Fall Craft Beers

Welcome to September! It’s that time of year when you put away the shorts and pull out the flannel from the back of the closet in between draft picks in your fantasy football league. It also marks what is possibly the best time of year to be a beer drinker. That’s right; fall beers have arrived for 2018. And no, you don’t have to be a beer snob or fan of pumpkin to appreciate a good autumn brew.

Is it ever too early to enjoy fall beer?

Fall beers are unlike any other seasonal offering. They are darker, maltier and packed with a ton of flavor. And yes, they are stronger, but that’s to keep us warm on those crisp autumn nights. From fresh wheat ales to dark and savory porters, here are four fall beers you need to try this season. And the best part is you don’t have to search far and wide as you can enjoy them all at Blue Wolf Tavern.

Great Lakes Oktoberfest
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
6.5% ABV
Cleveland, Ohio

Born along the banks of the Cuyahoga, Great Lakes Oktoberfest is a classic German style beer with roots tied deeply to Munich’s Oktoberfest beer festival. This amber lager features vibrant malt flavors and a festive flourish of noble hops. Its sweet aroma brings comfort in the unification of caramel, dried fruit, burnt sugar and a touch of pumpkin pie spice. No wonder it’s a 4-time medal winner at the World Beer Championships.

Jack-O Traveler Pumpkin Shandy
Pumpkin Beer
4.4% ABV
Burlington, Vermont

If you’re a pumpkin aficionado, then Jack-O Traveler Pumpkin Shandy by The Traveler Co. is the beer for you. This pumpkin shandy features a perfect balance between bright refreshment and seasonal spice and resembles the tastes of fall. Its aroma is of pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. In fact, Jack-O is brewed with fresh pumpkins. A cloudy reddish amber color, Jack-O explodes in flavor with pumpkin, cinnamon and sugary caramel. The aftertaste is pleasant and sweet, but not overbearing by any means.

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
5.3% ABV
Boston, Massachusetts

Sam Adams Oktoberfest is a spot-on Oktoberfest brew that’s smooth, roasty and features a slightly sweet flavor. Pour a glass and you’re immediately drawn to its copper color that has a rich, deep golden amber hue, reflective of the season. Oktoberfest includes Munich and caramel malts that come standard in German style beers, but with a unique twist. The brewery pairs the hefty malt with classic German Noble hops Tettnang and Hallertau for a perfect balance.

Weihenstephan Festbier
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
5.8% ABV
Weihenstephan, Germany

The most authentic German experience you will find is in this beer. Brewed by the world’s oldest brewery near Munich, Germany, Weihenstephan Festbier is a fully rich bodied, hoppy lager. Deep gold color, great mouth-feel and lots of flavor, this beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. It has a creamy mild malt flavor with hints of tropical fruit and features a super smooth taste.