Best Seasonal Beers Fall 2016
Fall will soon be upon us again, and the seasonal Fall beers have already begun to appear on shelves and taps everywhere. In the spirit of the season we decided to put together a list of our favorite fall seasonal beers that you can get in 2016.
We’re only including beers that get at least some distribution, which excludes some of our favorites like Picture If You Will… from Bottle Logic and countless other beers due to their extra limited availability.
Alesmith Evil Dead Red
If you like a good hoppy Red Ale, Alesmith Evil Dead Red is as good as they come. It’s one of the most original Fall themed beers as well, with a blood red color and 6.66% ABV to go with its zombie Halloween theme. Evil Dead Red is nicely balanced with a solid hop presence while remaining extremely smooth.
Founders Breakfast Stout
Though it doesn’t necessarily have fall flavors like maple, Founders Breakfast Stout is available from September through December and it’s an absolutely excellent Imperial Coffee Stout at 8.3% ABV. The coffee blends perfectly with the rich chocolate stout flavor from the malt. Founders Breakfast Stout has all of the roasty, rich, and warming nuances that are perfect on a cold day.
Founders Backwoods Bastard
This beer is good enough to put Founders on our list twice, Backwoods Bastard is a Scotch Ale with a boozy caramel character that is both sweet and oaky. At 11.6% ABV there’s certainly a bit more heat on this than the Founders Breakfast Stout, but the smoky sweetness balances this nicely.
Coronado Punk’In Drublic
The only pumpkin beer on our list, Punk’In Drublic from Coronado Brewing. This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is brewed with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and pumpkin. There’s a great smoothness and balance with all of the flavors together, setting this yearly fall beer apart from many others with similar ingredients.
Oktoberfests / Märzens
The rest of the beers on our list fall in the Oktoberfest/Märzen category, a classic Oktoberfest tradition from Germany.
Samuel Adams OctoberFest
One of the most commonly found beers on our list, Samuel Adams OctoberFest is a great take on the classic Oktoberfest style with the smooth and malty style of Sam Adams. Coming from one of America’s oldest and largest craft breweries, this beer still stands out every year as a great example of the Oktoberfest style.
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
Every year Sierra Nevada collaborates with a different German brewery on their German-American take on the Oktoberfest style. This year’s Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is a collaboration with Germany’s Mars Bräu with a classic malt backbone and spicy hop characteristics of the Record variety of hops.
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
A classic German Märzen lager, Oktober Fest-Märzen from Ayinger is an excellent example of this style. In a blind taste test of 55 different Oktoberfest/Märzen beers from Paste Magazine, Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen was the number one beer.
Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest
Our list would not be complete without Oaktoberfest from Firestone Walker, an excellent Paso Robles version of the classic Oktoberfest style. WIth classic ingredients like Pilsner and Vienna malts, Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest is a solid example of this style from one of California’s great breweries.