Summer, it’s been fun, but there comes a time when beer drinkers must put away childish things. Painful as it may be, we should bid adieu to our wimpy summer Coronas. Bye-bye, Bud Lite Lime! Sayonara, Sapporo! We’ve entered the season of hearty beers. Lucky for you, this fall’s got a lot of good suds on offer.
It’s the beginning of the year’s most delicious style season: time to pull out your tweed jacket, don your favourite scarf, flip through all 10 pounds of Vogue’s September issue, and hit the shops.
What does fashion have to do with beer, you might ask. Well, just as designers are debuting their new fashion lines, brewers are introducing original, seasonally appropriate lagers and ales for the cooler months. They craft them with the latest flavour trends in mind, and remix seasonal staples to bring out unique fall-friendly tastes.
Pumpkin is a dominant trend this year (Indie Alehouse nails it by roasting the orange gourd before mixing it with its creamy stout). But if quirky is more your style, crack open Beau’s Brewery’s smoked-wheat beer, which delivers a banana-marshmallow kick, or Amsterdam’s Rye Peppercorn Saison, a sour rye beer with a peppery pop. Into couture? Make it the Mackeson Triple XXX Stout, a revived classic that dates back to 1907. With a milk-chocolate start and an incredibly soft, creamy texture, it’s the Coco Chanel of brews. So settle in, grab a beer, and get ready to fashion your list of fall 2013 must-haves.
Click through the gallery at the top of this page to see what’s inside our ultimate fall two-four!