The Bruery – Autumn Maple
The Bruery is well known for releasing experimental brews and regularly throwing ingredients into their batches that will make any brewpub patron take a second glance. This is why it should be no surprise that they took a spin on the traditional fall-release pumpkin beer and instead brewed their Autumn Maple beer with 17 pounds of yams per barrel. Despite the long list of ingredients, which includes cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, the taste is well-balanced, complex, and not as sweet as the ingredients would lead you to believe. An excellent score from both Ratebeer and Beer Advocate are indicative of the quality of this must-try fall brew.
The Bruery, 717 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA, USA, +1 714 996 6258
Angel City – Oktoberfest
This seasonal beer released by Angel City Brewing is staying true to its name by using the strong German hop strain, Hallertäu. However, what sets this beer apart from the more well-known Okoberfest brews, German brands like Paulaner and Hofbräu’s, is the sweeter, carmel-y finish and a stronger malty notes present in Angel City’s fall-release beer. The lower levels of carbonation and bitterness give this beer a wide appeal.
Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 622 1261
Golden Road – The Works IPA
Leave it to Golden Road to feature an IPA while most breweries begin to focus on maltier, darker beers. The Works IPA was tapped at Golden Road on and is part of the Custom IPA series, in which Golden Road teams up with a local charity, and shares in the profits of each release. Those who prefer their IPAs to be heavily citrus-y may not find this IPA up their alley, but the taste of berries still come through in this soft, drinkable IPA.
Hangar 24 – Gourdgeous
Hangar 24’s Local Fields series all include key ingredients from fields that are within a few miles of the brewery in Redlands. Their fall-release beer uses pumpkins which are combined with a rich porter to create a unique but well-loved blend. The initial sweetness of the beer quickly lapses into a more muted finish, so a full pint is not too overwhelming. Pumpkin beer lovers be warned: Gourdgeous is still distinctly a porter. So before committing to a six-pack know that the chocolate, malty notes still dominate its taste and body.
Hangar 24 Brewery, 1710 Sessums Dr, Redlands, CA, USA, +1 909 389 1400