Today is officially the first day of fall and we all know what that means: pumpkin patches, sweater weather, and pumpkin-spice everything. For beer lovers, fall introduces a change in palate, an array of spiced sips that perfectly match the season.
To celebrate the season, we at PintHub have compiled a list of delicious brews that are all things fall.
To kick off our list, let’s start with a beer that is as dedicated to the season as its color is—the medium bodied, red ale. Besides the obvious color, what qualifies this beer to represent this natural change in seasons? Glad you asked! The balance of bold and tangy flavors, often with toasted notes, makes us want to enjoy it by a backyard bonfire. Have we convinced you yet? Grab a buddy and try the Shamus Irish Red Ale on tap at Hi Sign brewery; free with your app!
For our light beer lovers, a good saison is in this season. With a typical lean towards a light and airy finish, saisons also carry spiced notes which are perfect this time of year. Want a golden recommendation? We suggest the Philosophizer from Adelberts. This saison boasts a smooth citrusy center with yeasty notes.
Considering the spooky, upcoming holiday, we wanted to add something startling to the list. We chose the Blood Orange Cider made here in Austin at Austin Eastciders. Ciders are perfect fall sips for anyone, from a novice to a beer nerd with a tangy palate. Austin Eastciders delicious concoction that is their Blood Orange Cider is enhanced with Italian blood oranges and bittersweet apples for a zing that isn’t overwhelmingly sweet. Try one today at Tributary Cafe in Fort Worth or at the Dirty Mule Bar in Arlington!
Perfect for fall or winter, porters are a staple of a dark, well-bodied brew. Coming in all shapes and sizes, porters’ malty taste is often mixed with hints of vanilla, coffee, or a type of nut. This stout beer is the perfect companion for your fall family campout or after a successful trip to the pumpkin patch. Oak Highlands Brewery crafts a Vanilla Porter that is spiced to perfection. Try this on the house at Ross & Hall, Smoky Rose or 504 Bar & Grill—all in Dallas!
Finally, no fall beer list would be complete without the mention of a German-style Oktoberfest. Few breweries enter fall without honoring the tradition of Oktoberfest with an event. Recently, our venue Hi Sign celebrated in style by pairing this Marzen lager with sizzling brats and a local band. Oak Highlands Brewery also makes a delicious seasonal Oktoberfest which can be redeemed with our app at WhichCraft in Austin.
What are you waiting for? Throw on a flannel (if Texas will cool down for us) and try one of these beers. Remember to tag us while you sip for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!