Top 10 Seasonal Beers to Drink This Fall
From Canada’s East Coast to West Coast, we’ve compiled these 10 Great Canadian Fall beers to help you celebrate Autumn and warm up to Winter. No, it’s not just about pumpkins… although we did include a few Pumpkin ales to try!
By Paige Shook on Sep. 04, 2018
Fall is here, and it’s time to break out warm, woolly sweaters, brown boots and puffy vests and get ready for the cool, crisp air that comes with fall. Also, with fall, comes a different type of beer. Beer that is darker and full of flavour that reminds us of the colours, scents, baking — and yes the pumpkins — of fall. Here are some new fall beers from across Canada that you may like to try. Happy Autumn sipping!
A fall beer full of maple flavour
Nova Scotia is home to Garrison Brewing Company who has paired up with locals, Sugar Moon Farm to bring us their Sugar Moon Maple porter. This dark pale ale is full of maple flavour and is perfect for those cold, clear nights.
A fall beer with seasonal flavours
Muskoka Brewery in Ontario, has made their first beer with all Ontario ingredients and it has made this list. Their Harvest Ale marks the end of the growing season and the start of the harvest, it has soft biscuit flavours and notes of mango, grapefruit and stone fruit. The perfect beer to sip on while sitting on the porch watching the sun go down in the fall harvest sky.
A rare and unique fall beer
Driftwood Brewery in BC’s capital has a wet-hopped IPA that can only be brewed once a year. Their Sartori Harvest Fresh Hop IPA has a unique profile that is unique to the patch of land where the Centennial hops are harvested, in Chilliwack, BC. This beer is on high demand and rightfully so, with the citrus and pine flavours true to BC and the quick turn around from harvest to brew, this is a special beer during this time of year.
A fall beer that is sure to warm you up
Alley Kat Brewery in Edmonton, AB has come out with their Olde Deuteronomy Barley Wine again and it is available for a limited time. With its strong malt flavours and dried fruits, this bold, rich ale is sure to warm you up despite the crisp fall air, and, with its high alcohol content (10.3% ABV!), you won’t even notice the cold.
A fall beer inspired by the cold
I know this beer is technically not for fall, but Great Lakes Brewery, Winter Ale is inspired by the cold Canadian winter. Everyone knows that even during the fall you need a snow suit to venture out! This Winter Ale combines cinnamon, honey, ginger and orange peel and is a flavor full beer that is perfect to have on a cold, crisp fall….or winter night.
A beer made especially for fall
From Saskatchewan, Paddock Woods Brewing Company has a year-round available Marzen that fits fall perfectly. This beer was made especially for Oktoberfest, and does not disappoint. This Marzen has a caramel malty smooth slight hops and a dry finish.
It Wouldn’t be Fall Without A Few Fall Pumpkin Beers!
Whether you hate them or love them many breweries try to out pumpkin each other and 2018 is no different. Here are four great pumpkin beers to try this season:
A fall beer so good, even the dead want to try it
Two awesome things in one beer! Parallel 49 out of Vancouver, BC has done it again, with their Lost Souls, Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. With chocolate malts and pumpkin pie spicing, this robust porter is the perfect beer to drink while handing out Halloween candy this year.
A fall beer made with love and grown at home
Owner of Grand River Brewing in Cambridge Ontario grows all the pumpkins for their Highballer Pumpkin Ale, in his home garden, wearing overalls and knee-high gumboots! Okay, I made up the last part, but, in my defense, that’s how you pictured him when you read that! This orange, pumpkin ale, has subtle pumpkin and spice flavouring that is balanced with a pale malt profile, perfect for any fall occasion.
A gnarly and sweet fall beer
From Penticton, BC, this limited release beer by Cannery Brewing is made from roasted, locally grown pumpkins and brown sugar which is brewed with traditional fall spices. It’s a little sweeter than most traditional brown ale’s which means while your kids dig through their mountain of Halloween candy you can sip on this instead.
A fall beer that encompasses all things fall
“Autumn in a bottle,” is how Canuck Empire has tagged this beer, and they aren’t wrong! The colour perfectly matches the changing leaves and the cinnamon and ginger aroma takes me back to that perfect fall day. With tastes of pumpkin and maple syrup together in one gulp, this beer is the perfect addition to fall.
Grab your favorite fall beer from this list and check out these other seasonal beer articles:
• Pumpkin and Spice Makes Fall Taste Nice
• Top 10 Halloween Costumes for People Who Love Beer
• Beer Pairings for Thanksgiving
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