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 interviewedThe 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 email@example.com or tweet @sarah_gish.