As we wave goodbye to summer, the holiday season is already creeping in! There’s so much to look forward to in the fall—cool weather with a crisp breeze, brightly colored leaves, the ability to wear boots, and last but certainly not least, seasonal craft beers.
Whether you’re hanging out at a local bottle shop or brewery with friends, or you’re spending time around the fire with family, now is the perfect time of year to drink something full-bodied that truly soothes the soul. Check out these 6 fall beers that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
1. Sierra Nevada 2018 Oktoberfest
Sierra Nevada has partnered with the oldest brewery in the world, Weihenstephan, to create this year’s Oktoberfest. The collaboration with this Bavarian brewery is definitely a crowd-pleaser that will leave you believing you’re in Germany for festival season!
2. Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale
As one of Britain’s older breweries, Samuel Smith flavors run deep. This brown ale is dry with a palate of beechnuts, walnuts and almonds. Just imagine curling up around the fire with one of these in your hand.
3. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Warm up this season with Dogfish Head’s full-bodied brown ale. With hints of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar, your taste buds are sure to thank you for it.
4. NoDa Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cardamom, cloves, and freshly shaved ginger root all grace this delicious seasonal ale with their presence. With so many delicious flavors all packed into one beer, what more could you ask for? Plus, this beer was a recent Gold Medal Winner at this year’s Great American Beer Festival.
5. Founders Mosaic Promise
This is the perfect beer for transitioning out of the heat and into the cool, crisp air of autumn. With layers of citrus and piney flavors, you can enjoy the best of both worlds in a delicious balance of flavor.
6. Six Point Autumnation
This New York pumpkin ale is a little different than others—mildly spicy with a palate of ginger and cinnamon. This golden orange beer is perfect for getting friends and family together and will definitely keep you warm this season!
Voracious and Rare & Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival
Another great way to fall into the festive spirit this season is to visit some of the most popular beer festivals found on the east coast of North Carolina. This year, Voracious and Rare will host their 5th Annual Beer Festival on the USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, North Carolina. If you’re seeking out new and true beers and ready to experience new flavors like never before, this event is for you. Be sure to check it out Friday evening from 6-9pm.
And on October 27, Lighthouse Beer and Wine will be hosting their 18th Beer and Wine Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. With over 100 craft breweries, this festival draws in thousands of beer and wine enthusiasts from all over to have the opportunity to sample about any beer imaginable.
A Note on Safety
Take extra caution this year when enjoying your favorite brews. With various celebrations taking place from now through the end of the year, it’s important to stay alert and aware of other drivers on the roads. Remember to never drink and drive. Play it safe and have a designated driver.
Blog 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.