Posted on September 21 2018
Alright y'all last week I was given an important task. To find the BEST beers to pair with everyone's favorite fall foods. From caramel apples and candy corn to tailgate favorites and thanksgiving feasts, I ate and drank it all. Just for you. You're welcome. After all of my thorough research, a slight bit of drunk stumbles, and A LOT of time at the gym to work off all those calories, I've returned with a master list (and some honorable mentions) to make sure you get your perfect beer fix this season!
#1 Caramel Apples w/ Mop Water by Cape May Brewing
Mop Water might not sound appealing, but boy is it tasty! As described by the Cape May Brewers themselves as "a beer brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and a s-load of real vanilla." They are not wrong it is a SHEESH load of vanilla! But, it's exactly that vanilla, spice mix, and malt that makes this brown ale perfect for late fall/early winter. The vanilla flavor pairs so nicely with caramel apples and the hopipness of the beer balances out the sweetness perfectly.
# 2 Cinnamon Rolls w/ White Zombie Belgin White Ale by Catawba
Who doesn't love brunch, am I right? Sometimes though you aren't in the mood for a mimosa or a bloody Mary. In that case check out our next favorite brew! White Zombie has a light body made with unmalted wheat and spiced with coriander and orange peel. The hops are very subtle giving it a very refreshing feel. This light beer balances well with the heavy sweetness of ooey gooey cinnamon rolls perfectly. It's fruity, it's spicy, it's named after our favorite undead creatures. You gotta try this!
#3 Classic Chili w/ Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head
Aaah our first Pumpkin Ale on the list! We had to have at least one! I mean it is fall after all! I absolutely adore Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale, and not just because it's made in my home town, Franklin TN. It's a smooth brown ale with hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. You know those southerners love their brown sugar, and as a matter of fact their chili! If you love spicy chili this is the perfect companion. It cools the heat a little bit without being over powering. Perfect for a chilly fall night.
#4 Pumpkin Seeds w/ Buffalo Butt by Rahr and Sons
Okay, So I gotta admit I'm not actually sure how well this beer pairs with regular pumpkin seeds, but it's amazing when mixed in this recipe for Pumpkin Seed Beer Brittle. I love this beer. It's a beautiful amber thats smooth, malty and sweet. Perfect companion to the chipotle spiced pumpkin seeds in the brittle.
#5 Mashed Potatoes & Turkey w/ Autumn Maple by The Bruery
My favorite thing to do after thanksgiving is to pile up all those leftovers on a big ole sandwich. It's like a big feast action packed into a filling lunch. The perfect beer for this meal, as well as the original Thanksgiving Feast! This Autumn Ale is like a pumpkin ale but better, because it's made with yams! It's a bold brown ale spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and vanilla. I'm head over heals for this combo yes I yam!
#6 Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts w/ Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing
I. Love. Donuts!! Walking around an apple orchard with a (let's be real, at least 3) soft warm yeast donut covered in cinnamon and sugar is one of my favorite fall activities. Dirty Bastard makes the perfect drink with these sweets. It's a dark ale aged in a bourbon barrel which gives it that slight smokey taste with a hint of maple flavor too.
#7 Squash with Spicy Italian Sausage w/ Festbier by Victory Brewing Co
Festbier! It's honestly just fun to exclaim, you should try it! It's a lighter fall beer with subtle sweetness and malt. It's perfectly refreshing, just the thing to take away some of the spicy zing in the spicy Italian sausage, while the delicate sweet notes pair well with the mild squash.
#8 Pumpkin pie w/ Abita Pecan Harvest Ale
Picture this: Everyone's favorite pumpkin pie topped with sweet candied pecans. Sounds amazing right? That's what you get when you pair these two! Pecan Harvest is a beautiful blonde that's smooth with notes of caramel and pecans. It's not too sweet so it pairs well with the pie without maxing out the sweet level.
#9 Burgers/Brats/Hotdogs w/ Oktoberfest Marzine Lager by Left Hand Brewing
FOOTBALL! I'm not a huge fan of football, but what I do love is tailgating! On a sunny yet chilly fall day, standing in a parking lot full of the smell of hotdogs, burgers and pretzels wafting off of the numerous grills surrounding you. Mmmm if you'd like to celebrate this all American fast time with a quality beer (yeah, we're adults so please ditch the Bud Light!) make sure to bring along a pack of this Oktoberfest Marzine. This beer starts brewing in the spring, and doesn't stop until just in time for football season! This beer is pretty hoppy so it's perfect to get you all hopped up before the game! The hops are balanced well with a nice spicy malt taste as well. This is how you celebrate in style.
#10 Candycorn, Popcorn & Peanuts w/ Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock
Candy corn is a halloween staple, peanuts are a fall staple, and Abentinus needs your new drink staple! This beer is a beautiful dark (really dark) mahogany color. It's dark so it's a little heavy so it's perfect with a sweet snack. Spicy flavors of plum, banana and clove reveal themselves along with a hint of bitter almond and marzipan. It's a great dessert beer and would pair well with any sweet ending!
Eat, Drink, and be spooky!
Happy Fall y'all!