Fall Beer Guide

west coast ipa

I must admit that I love beer. I actually ENJOY how it tastes. But if I’m going to allocate some of my precious daily calories to this indulgence, it better be good beer. I have nothing against Sam Adams, Blue Moon, or Stella…but I’m all about the local craft beers – the more unique the better. I could spend so long perusing the beer aisle trying to find a fun, new beer to try. I always get a little nervous that I’m about to waste $10-$14 if I don’t like it, but I’ve gotten pretty good at picking out beer I’ll enjoy! And if not, there are always guests who will take it off our hands! While the summertime usually has the best beer selection in my opinion, fall is a close second. I tend to steer clear of anything “pumpkin” flavored or too “Oktober-y”, but love the flavor of a good IPA. I’ve done the work for you, so next time you’re at the store try some of these breweries below:

Some of my favorite breweries (in no order):

  1. Deschutes (Oregon) – Freshly Squeezed IPA is my all-time favorite beer, specifically for the summer (although I’ll drink it year round…). They have a few other IPAs I’m dying to try for the fall, including the Pinedrops IPA & Hop Henge IPA. Any beer from Deshutes is a good one (Mirror Pond, Inversion IPA…) so you really can’t go wrong!
  2. New Belgium (Colorado) – Known for their “Fat Tire” beer, New Belgium has a great IPA, Ranger, and a great Session IPA, Slow Ride. If you like IPAs, I recommend giving a Session IPA a shot – it’s a little less hoppy in my opinion, but still very flavorful!
  3. Victory (Pennsylvania) – They had a great sampler case out for the summer that had 2 of my favorite summer beers: Summer Love & Whirlwind Witbier! But in the fall, they release Festbier which is an Oktoberfest Amber Lager. I’m usually not very into Lagers, but this one is surprisingly really good!
  4. Yards (Pennsylvania) – I love their Saison in the summer, but in the fall I usually go to my classic IPA. Their IPA is REALLY good, and being local to Pennsylvania it’s always in our beer fridge!
  5. Goose Island (Illinois) – When Kyle & I lived in Chicago, we were about 2 miles from the brewery. They always offer a great selection and while the 312 or 312 Urban Pale Ale are probably the most well known, I  love the Goose IPA or Matilda. And if you’re ever in Chicago, you should try the Green Line – offered only on draught, this is an “eco friendly” beer that is SOOO good!!!
  6. Ballast Point (Colorado) – I’ve only had a few from here, but the Sculpin was too good to not include on this list! While I tend to prefer beer from a bottle, Ballast Point offers all their beer in cans, too which can be fun to mix it up.
  7. Allagash – again, more of a summer brewery for me (Allagash White is a classic)…but they have some pretty great options. Kyle & I visited Allagash Brewery on our trip to Portland, Maine and had a blast trying out so many varieties. The Tripel & Dubel are great, but pricey…good for a special occasion!

Newer Favorites:

  1. Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Easy Jack IPA & Union Jack IPA
  2. Saranac – I tried out the Cloud Splitter this summer from a variety pack, and really loved it! For fall they offer an Oktoberfest & a Dark-toberfest, although the Legacy IPA seems more up my alley!

What are your favorite fall beers???

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