Author: Kate Clements / Category: Drinks / Published: Sept-21-2018
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! Cape May Brewers describes it as, "A beer brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and a s-load of real vanilla." It's the vanilla, spice, and malt mix that makes this brown ale perfect for late fall/early winter.
# 2 Cinnamon Rolls w/
White Zombie Belgin White Ale by Catawba
Who doesn't love brunch? When you're not in the mood for a mimosa or a bloody Mary, 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 providing a refreshing feel. This light beer balances out the sweetness of cinnamon rolls. You gotta try this!
#3 Classic Chili w/
Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head
I absolutely adore Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale, and not just because it's made in my hometown, 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 ale is the perfect companion. It cools the heat without being overpowering.
#5 Mashed Potatoes & Turkey w/
Autumn Maple by The Bruery
My favorite thing to do after Thanksgiving is pile up all those leftovers on a big ole sandwich. The Autumn Maple is the perfect beer for this meal, as well as the original Thanksgiving Feast! It is similar to a pumpkin ale but better, because it's made with yams! I'm head over heals for this combo.
#6 Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts w/
Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing
Walking around an apple orchard with a (let's be real, at least 3) soft warm doughnut covered in cinnamon and sugar is one of my favorite fall activities. Dirty Bastard is the perfect pair for this sweet treat. It's a dark ale aged in a bourbon barrel which gives it a slight smokey taste with a hint of maple flavor.
#7 Squash & Italian Sausage w/
Festbier by Victory Brewing Co
Festbier! It's honestly just fun to exclaim, you should try it! It's perfectly refreshing and takes away some of the spicy zing in the spicy Italian sausage. Its delicate sweet notes also 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
This combination is perfect for tailgating. If you'd like to celebrate this all American past time with a quality beer (Yeah, we're adults so please ditch the Bud Light!), make sure to bring along a pack of Oktoberfest Marzine. This beer is pretty hoppy, so it's perfect to get you all hopped up before the game!
#10 Candy corn & Peanuts w/
Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock
Candy corn is a Halloween staple, peanuts are a fall staple, and Abentinus is your new drink staple! This beer is a beautiful dark (really dark) mahogany color. Spicy notes 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!