If, like us, you are already sick and tired of pumpkin spice everything, then here is your frothy salvation. These breweries know that beer is anything but basic, and are crafting some great brews with no hint of the orange gourd.
The Bruery: Autumn Maple
The Bruery knows that there are two kinds of people: those who love pumpkin everything, and everyone else. This beer is made for everyone else. This dark ale is brewed in the same way as pumpkin beers, but with....wait for it...yams! Somehow, it manages to not be too sweet, even with maple, cinnamon and cloves help balance it out.
Upland Brewing: Oktoberfest
Upland brews a delicious Bavarian-style lager, perfect for a fall day - or, a Notre Dame tailgating party.
Deschutes Brewery: The Hop Trip
Leave it to Portland to do things differently: this pale ale is brewed with fresh instead of preserved hops, and packs a citrusy and fall spice punch.
Revolution Brewing: Oktoberfest
Revolution's got a definite edge on the American fall beer game: this German-style brew is made with Hallertau Gold hops, which are only grown on one farm in Bavaria.
Founders Brewing: Harvest Ale
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Founders Brewing mixed stone fruits, hops, and toasted malt to create their seasonal, harvest-inspired ale. Points for no pumpkin.
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company: Octoberfest
An exclusive, seasonal lager that tastes like caramel and toasted malt, the brewers only make this available from Labor Day until October 31st each year.
Heavy Seas Brewing: Märzen
Rogue Brewery: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale
Ballast Point Brewing: Dead Ringer Oktoberfest
San Diego, California
Fall in San Diego...is like summer everywhere else. San Diegans are still at the beach, for crying out loud. So Ballast Point knew not to make a heavy ale - instead, their subtle flavor blend of fall spices, toffee, and stone fruits make this medium-bodied brew perfect for the mild temperature drop and dry Santa Anas. Plus, it's only 5.7% ABV, so you can down a few at the beach. Well played, Ballast Point, well played.
Founders Brewing: Sumatra Mountain Brown
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hailing from one of the coldest states in the nation, Founders knows how to make a versatile beer that's perfect for cold weather - meaning, it's good for fall AND winter. And a blend of caramel, chocolate malt, and rich Sumatra coffee (bonus!) is a delightfully heady, smooth, and oh-so-comforting seasonal brew.
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