If you have taken a stroll down our beer aisle recently, you have probably noticed another tell-tale sign that we have transitioned from summer to fall even though it still feels like summer outside: Your favorite crisp summer beers have been replaced by the heartier fall seasonal selections. If you are a summer-only beer drinker, it might be time to consider the beauty of weightier fall brew: They can pair wonderfully with a wide variety of foods, just like their summer counterparts can. Their richer, more complex flavors invite a new set of food partners to the table: Think hearty stews, chili, roasted/braised meats and roasted root vegetables. Here are three of the many fall seasonal brews that we now carry that will give you a sense of what you can enjoy in the chilly months to come. Cheers!
Ace Pumpkin Cider: Made by our friends just down the road in Sebastopol, here is a tasty cider with the perfect fall twist. A beautiful pale golden straw color, the nose expresses notes of sweet apple, pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon and clove. The mouth-feel is crisp, clean and refreshing. Flavors of apple, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg glide across the palate leading to a lasting finish. This would pair perfectly with apple glazed pork, or turkey.
Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale: This ale pours a striking root beer brown color. Aromas of pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg and vanilla are present on the nose, with pumpkin, brown sugar, gingerbread, molasses and caramel on the palate. Medium bodied, this ale finishes balanced and creamy. This ale sells out quickly year after year, so be sure to pick up a 6 pack before they’re gone!
Anderson Valley Fall Hornin’: Fall Hornin’ is a play on the saying Bahl Hornin’, which means “good drinking” in Anderson Valley’s local dialect, Boontling. A brilliant deep copper color with a creamy beige head, this delightful fall seasonal shows aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Delectable flavors of pumpkin, warm spice, caramel and vanilla lead to a creamy, smooth finish. Pair with steak chili, roasted root vegetables, or an aged cheddar.