Friendly Autumn Beers On The Way For 2015
What goes better with fall rock concerts than an ice cold doozy of a fall beer? Nothing. The answer is nothing. This list of upcoming seasonal beers is sure to wet your whistle just right, so read it now and go out and try them all. You’ll thank us so long as you remember to drink responsibly, whatever that means.
New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale
Here is an odd couple we’d like to see more of: New Belgium — the folks who brought you Flat Tire — has always been a fall festival favorite, and they’re mixing it up with everyone’s other guilty pleasure Ben & Jerry’s. The result is a Salted Caramel Brownie Ale. Sounds…unique. It’s salty. It’s sweet. It’s chocolatey. It has caramel. Does anyone else feel like they’re dancing through the pearly gates here? What’s even better is that this is the first beer made for a good cause, partnering up with Protect Our Winters to build awareness about climate change. Check them out while you drink your dessert.
Red Brick Divine Bovine Milk Stout (With Chai Spice)
Availability: Starting in November
Any fan of a tasty chai in fall will spread their wind breaker for Red Brick’s autumn offering: a milk stout with organic chai spice. Dark, chocolatey notes harmonized with ginger and blended with a melody of cardamom, cinnamon, coriander and the bite of black pepper make a tough milk stout that’ll toughen your bones. Okay, we don’t know if it’ll toughen your bones, but it’ll at least make one of them thrilled to be enjoying such a tasty treat.
Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby
Stratford, Connecticut’s finest brewery, Two Roads, have made something that’ll either make you want to drink or scream. A traditional pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels gives what would appear to be a normal, adorable newborn a deceptively dark, rum-flavored spicy concoction. This is no ordinary beer.
Sudwerk Rye of the Lager
Finally, something to drink while you blast Survivor out your bedroom window. Sudwerk’s Rye of the Lager is a fierce — but not too fierce — lemon and pepper-spiced, fruity IPL with a bold rye taste. It will likely make for some good hair of the dog, too. We call that a win-win in the beer-drinking community. She’s a rare rye brew for the left coast, rightly balanced and subtly spiced. Bottoms up.
Indeed Brewing Yamma Jamma
On name alone, we want to buy a stylish sixer of Indeed’s Yamma Jamma, a delightful light fall beer to break up the monotonous consistency of syrupy, overpriced beers. Stocking up is a wise move, as this harvest-style ale is brewed with sweet potatoes and fall spices that’ll make your Turkey Day bird go down smoother than the booze luge melting in your living room from your one-man Labor Day soiree. Light in taste, easy on the booze and encompassing all things fall, Indeed is indeed the prom king of autumn beers. And it comes in a pretty can!
Mispillion River Deathly Hallows
Availability: October Exclusive (One-Time Brew)
Any fan of Harry Potter is a nerd to us, but this Deathly Hallows reference is much easier to swallow. One of two limited release October brews from Mispillion River — Miss Betty, the other, is another sweet potato-laced autumn ale — Deathly Hallows is a Belgian tripel that rivals one of the greatest craft beers, Delirium Tremens. Bright in its yellowy color and brewed with candi sugar, this hard-hitting crafty Belgian will creep up on you. Deathly Hallows is nice to have around the house when you’re in your bath robe “waving your wand.”
Zipline Nut Brown
Great brands like Red Hook have their own nut brown ale, but this one from Zipline we thought deserved a special shout-out for its brief appearance and triple-toned specialty malt — amber, brown and golden — to match the fall leaves. You know those leaves, right? They go great with that hazelnut caramel brown ale you love so much.
Racer X Double IPA
Availability: Starting October 10 (Limited Edition)
Racer X is bringing back their Double IPA — as if their single IPA wasn’t enough already. Limited in its availability, this prize possession is like Santa Claus coming to town early. Does it go great with barbecue, beef and delicious fall foods? Yes. Will it precede a bathroom floor slumber after Sunday football? Absolutely.
Throwback Chai Porter
Made with Chai White Heron Tea — not to be mistaken for China White — Throwback has made a porter that combines smooth and rich with spicy and unpredictable. Imagine a delicious porter spiced with cinnamon, cloves and cardamom — three “C” words we love — and you have yourself some Chai Porter.
Heavy Seas Great’er Pumpkin Beer
No fall beer list is ever complete without some pumpkin spice shoved so far up your beer’s ass that you can hardly taste the pumpkin pie your mother just baked for you. While we’re obviously not ones for the jack-o’-lantern taste in our beer, the Heavy Seas 10-percenter with whiffs of bourbon, ginger and cinnamon will have you singing after one round. Deep, rich and brown — just how we like it — Great’er Pumpkin is a crisp, thick treat with no tricks about it.