre

It just wouldn’t be fall without a little hard apple cider. Stella’s version is crafted from hand-picked apples and has peach & apricot accents. Cidre is great for pairing with meals, but is just perfect on its own!

Ommegang Scythe & Sickle

Scythe & Sickle, brewed in Cooperstown, NY, is an ode to the harvest season. It is amber colored and full of vibrant flavors thanks to a blend of barley, oats, wheat and rye. Its smooth, creamy texture gives way to a gentle sweetness.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Not only has pumpkin been used in beer brewing since colonial times, but it also might be the most predominant symbol of fall. This simple yet lively beer is brewed in Portsmouth, NH and boasts a bright, spicy pumpkin flavor that is balanced with a bitter hoppiness.

Six Point Autumnation

This Brooklyn, NY seasonal beer is brewed with a new strain of hops that balance bitterness with malt. It is copper in color and offers up bold citrus flavors with hints of pine, ginger and cinnamon.


– Emma Stratigos


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