Gone are the days of sipping light, lime Mexican lagers by the pool. We’ve rounded up the best fall brews for you to enjoy while cheering on the Titans, setting up a campfire, or just watching the leaves change.
Black Abbey : Never short on fall seasonals, give Black Abbey Brewing Company’s ‘Chronicles’ a try. This Oktoberfest-style beer pours an orange-amber color and is described as “malty and round.” It is extremely drinkable and light with a mild aroma of toffee and caramel.
Also in the lineup for fall/winter is ‘Krampus Nacht’, a full-bodied, bock-style beer featuring notes of chocolate and roasted malt, with a lingering dried fruit/cookie finish (perfectly paired with s’mores around a campfire!).
Chronicles 4.9% ABV 19 IBUs
Krampus Nacht 7.0% 20 IBUs
Little Harpeth: You don’t have to wait for Oktoberfest to get into the spirit. Little Harpeth’s ‘High Water’ Dunkel Lager is a double decoction, Munich style dark beer with a hoppy, smooth bitterness and spice and a chocolate finish.
Or, you can go with ‘Prost! Oktoberfest,’ their traditional German lager (pictured) that is smooth and rich with a malty, caramel aroma and lots of fall flavors, ending with a dry finish.
High Water Dunkel Lager 5.25% ABV 20 IBUs
Prost! Oktoberfest 4.99% ABV 21 IBUs
Tailgate Brewery: The brewmasters over at Tailgate are always crafting up new and unique ideas, and we are sure their fall lineup won’t disappoint. No details on the release of the #BASIC Pumpkin Ale though. Until then, there is still PLENTY to try on their rotating tap.
They are well-known for their Peanut Butter Milk Stout and Naked Statue Golden Ale. But if you’re up for something new, the ‘8th and Porter’ is a special coffee blend being offered for a limited time that uses beans from 8th and Roast. It is a dark, medium-bodied brew with a rich, roasted coffee aroma.
Peanut Butter Milk Stout 6.2% ABV
Naked Statue Golden Ale 5.3% ABV 17 IBUs
8th and Porter 5.4% ABV
Jackalope : This seasonal ‘Casper- The Gose’ doesn’t just have a clever name. This tart, peppery pour is described by Jackalope as “a refreshing half-wheat, half-pilsner malt brew with notes of coriander, lemon, and sea salt…very clean, and yet spicy.”
Or, if tart isn’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with their classic, year-round Bearwalker Maple Brown Ale to get you through Autumn. It’s a smooth, medium-bodied ale highlighting notes of maple syrup, brown sugar and chocolate, with earthy hops and a long, bittersweet finish. It’s sure to please.
AND—they just opened a second location, the Ranch in the Wedgewood-Houston area, so you have EVEN more choices on where to enjoy.
Casper – The Gose 5.0% ABV 13 IBUs
Bearwalker 5.1% ABV 37 IBUs
East Nashville Beer Works : The ‘Young Hickory Smoke Porter” tastes the way it sounds. The brewery describes it as being “tailor-made for backyard fire pit weather or a bonfire near you.” The unique, smoky flavor is combined with brown and chocolate malts.
Or, stick with the signature ‘Miro Miel’ Honey Blonde Ale if you want something just a little lighter. It is brewed with local Tennessee honey and has as floral aroma and clean finish, making it the perfect way to transition from those lighter, fruity summer notes into the flavors of fall.
Count me in!
Young Hickory Smoked Porter 4.5% ABV 23 IBUs
Miro Miel 5.2% ABV 15 IBUs
Bearded Iris Brewing: No matter what you are in the mood for, you’re sure to find it on draft on the always-rotating tap at Bearded Iris. Case in point: ‘Mood Ring,’ a double IPA with peaches, cinnamon, lactose, & vanilla—just like a bowl of warm peach cobbler.
But if you are looking for something heavier, the imperial oatmeal stout ‘V. Fudge’ may just tickle your fancy with it’s notes of warm vanilla bean and coca nibs.
Mood Ring 8.5% ABV
V. Fudge : 9.5% ABV
Tip it on back.