Pumpkin Shumpkin

Last week I talked about how pumpkin beers are all the rage. Regular commenter dave actually went to his local liquor store after reading the write up and was almost crushed by several cases of pumpkin beers that were stacked way too high. Luckily dave was OK, but his love for pumpkin brews had diminished quite a bit after his near death experience. He now was in the market for something else to drink this fall. Oh that’s right, there are other great fall beers out there and they don’t contain pumpkin!

The most obvious choice for a pumpkin alternative should be an Oktoberfest beer. I think I stopped writing Oktoberfest centric blogs two years ago because after doing The Brewery for five years now you do not need to keep mentioning it. Everyone knows that Oktoberfest actually starts in September and that the beer, which is held to the standards of the Reinheitsgebot (Germany Beer Purity Law), tastes great, so I just don’t see a need to write about it every year. Anyway, Oktoberfest brews make for some great fall beer and some of my favorites include:

Shiner Oktoberfest – Sweet, Malty and easily identifiable as an Oktoberfest beer. This beer is easy to drink and great so hanging out around the fire pit as the days start to get a bit colder.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest – Toasted Malt, with a little sweetness and some hop character. Great to go with all of your Oktoberfest roasted meats and giant pretzels. It really gets you into the season.

If Oktoberfest’s aren’t your thing why not try some brown ales? You can get brown ale year around, but breweries that typically do not brew them have a tendency to release them as the fall season hits. They are comforting as the fall chill sets in. I like:

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale – Great flavor. Strong hints of caramel and dark malt flavors. This beer has an excellent balance.

Long Trail Brewing Co Harvest – Brewed with locally harvested Vermont ingredients this Brown Ale is one of the best. They add Vermont maple syrup during the brewing process which gives it a lasting sweetness to go along with the roasted malt. According to Long Trail it goes great with wood-splitting, leaf-raking and pumpkin carving.

I think I am running out of time here and I am making myself very thirsty. The best part about these beers I’ve listed here is that they are actually pretty easy to find at your local liquor store. Just watch out for the stacks of pumpkin brew blocking your way.