Fall is in the air and with the change of season brings new combinations of entertaining options, seasonal ingredients and fall flavor combinations. As the summer heat begins to recede into cooler fall temperatures, the cooler weather generally allows our taste preferences to transition into more EARTHY craft beers that highlight the seasonal fall flavors. Here’s a few picks for pairing with grilled kielbasa, bratwurst or pork chops:
Shipyard Brewing Co. Smashed Pumpkin (Maine)
A big-bodied beer with aromas of pumpkin and nutmeg. The Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of hops to balance the sweetness of fruit.
Shipyard Brewing Co. Pumpkinhead Ale (Maine)
A crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor.
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen (Germany)
Ayinger is one of Germany’s most famous and historic brewery’s. The Oktober Fest Märzen has a deep golden color tinted with amber. It is lightly sweet with a malty nose balanced with floral hops. Its medium to big body and alcohol is not overpowering.
Weihenstephan Festbier (Germany)
A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor. Prost!