As the sweltering heat of summer dies down, colorful leaves and cool air lead us into the fall season. Football is finally underway, and with the changing of the season also comes a change in seasonal craft beer styles. The light and refreshing citrusy flavors of summer shift to richer spiced flavors of fall. Autumn is the perfect time of year to put on a light sweatshirt and enjoy a local craft beer outdoors. If you’re a craft beer fan and a North Carolina native, you probably know how important local breweries are to our state. What North Carolina craft beers are best to sip on this fall?
Flavors of the Fall
While many people may feel pumpkin flavors to be overplayed in the fall, they have become the top-selling style among beers during this season. Spices like nutmeg, clove and allspice give these beers their autumnal zest.
Oktoberfest in Germany is the inspiration for many beers of the same name here in the States. The German festival features malty dark lagers called Märzens.
When ripe hop cones are harvested toward the end of August, they’re typically preserved and used to provide a bitter flavor. Some hops are immediately set aside, however, and used freshly providing an earthy taste.
Wicked Weed Brewing – Pumpkin Up the Volume
It wouldn’t be the fall season without something pumpkin. This pumpkin beer from Asheville is traditional with notes of vanilla. Slightly fruity with a little more malt, this is a delicious craft beer to enjoy in the brisk air of autumn.
Green Man Brewery – Harvester Ale
This deep amber ale has a hearty malt flavor with earthy and spicy hops. Harvester is a bold, full-flavored beer with notes of caramel making it perfect for a crisp autumn evening. Green Man Brewery is out of Asheville.
Mother Earth Brewing – Old Neighborhood
Old Neighborhood is the fall seasonal beer Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston. This oatmeal porter is silky smooth with intensely rich flavors. Pour this brew in a pint glass and enjoy with deliciously smoked or roasted meats, blackened fish or chocolate peanut butter cookies.
Highland Brewing Company – Clawhammer Oktoberfest
Named after part of the landscape of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Clawhammer Oktoberfest is a Märzen style lager from Asheville. Caramel and spice make this full-bodied beer great for enjoying an evening outdoors.
A Note on Safety
According to car accident attorneys in Raleigh, Younce & Vtipil, one of the most common causes of auto accidents is drunk driving. Though craft beers are delicious, it’s important to remember to drink responsibly. Consider leaving your car at home just to be safe and utilizing Uber or calling a taxi.
Guest Writer – Landon Biehl
Landon Biehl resides in Wilmington, North Carolina. As an avid craft beer drinker, Landon enjoys attending various beer fests around the state, and exploring new local brews. Landon is also enjoys writing about topics that are unique and not explored by others.