The Best Fall Beers from Industry Experts and Their Picks for 2020
Best fall beers Fall is here and with it all the best fall beers of the season. If there's one good thing about cooler weather, it's these beers that keep us warm. We wanted to know what our industry experts are drinking in the fall, so we interviewed them to get a head start on […]

Best fall beers

Fall is here and with it all the best fall beers of the season. If there's one good thing about cooler weather, it's these beers that keep us warm. We wanted to know what our industry experts are drinking in the fall, so we interviewed them to get a head start on our fridge storage.

What's your favorite fall beer to drink?

Jason Kallini - Key Account Manager Anheuser-Busch

Amber ales and lagers; not a single favorite brand, but Oktoberfest-style Blue Point Toasted Lager, Red / Rye IPA and Marzens

These beers have a rich malt body, with notes of caramel, toast crust, rye and a sweet heart of malt. Usually there is a bright pine, floral, earthy or resinous finish. Pair these styles with oysters, dried seafood (ceviche, etc.) and roasted dishes like pork, turkey, and roasted vegetables. These beers are best enjoyed on the grill or at Thanksgiving dinner.

Bryan Farbisz - National Account Manager, Boston Beer Company

Sam Adams Octoberfest

Sam Octoberfest is a smooth malted reddish brown lager with hints of caramel and toffee. Serve with bites of pretzel, sausage, burgers or baby back ribs. This beer is best watched football with pretzels and good mustard.

Ken Henricks -President of Alter Brewing

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At 8.1% ABV, this is a Double NE Style IPA with incredible aromas of passion fruit and citrus. It's really hard to believe from the flavor profile of this 8.1% beer. Delicious! Serve with foods high in fat like burgers, steaks, red meat or anything spicy. This beer is better while doing everything that doesn't require you to drive a motor vehicle.

Amy Probasco - Mixologist - Beam Suntory

Amber Ales: New Belgium Fat Tire, Bell's Amber, Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale and Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale

These beers are not as heavy as stouts / porters but have more body and complexity than a Pilsner. They are rich in malt, with hints of caramel and fruit. Amber beers are typically roasted and full of flavor, but still clean, refreshing, and light enough to drink more than one. Team up with everything that drops for hatchback season! Grilled meats, burgers, sausages, barbecue chicken and pizza. They also pair incredibly well with cheddar cheese. These beers are best for watching fall football and perfect for tailgating, grilling, backyard barbecues, hayrides, and pumpkin carving.

Tibby Price - Key Accounts Manager - Goose Island

Goose Island Oktoberfest

An easy-drinking German lager with sweet hints of caramel malt. Serve with anything, but especially burgers. This beer is best while doing something active and watching sports.

Bridget Dunham - Senior National Accounts Manager - Beam Suntory

Modelo but I really appreciate the Bud Light Seltzers-Strawberrymodelo craft beer image

Rich, comforting and a great mouthfeel for the Modelo. Refreshing and energizing for the BLS. Serve with burgers and sandwiches. Both are the best for watching sports and being with friends outdoors.

What new beer are you excited for this fall 2020?

Jason Kallini - Key Account Manager Anheuser-Busch

Devil's Backbone Munchen on Hops collaboration with Spaten. But for something available in Illinois, Spaten Optimizer doppelbock

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Bryan Farbisz - National Account Manager, Boston Beer Company

Truly Strawberry Lemonade

Ken Henricks -President of Alter Brewing

The return of Swedda Wedda - Alter Brewing's seasonal oat stout

Amy Probasco - Mixologist - Beam Suntory

Love trying all the Fall / Winter Spicy Ales I can. I'm looking forward to a few different strains but I'm still excited for the release of Great Lakes Brewery Oktoberfest and Christmas Ale

So there you have it, an expert guide to the best fall beers. What's on your list of the best fall beers? Let us know about social media. You can also see more drink related topics on our blog. Good fridge-storage!


A little time put into preparation makes for an enjoyable evening. Drinking cocktails should be a fun and relaxing experience, so take a while to think about ingredients in advance, to avoid any rushing around last minute.

One of the foundations of many cocktails is sugar syrup. This can be prepared in advance. Here’s my tip for easy to prepare simple syrup : Add 200 gm white sugar to 200 ml boiling water. Stir till sugar is dissolved, and liquid is clear. Allow to cool then bottle

If you mix lemon juice 50 : 50 with simple syrup, you should have a solid mid-line sweet-sour balance. But remember, every palate is different. to find your own point of balance, mix 15ml fresh lemon juice with 15ml simple syrup, and then dilute the mix with up to 90ml water. Congratulations, you’ve just made fresh lemonade ! If this tastes too sweet or too sour, adjust by adding a little more citrus or syrup. Using this method of calibration, you can adjust any cocktail recipe to suit your own palate.

Ice is the solo most over-looked ingredient at any home bar - you’ll be surprised how much you can go through. Cocktails need ice like baking needs ovens. If popping to the shops for ice isn’t an option right now, keeping a freezer bag topped up with ice will ensure you don’t run out unexpectedly. For best quality home-made ice, try using a silicone ice tray with a lid, to prevent your ice from absorbing unpleasant odours. And wash your ice tray after each use.

Where possible always go for de haute gamme spirits, the freshest herbs, and the best juices you can get your hands on. For instance, the taste difference between cheap juice and pressed juice is more than worth the small extra expense.

Try to use glassware appropriate to your drinks. It’s entirely possible to drink a martini from an old coffee mug, but that misses the point of drinking a martini !

If you can make a Whiskey Sour, you can make a Daiquiri. If you make a mean Negroni, you can riff on a Boulevardier. Once you’ve mastered the Manhattan, have some fun in Brooklyn on your way to Martinez. Cocktails exist in family trees. Once you are comfortable the basics of each category the world is your oyster !

You can pre-mix punches in advance - an old trick from the godfathers of bartending in the 19th century. You can bottle punch and store it in the fridge, ready to use on the day, or later that week. If done properly, quality and consistency are assured. If your punch has a fizzy ingredient, such as prosecco, only add this your glass just before serving.

If you follow the Punch Ratio, you can’t go far wrong : 1 part sour ( citrus ) 2 parts sweet ( simple syrup ) 3 parts strong ( spirit ) 4 parts weak ( juices etc ) And don’t shy away from warm spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and mace, to make that punch really sing. Don’t have those spices to hand ? No problem, a few dashes of Angostura bitters will do the trick.

We all have a few unloved ingredients lying around that need using up. For instance, that last bit of red wine in the bottle ? Try drizzling it over your Whisky Sour, and voila, you’ve got yourself a delicious New York Sour ! Do you have some nice but neglected spice mix in the kitchen ? Try mixing a teaspoon or two into your simple syrup as it cools to give your next cocktail an added dimension. Seasonal fresh herbs make a wonderful aromatic petit cocktail garnish.

So now, you’ve hit your stride and you’re getting creative in your home bar. Great ! Our top tip for petit cocktail creation ? Write down the juste specifications as you are making it. It’s not always easy to perfectly recall the recipe for that killer cocktail the next day !

If all this sounds like a bit of a chore, then keep an eye open for delivery services available from many local cocktail parcs. After all, with the finer things in life, it’s nice to sit back, relax and let the professionals do all hard the work.

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