Best Fall Beers: 28 Perfect Ales, Stouts, Porters, and IPAs to Drink in 2019
The Best Porters and Stouts
Porters and stouts are both types of ales, but they usually feature malts that are roasted even more than those used to make amber and brown ales. They tend to be the heaviest beers, but also feature nutty and chocolate notes that could offer comfort against a brisk fall chill. Since the historical difference between the two is hotly debated, there is no universal standard to distinguish one from the other. Either way you go, you’re going to get something dark, and hopefully delicious.
The Bell’s Cherry Stout is a favorite of Watt’s customers. “It’s a single stout, so it’s under 9% ABV. People can drink a whole pint of it. It’s not going to knock you off your barstool.”
“We’ve actually already gone through our allocation of this beer,” said Watt. “You can probably still get it in other places, but our customers went through it quickly.”
Watt also likes this Aphrodite stout, which comes from Dieu de Ciel in Quebec. “We always put this on in the fall. It’s absolutely delicious.”
“Fall marks the beginning of Porter season for me,” says Michael Roper, founder and owner of Hopleaf Bar in Chicago. “And there’s no better Porter in America than Anchor Porter,” which comes from San Francisco.
“If you are stoking the fireplace, a smoked malt beer like Alaskan Smoked Porter will be appropriate,” said Roper. These beers use smoked malts instead of roasted malts, which gives them a more earthy flavor than other beers.
The word imperial, when applied to beer, is usually an indication that this is a strong, high ABV beer. “This is an imperial stout that’s aged in Willet Rye Barrels. It’s rich, it’s deep, it’s very tasty,” said Watt. “Personally for me, beers like this are almost like a dessert. It’s like eating a brownie … When it comes to something like this, I want a 10-ounce pour.”
This is a favorite imperial stout of Molly Gunn, co-owner of the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, Georgia. “Bonus! This beer ages incredibly well so if you buy too much, don’t be afraid to hang onto it and crack it open in a year. The beautiful barrel character will be even stronger.”
“This is the kind of beer I gravitate towards when it gets colder,” said Alicia Guevara, who owns Mekelberg’s in Brooklyn, NY. In fact, the team likes the beer so much they collaborated with Grimm to make a seasonal beer using Mekelberg’s cinnamon babka.
The Best Fall Lagers
Lagers often get a bad rep, mostly because it’s an enormously expansive category or beer. Yes, Coors Light is a lager, but so are a ton of well-balanced, flavorful beers that do not taste like toilet water. Many of our experts said they gravitate towards darker styles of this brew, particularly the kinds with extremely long German names.
“Anytime you see a beer name with the suffix -ator, it’s a doppelbock,” says Elise Capers, general manager of Axelrad Beer Garden in Houston, Texas. “This one has a mild molasses flavor, with toasty and roasty carmelized darker fruits.”
To explain why he loves this doppelbock, Chekaldin told us an extremely evocative story of its origin. According to him, a monk name St. Korbinian won a permit to brew this beer by defeating a bear on his way to the Vatican. “Now we can all enjoy one of the best strong, dark lagers in the world,” he says. We have no way to verify this story, but Chekaldin’s enthusiasm makes us at least confident this beer tastes incredible. (Capers is also a fan.)
A weizen doppelbock is a doppelbock made with wheat. According to Capers, it’s got a similar molasses flavor as the doppelbock. “But when you put the wheat in it brings a whole other level of nuance. It’s got almost a banana pudding flavor and lot of clove. I used to suggest this beer to anyone who was a little scared to drink beer when I was a server.”
“A schwarzbier is a lager with dark, roasted malts,” says Watts. “This one from Great Raft is available year-round, but we make sure to stock in the fall.”
Roper is a fan of this schwarzbier, which comes from a Chicago brewery.
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