Photo courtesy of East End Brewing
Ahhh, September. This month signifies change. Sunshine, good times and summer have transitioned to changing leaves, back-to-school and all things pumpkin. Even though the weather is still warm, the nights are getting colder and Autumn is coming!
Craft beer is seeing this yearly tradition occur right now as well. This is one of the first weekends that I’ve seen a ton of fall-inspired beers take the weekly releases by storm. Here are three brews that I want to get my hands on ASAP!
Aurochs Brewing: Pumpkin Ale. This is, without a doubt, the most popular brew that Aurochs offers. Gluten-free or not, this beer is always an Autumn slam dunk. Filled with cinnamon, honey, vanilla and molasses, this has been my favorite pumpkin beer for years! This year’s edition sold out in a day! However, do not fret! Another batch is in the works (sign up for their newsletter to snag a pack!).
Allegheny City Brewing: OFest. A traditional Oktoberfest Ale, this 5.7% german lager is a malty seasonal treat! This beer sounds like an amazing choice for some outdoor drinking as the temperatures start to descend into flannel weather.
East End Brewing: Big Hop Harvest Ale. This is the wet-hopped version of the flagship Big Hop that is only available this time of year. There is a brief window where the hops are harvested for this beer – they are picked straight from the bines and placed in the tanks THAT DAY. This results in a unique taste and aroma for the beer. A 6.4% traditional IPA, expect a brew brimming with freshness! This is a perfect beer for folks who love hops!
As you can see, fall is bringing something for everyone this year! Did you try any of these brews yet this year? Do you have a fall favorite from Pittsburgh’s craft beer scene? Let me know in the comments below!