Move over wine, you aren’t alone anymore. Beer pairings are becoming just as popular as wine pairings these days, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. What I didn’t like about preparing this list, was how many more beers I wanted to add to it. The list of Fall and Winter beers that exceed my expectations is unending. They all have a special place in my heart. In addition to wine this year, we will be serving beer as well, and I have compiled a list of what I think are the 12 best beers to serve this time of year. This list does cater to the midwest and western states (for the most part). I so wish that I could include more brews from the East, but I have to work with what beers I can get my hands on. You will find that this list includes beers that belong both in the autumn and winter months. Stouts and pumpkin ales are the most popular this time of year, as many of you may already know. I hope you enjoy drinking them just as much as I did/do!
The Bruery’s Autumn Maple
Why? Because it’s brewed with yams. That’s why.
EvilTwin Brewing’s Christmas Eve at a NYC Hotel Room
Why? This Imperial Stout is one of a kind; and I think it’s title is more than enough reason to give it a go.
Lefthand Brewing’s Fade to Black Volume 1
Why? This Foreign Stout has hints of licorice and molasses. I think we can leave it at that.
Great Divide’s Hibernation Ale
Why? This English-Style Old Ale is just what you need to escape the cold.
Santa Fe Brewing’s Imperial Java Stout
Why? This beer pairs perfectly with pecan pie.
North Coast Brewing Company’s Old Rasputin
Why? Because Russian Imperial Stouts and Thanksgiving go hand in hand.
Paradox Beer Company’s Pepitas Grande
Why? This pumpkin ale is aged in red wine barrels. I don’t think we need any more reason than that.
Alaskan’s Pumpkin Porter
Why? Quite possibly the best pumpkin porter you will ever drink.
Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale
Why? Quite possibly the best pumpkin ale you will ever drink.
Uinta Brewing’s Punk’n
Why? This harvest pumpkin ale is like pumpkin pie in a bottle.
Lefthand Brewing’s Wake Up Dead Stout on Nitro
Why? This stout is smooth, silky and great with French silk pie!
Bristol Brewing Company’s Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
Why? Because this oatmeal stout is malty and rich and best consumed next to the fireplace.