The 11 Autumn Beers We’re Excited to See Back in Stock

Autumn is quite possibly the best time to be a beer drinker in America. Gone are the light, effervescent brews of summertime. As the leaves start changing, temperatures start dropping, and beers start getting more body. Now, fuller, more complex varieties are available on shelves to celebrate the turning seasons. Instead of your lighter options, you’ll see amber ale, brown ale, märzen, and of course pumpkin beer varieties popping up in your local craft beer shops and breweries.

However, like all good things, these seasonal beers are wonders that fade with the colors. So enjoy them while you can, and make sure to stock up if you can’t bear to think that they will one day disappear again.

1. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Fuego del Otono

Dexter, Michigan

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales has a name befitting fall, but explaining that every beer they brew does not involve pumpkin can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. This Michigan-based brewery is known for funky, complex brews and their fall favorite is no exception.

Fuego del Otono has a woody, barnyard-y taste that will elucidate as colorful a description as the imagination of the drinker allows.

2. Weyerbacher Brewing Co.: Imperial Pumpkin Ale 

Easton, Pennsylvania

Not too early for pumpkin spice right? #pumpkinspice #beer #weyerbacherbrewingco #pumpkin #imperialpumpkinale

A post shared by Sheryl Heichel (@sherylock) on

You knew that there was going to have to be at least one true pumpkin ale on the list so we chose one from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

With a strong rush of nutmeg, cinnamon, and, of course, baked jack-o’-lantern, this upfront taste is muted by a malty backbone that makes this brew quite a treat. The transition from late summer to fall never tasted better. 

3. Sixpoint Brewery: 3beans Imperial Porter

Brooklyn, New York

autumn-beers
Sixpoint Brewery

While you might be familiar with 4Beans from Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn, this year the team will be releasing 3beans, a barrel-aged porter. Aged with cocoa husks and coffee, this is a warm, thick beer that we’re excited to try. 

Live in the area? Head over to the brewery on November 18 for a special event dedicated to tapping 3beans!

4. Sierra Nevada: Northwest Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA

Chico, California; Fletcher, North Carolina

Even Ken gets down at #Oktoberfest! #ProstLikeAPro #HomebrewedHero

A post shared by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (@sierranevada) on

From Sierra Nevada brewery comes a classic West Coast IPA with none of the bitterness. Think tangy grapefruit, pine, and maybe some wet fall leaves that’ll have you grabbing a six-pack for your next tailgate.

5. New Belgium Brewing: Long Table Farmhouse Ale

Fort Collins, Colorado

Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company has a brand-new release for the fall, and it’s the perfect bridge between summery suds and heavier fall brews. With tons of citrus and a sugary, malty aftertaste, this beer is a confident nod to the season.

6. Bell’s Brewery: Cherry Stout

Kalamazoo, Michigan; Comstock, Michigan

Via: @beero_clock Bell's Cherry Stout. #craftbeer #cherrystout

A post shared by @beer on

Missouri’s oldest craft brewery usually rolls out this seasonal beverage in October, and this year is no exception. It’s a deeply hued, deeply textured take on the English stout.

The stout’s infusion of Michigan Montmorency cherries underscores the chocolatey affair making this a perfect option for those who aren’t the biggest beer fans. In fact, they might never go for a pale ale again once trying this complex autumn release. 

7. Anchor Brewing: Big Leaf Maple Autumn Red

San Francisco, California

これは!旨い、旨いぞ!#anchorbrewing #bigleafmapleautumnred

A post shared by 安人 (@yayayaya.yappy) on

We can thank America’s oldest craft brewery, Anchor out of San Francisco, for this seasonal favorite. The addition of real autumn maple syrup gives a caramel-y malt that leaves the red ale with a lush, candy-like taste.

Don’t worry, the fresh hops are strong, too, to keep this fall favorite crisp and drinkable. 

8. Saranac Brewery: Dark-toberfest

Utica, New York

So you've had a mimosa, but have you had a bromosa? aka Utica Club infused with oranges? 🍊

A post shared by Saranac Brewery (@saranacbrewery) on

Omnipresent in the autumn are Oktoberfest beers as brewers pay respect to the German holiday. And it wouldn’t autumn in the U.S. without the rich, rusty Octoberfest beer.

However, F.X. Matt Brewing Company out of Utica, New York (which also happens to be one of America’s oldest breweries), changes things up with this darker Munich Malt. Layers of sweetness are interspersed with a bready fullness that makes this beer inescapably autumnal. There’s no need for a pumpkin spice beer with this beaut on your counter.

9. Blue Owl Brewing: Dapper Devil

Austin, Texas

This seasonal winter beer by Blue Owl Brewing out of Austin is a dry, fruity and effervescent Belgian Strong ale with raspberry sweetness.

However, this brew is a little devious. Like all Blue Owl beers, this one is made with a sour mash that is bound to be a surprise if you aren’t expecting it.

10. Zilker Brewing Co.: Coffee Milk Stout

Austin, Texas

While Austin’s Zilker Brewing Company generally has a coffee milk stout on tap, the flavor of Flat Track Coffee beans the beer is brewed with changes with the seasons, though the rich coffee flavors are always present.

This season the beans are producing a soft, sweet, savory profile with hints of cherry that pair perfectly with the beers’ creamy texture and burnt sugar notes. 

11. Lagunitas Brewing Co.: Lil Sumpin’ Extra

Petaluma, California; Azusa, California; Chicago, Illinois; Charleston, South Carolina

Though it may look that way, Charlie's eyes were definitely not photoshopped in this pic… #BeerSpeaksDogsDrool #LittleSumpinSumpin

A post shared by The Lagunitas Brewing Company (@lagunitasbeer) on

Originally from Petaluma, California, Lagunitas has recently opened up a satellite brewery in Chicago and is featuring a fall favorite. Brewed with a wheat-y backbone the citrusy, slightly pine-y notes stand out dramatically for an ideal early fall seasonal pick.

Watch: Need a Beercation? Try These Off-the-Beaten Path Towns