Thanksgiving is around the corner and football is in full swing, which sounds like beer weather to me. Actually, any weather is beer weather. But for our purposes here, let’s consider five beers for autumn.
1) Rauchbier seems like a perfect fit. Those smoky, malty qualities are a fine match for a cool, fall day. Sit back and sip either an Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock or Marzen after Thanksgiving dinner.
2) Pumpkin beers are the quintessential seasonal beer (although they start coming out in late summer), and Southern Tier’s Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale is one of the best out there. It offers a kind of yeasty, banana bread-like aroma with a full spicy body.
3) Weyerbacher Brewing Co.’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale remains the pumpkin beer by which all pumpkin beers are measured and embodies fall. I did discover Spring House Brewing Co.’s Braaaiins this season, which quickly closed the gap behind Southern Tier and Weyerbacher as one of the best pumpkins out there.
4) Samaranth Quadrium Ale from De Leyerth Brouwerijen in Belgium is a bold, beautiful beer. It offers dried fruit qualities combined with a nice maltiness floating on a big aftertaste and a hefty 11.5 percent ABV. There’s something about the boldness and dried fruit notes that seem appropriate for fall.
5) The Orkney Brewery’s Viking brew, Skull Splitter, is a perfect cool weather beer. It’s a bit bigger at 8.5 percent with a malty backbone and a bold body.