September marks a major seasonal shift in the beer world, and everything focuses on fall. Pumpkin beers are released earlier each year and Oktoberfests hit at the same time, while breweries also begin to roll out some of the darker brews in their lineup.
Heavy Seas The Great’er Pumpkin
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale | 10%
Pumpkin beers have been reemerging in the fall seasonal market. Once the hottest thing around, the pumpkin trend has faded a bit, but drinkers are no longer hesitant to embrace the pumpkin flavors. Heavy Seas offers something different than the rest with their 10% bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin beer, The Great’er Pumpkin. You’ll find all the regular fall flavors of cinnamon, allspice, clove, and ginger in this beer but the bourbon barrel-aging adds in delicious notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak. While you won’t be crushing these at 10% ABV, Heavy Seas has certainly created an amazing pumpkin beer that is unique across the board.
Cape May Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest | 5.8%
Everyone already knows and loves the classic Oktoberfest offerings like Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, which is why we want to highlight a local option with Cape May’s Oktoberfest. This marzen-style lager hits all the right notes for a classic Oktoberfest offering. Cape May utilizes Vienna, Munich, Caramunich, Pilsen and Melanoidin malts to create a rich and complex amber lager. Tapping into these grains is what an Oktoberfest beer should be all about, and Cape May aims to honor and connect with some of the world’s oldest brewing traditions with their take on the style.
Pilsner | 5.5%
A truepenny is something that is both trusty and honest, and Allagash’s goal was to embody those characteristics with this beer. A Belgian-style Pilsner, Truepenny combines a classic grain bill with noble hops to create a crisp and refreshing base, but adds in a hint of wild beer to give additional balance to the brew. Don’t sleep on pilsners, because when done right, they offer a refreshing, light-bodied beer option.