There is more to fall beer than pumpkin ale. With the massive number of fall-themed beers on the market, there really is something for everybody, and that means you can drink your way into the season without complaining that pumpkin just isn’t your thing. So here are the top eight fall beers you should be drinking. Now all you need is a pile of leaves to jump into after you finish them.
Sierra Nevada Tumbler
This brown ale has a massive cult following but now is sadly only readily available in Sierra Nevada’s Fall-Pack. A lot of people are really pissed off about this, including us. But trust us, the price you pay to get three of these beers is worth it. It’s a classic brown ale that delivers.
Elysian The Great Pumpkin
Really the only pumpkin beer you need to drink this season. These guys may have sold to A-B InBev, but that sale didn’t seem to change this beer one bit. It proves pumpkin beer can actually be really, really good.
Bell’s Best Brown
Another delicious brown ale that just screams fall. If you’ve never really been that into brown ale or you’ve never tried it, make this the first one that touches your lips. You’ll become a brown ale devotee in no time.
Tröegs Hop Knife
A fall ale for IPA drinkers, this beer celebrates the hop harvest and is full of citrus and tropical notes.
Southern Tier Harvest Ale
This is an Extra Special Bitter that has a nose of hops and citrus but a flavor that is more dominated by the malt. A bit bready, this beer is perfect for warming you up as you sit on the porch watching the leaves turn.
Boulevard Tank 7
Saisons are traditionally farmhouse ales, meant to be consumed during the harvest, and this saison from Boulevard is probably the best American-made example of the Belgian staple.
Great Lakes Brewing Nosferatu
When it comes to fall, most of us think of idyllic things like apple picking and leaf peeping, but the folks at Great Lakes like to think of Halloween. This Imperial Red Ale has rich malt flavors and bright hops — perfect for fending off a vampire.
Victory Sour Monkey
Some may say sour beers are only really ideal in summer, but this beer screams fall with dominant flavors of sour apple. It’s proof that all fall beer doesn’t have to be warm and cozy to still be a perfect fit for the season.