I love the Fall. Great weather, MLB playoffs, and my wife considers it her favorite (happy wife = happy life). With that being said, I am less than thrilled about the beer styles that are prevalent during this season. Pumpkin beers are a waste of resources, and in my opinion most of the Oktoberfests available during this time taste pretty goddamn similar. Some breweries come up with some really cool stout and porter options during the fall months, so that’s something that I look forward to each year. I’m going to outline a handful of beer options available this fall that I’ll be looking out for, in hopes that I can help even one person sift through the plethora of options and find a satisfying lager!
Harpoon Flannel Friday (Boston, MA)
Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers Copper Legend (Framingham, MA)
Two Roads Brewing Company Roadsmary’s Baby (Stratford, CT)
Idle Hands Brocktoberfest (Malden, MA)
Southern Tier Brewing Company Barrel Aged Pumpking
Castle Island Festbier (Norwood, MA)
Alright, so there it is - six beers that I’ll be sipping on in the very near future. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this warm weather and cross my fingers that September gives us some decent temperatures as well, but pretty soon these beers are going to be EVERYWHERE and you’ll need to stay focused and keep your head on a swivel in order to maneuver your way through the craft beer aisle. I left all stouts and porters off of this list because I consider those to be more of a winter treat for me, but keep your eyes open for them because there are a ton of breweries that start putting out some awesome dark stuff around this time. Before we know it, it’ll be Goose Island Bourbon County time. After all, as the Stark family motto goes - Winter is coming.
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