The Craft Corner

Ten Fall Beers to Try as the Seasons Change

Football tailgates. Nighttime bonfires. Harvest festivals. Another summer has passed and it is officially sweater weather. No matter the activity, there is one thing certain, fall beers have arrived. Shorter days and brisk nights call for a darker, malty, and a more complex beer to help us welcome the change of season. Clear your fridge. Here are ten fall beer offerings to crack this season.

August Schell Brewing Oktoberfest

Schell's Oktoberfest
About the Beer

With its bright copper-orange color, it is quite symbolic of the autumnal shift of the season.  A slightly higher strength, and warm malt body make it the perfect companion for the crisp fall weather in Minnesota.  The use of Munich and Vienna malts give the beer its toasty malt backbone, and melanoidin-rich flavor and aroma.  It has a soft malt sweetness, pleasant mouthfeel and a slight spiciness.  Hop character is subdued, as the malt takes center stage with this beer.

About the Brewery
Location: New Ulm, MN

August Schell Brewing Company specializes in brewing quality craft beer and boasts a proud heritage of 156 years of continuous family ownership. Founded in 1860 in New Ulm, MN, Schell’s is the oldest brewery in Minnesota and second oldest family-owned brewery in the United States. It became the largest brewery in Minnesota when the company acquired Grain Belt Beer in 2002. From innovative German brews to award-winning American lagers, the Schell’s brewing process begins and ends with quality-crafted beer.

Avery Brewing Rumpkin

Avery Brewin Rumpkin
About the Beer
We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happens! Coming in at 17.5% alcohol by volume.

About the Brewery
Location: Boulder, CO

Avery Brewing Company is a family-owned craft brewery in Boulder, Colorado. Since 1993, Avery has pioneered innovative beers by blending the art and science of brewing with ingenuity, creativity, and boldness. Avery bottles and cans more than 40 beers a year including White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, and Tweak.

Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest

Brooklyn Oktoberfest
About the Beer
When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would – he threw a beer festival. Both the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest. Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, fullbodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness. 5.5% alcohol by volume.

About the Brewery
Location: Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Brewery is a leading global independent craft brewer and a pioneer of the American craft beer revolution. From our home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we draw inspiration from our local community of innovators and makers to spread the culture and creativity of craft beer to 29 states and 30 countries on 5 continents.

Deschutes Brewery Hopzeit Autumn IPA

Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA
About the Beer
This modern ale inspired by the time-honored flavors of a Märzenbier combines classic malts with the latest hop varietals from Germany to deliver an herbal and balanced Autumn IPA that’s as at home in your backyard as the biergarten. Celebrate the season by sharing with friends, and skip the lederhosen- your friends will thank you. 7% alcohol by volume.

About the Brewery
Location: Bend, OR

Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the exceptional Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.

Finnegans Brew Co. Dead Irish Poet

Finnegans Dead Irish Poet
About the Beer
Holding true to its name, the Dead Irish Poet has higher alcohol content of 7 percent and a smooth yet brooding, dark taste. The stout pays homage to great Irish writers like James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and Oscar Wilde. 7.0% alcohol by volume.

About the Brewery
Location: Minneapolis, MN

FINNEGANS – Turning beer into food. Founded in 2000 in Minneapolis, FINNEGANS is a self-sustaining and inspirational social business. Through the sale of its Irish Amber Ale, Hoppy Shepherd IPA, Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout and now the new Freckled Rooster Ale, FINNEGANS has created an innovative business model driving the company to create community wealth through the donation of all of its profits to the FINNEGANS Community Fund (501c3). The Fund supports hunger alleviation programs in every market where FINNEGANS is sold, which includes MN, WI, ND, SD and IA. Now, is there a better reason to raise a pint of FINNEGANS?

Harpoon Brewery Flannel Friday

Harpoon Flannel Friday
About the Beer
This Hoppy Amber Ale is our tribute to the quintessential season of change. A bright hop aroma from late hop additions plays with its strong malt backbone. Amber hued, medium bodied, with hints of citrus and pine, this ale is made for the crisp days (and nights) of fall. 5.7% alcohol by volume.

About the Brewery
Location: Boston, MA

The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beer lovers Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti. In 1986 Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award winning IPA and UFO beers, along with special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 19th largest craft brewer in the US.

Hofrbau Oktoberfest

Hofbrau Oktoberfest
About the Beer
The same type and golden color served at the Munich Oktoberfest. The same lager beer Hofbräu serves at its large Oktoberfest tent (holds 10,000 people) in Munich. Tasting notes from the Beverage Testing Institute: Brioche, toasted nut, lemon, and clay aromas follow through on a lively entry to a dryish Medium-full body with plush carbonation and baked apple and citrus accent. A zesty Oktoberfest beer. 6.3% alcohol by volume.

About the Brewery
Location: Munich, Germany

Founded in 1589 by William V, Duke of Bavaria – Hofbrau has written Munich beer history and helped shape the city’s beer culture. Hofbrau is proud that brewing beer the Hofbräuhaus way for over 400 years has played a role in forming the heritage of our beautiful city.

Lakefront Brewery Pumpkin Lager

Lakefront Pumpkin LAger
About the Beer
Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin Lager is one-of-the only pumpkin lagers available in the world. Our brewers use real pumpkin and a proprietary blend of spices made here in Milwaukee by the acclaimed Spice House. Lagered for four full weeks, Pumpkin Lager develops a deep, smooth richness that no ale can match. A frothy entry leads to an off-dry, medium-to-full body of intense cinnamon,nutmeg, cardamom, and candied yam flavor on a nutty, whole-grain toast palate. Finishes with a drier spice and light toffee fade. Caramel and Munich malts reinforce this beer’s mouthfeel and lend to the malty sweetness. A nicely balanced spice beer for those cool fall nights.
Serve with rich holiday meals: the spice characters really bring out the depth of full-flavored meats and vegetables. 5.8% alcohol by volume.

About the Brewery
Location: Milwaukee, WI

Lakefront Brewery, Inc. distributes its products to 37 states, Ukraine and Canada. Lakefront Brewery, Inc. produced the first beer in the United States made from 100% in-state-grown ingredients, including a first-of-its-kind, indigenous Wisconsin yeast strain (Wisconsinite Summer Weiss), the first certified organic brewery and the first gluten-free beer granted label approval by the U.S. Government (New Grist).

New Belgium Brewing Voodoo Ranger  Atomic Pumpkin

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
About the Beer
Enough with the run-of-the-mill pumpkin beers. I’m not interested in an ale that takes cues from a frozen coffee drink, and neither are you. That’s why I made Atomic Pumpkin. Does it really feature Habanero peppers? Yep! What about Saigon Cinnamon? Ding! I round it all out with a hearty malt bill that makes for a spicy brew that puts the “Fun” back in Pumpkin. (Spelling was never my strength). — Voodoo Ranger. 6.4% alcohol by volume.

About the Brewery
Location: Fort Collins, CO

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of award-winning beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, as well as a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale.

Summit Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Summit Belgian Style Pale Ale Can
About the Beer
This elegant and complex hop-forward pale ale is tailor-made for autumn in Minnesota. With spicy and floral European hops, select malts from Germany, England, and Belgium, and a stellar Belgian yeast strain, Summit Belgian-Style Pale Ale offers up subtle malt flavors of graham cracker, honey, and toast, along with mild hop notes of orange zest and thirst-quenching bitterness. 5.5% alcohol by volume.

About the Brewery
Location: St. Paul, MN

Founded in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has remained close to its roots, refreshing thirsty folks throughout the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Currently available in 11 states, Summit now produces six year-round premium craft beers, seven occasionals, four seasonal brews, and the limited-release Unchained Series and Union Series. Since our inception, we’ve been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement.

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