Delicious Fall Beers to Drink Out Of Your Arctica Tumbler or Growler
Any time is a good time for an ice cold beer, but fall is especially awesome. As the nights turn crisp, we love exploring darker, maltier, and more complex beers as well as those freshly brewed.
In the fall, fresh hop beers, usually IPAs or pale ales, are at their peak of freshness. Their raw, unprocessed hops straight from the fields taste incredible and are only available for a short time.
So, what beers should fill your Arctica Tumbler this football season?
Oktoberfest typically runs in Munich, Germany from September 16 – October 3, but you can enjoy this incredible beer at any time during the fall. Typically called “festbier,” it’s a golden-hued lager that’s rich and malty for easy drinking.
There are many different types of festbiers that you can pick up at the store and enjoy in your tumbler. A few of our favorites include:
- Sam Adam’s OctoberFest, which is a malty-smooth amber lager. It has a smooth flavor with notes of caramel for a hearty, deep blend.
- Goose Island’s Fest Bier is full of rye and spicy hops. It has a toasted, bready malt flavor that’s light bodied, clean, and crisp.
It’s fall, so we have to mention pumpkin beer. Unfortunately, many of these beers get a bad rap for being overly spiced, or tasting like a beer version of a pumpkin spice latte, but there are a few good ones on the market. The best pumpkin-flavored beers have a subtle flavor that doesn’t rely too heavily on spice.
A few of our favorite beers for your growler include:
- Two Roads Brewing Roadsmary’s Baby: This gently perfumed pumpkin ale is barrel-aged with a hint of vanilla. It’s a smooth drinking ale with notes of pumpkin, spices, vanilla, oak, and rum.
- Avery Brewing Rumpkin: This strong ale with 17.5% alcohol offers a chest-warming smooth finish. It’s plump and spicy with the taste of delicate oak and candied molasses.
Saisons are great with food. They are versatile and well-rounded ales that go with almost anything on the table, particularly heavier foods such as stews, casseroles, and other fall items.
These farmhouse-style beers are typically made in the late fall and are delicious when kept cold in your Arctica tumbler. A few of our favorite options include:
- Off Color Brewing’s Le Woof Bière De Garde: This beer, usually available starting in August, is sweet but with a strong malt presence. Brewed in Chicago, it has a rich and earthy aroma with a nutty and bready finish.
- Allagash Brewing’s Interlude: Aged in red wine barrels, this beer has just a hint of fruity pear and pineapple. It’s brewed in the class Belgian-style with a dry, almost tannic, finish.
Fall is also the perfect time for some funky ales that bring to mind Halloween and horror. These beers are not only fun but tasty, and they offer a twist on the typical beer.
A few of our favorite funky Halloween ales for your growler include:
- AleSmith Evil Dead Red: This seasonal ale is for all those Halloween lovers. It pours blood red but tastes beautifully balanced with hints of caramel malts and citrusy hop. It’s a great beer to pair with toffee, caramel, or apples.
- Grand Teton Brewing Black Cauldron: This imperial stout beer is perfect for pairing with roasted meats or rich desserts such as chocolate cake, caramel flan, or crème brulee.
In truth, there are a ton of incredible beers perfect for the fall. It all depends on what you’re looking for. Some of our favorites don’t fit in any particular category, but they shouldn’t be missed. Those are:
- Bell’s Best Brown Ale: This malty, nutty, and rich brown ale has notes of caramel, coffee, and cocoa. It’s brewed in a Michigan-based brewery and has a lovely hoppy and flavorful taste that has depth without being heavy.
- Harpoon Brewery Flannel Friday: This beer truly reminds us of fall. It’s crisp, hoppy and malty with hints of citrus and pine. An amber ale, it’s perfect for those cool fall nights.
- Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale: This beer offers a savory twist on the traditional European brown ale. Brewed in Oregon, its toasted nutty flavor is a real crowd pleaser.
- Founders Brewing Sumatra Mountain Brown: This caramel and chocolate malt flavored beer is combined with rich Sumatra coffee to make an unforgettable brown ale.
Do you have a favorite fall ale? Let us know in the comments and show us drinking it out of your favorite Arctica Tumbler or growler!