I think fall is the best season for craft beers – we get spicy pumpkin brews, hopped up harvest ales and crisp Oktoberfest beers, each a different and delicious celebration of autumnal tradition.
If you had to pick between these three, which would you peg as your favorite taste of the season?
For me it’s an easy decision – pumpkin ales all the way. Most of them are rich and malty treats, perfect for cooler weather, and they are spiced with flavors that evoke a flood of fall memories going back to when I was little. Add in that their earthiness is reminiscent of leaf raking season, and I think pumpkin beers are the best sensory expression of the season.
My second love in the fall isn’t an Oktoberfest or a harvest ale – it’s Altbier. There’s something about these malt bombs that I begin to crave as the weather turns chilly, especially Long Trail Double Bag (and now their Triple Bag – this is ‘Murica, so three is better than two!).
So what about you? Which of the three seasonal delights is your favorite celebration of the season? Hit the poll below and let us know, and maybe even pop into the comments and tell us why you picked the way you did.
Whatever you choose, you really can’t go wrong. The fall is an awesome time to be a beer geek!