While taking a turn through Total Wine this weekend, I was greeted by a most welcomed sight. The fall seasonals are in!
The great thing about all the fall seasonals that will be hitting the bars and stores in the coming weeks is the variety of different flavors that are available. Many fall seasonal beers are flavored with spices such as pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and cinnamon. Most of these types of beers are not very hoppy or sweet, since they are characterized by their spiced flavors, so they will appeal to wide variety of palates.
My wife, Nicole, who is quite a pumpkinhead, recommends some of her pumpkin-spiced favorites:
- Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale (Hayward, CA)
- Shipyard Pumpkinhead (Portland, ME)
- Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale (Mooresville, NC)
For those who like a more traditional beer, definitely take advantage of the Oktoberfest beer selection during the fall. The Oktoberfest style has gained tremendous popularity over the past few years, and it seems that any brewery that does specialty brews has their own. Oktoberfest beers are generally rich and toasty, copper in color with a mild hop character. Two of my favorites are Sam Adams Octoberfest and Paulaner Oktoberfest.
So get out and enjoy the fall, both for the cooler temperatures and the beer!