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Toast October with these six seasonal beers

Updated: 2013-10-02T18:52:57Z

By Sarah Gish

Today’s 80-degree weather is probably more suited to a pilsner than a porter, but this weekend’s forecast looks super cool – and ideal for rich and malty fall seasonal beers.

Recently I interviewed The Riot Room‘s bar manager (and resident beer geek) Candice Moore about her favorite autumnal craft brews for my dining column in Ink. All of them pair perfectly with football, cozy sweaters and turning leaves.

Here are six picks from Moore’s list.

Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colo.): “It’s amazing,” Moore says of this bold, dark beer, which is brewed with rolled oats and raisins.

Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest by Schlafly Beer (St. Louis): “Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is 8 percent alcohol by volume,” Moore says, so “my friend and I started mixing them so we could still get the pumpkin taste without getting hammered.”

Pumking by Southern Tier Brewing Company (Lakewood, N.Y.): This imperial ale is brewed with pumpkin and has hints of clove, cinnamon and pie crust.

Octoberfest by Free State Brewing Company (Lawrence, Kan.): Moore likes this local beer because it’s well balanced. “Mildly sweet but perfectly malty.”

Harvest Ale by Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Mich.): “It’s an American IPA that isn’t too dry,” Moore says. “It has citrus-y and herbal top notes.”

Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining columns for Ink and 913. Contact her via email at sarah@inkkc.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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