PD’s own dissect beer. Leave the pretentiousness on the curb.
If you think you’ve had enough pumpkin beers this fall, hold your headless horsemen. This Halloween-themed Pumpkin Spiced Lager from Maryland-based DuClaw Brewing Co. isn’t just for pumpkin beer aficionados. Although it has the traditional seasonal flavorings (pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg), they don’t overwhelm the Munich Dunkel foundation this beer is built on.
Zipline Brewing Co. of Nebraska has earned another Great American Beer Fest (GABF) medal. In 2021 Festbier received the bronze medal in the style of Dortminder or German-Style Oktoberfest. What is special about the brewing process? “Time!”
Beneath a swinging wooden sign, quite literally around the corner from the famed Frenchmen Street and mere yards from the downriver border of the French Quarter, unassumingly sits one of the best craft breweries in New Orleans.
Since its inception in 2017, Brieux Carre Brewing — an impossibly perfect pun, a nod to the historic name for the French Quarter, the french term “Vieux Carre” meaning “old square” — has released some of the quirkiest named, highest quality beers in the burgeoning craft beer scene on the Gulf Coast.
Isn’t this the absolute best time of the year? Trees are starting to lose leaves and become shaded in every color. Football, the ever-approaching holidays and cool breezes are ahead in the next few weeks. Now is the chance to enjoy it all.
But, the best part of autumn is easily the beer releases. Yes, there will be an abundance of pantry-ravished Pastry Stouts, and for good reason. However, those are not the only beers to hoard or enjoy this time of year.
The rebirth of America’s Lager revolution is booming. From Pilsners to Helles, IPLs to Schwarzbiers, and with the return of autumn, there might be no more popular seasonal style than Oktoberfest Märzens. So we figured what better way to kick off PorchDrinking’s Blind Tasting series with one of the fastest rising styles in craft beer.
What do you get when you have a delicious Belgian Tripel that’s aged in wine and bourbon barrels for up to nine months, resting on some of the most flavorful Ozark peaches you can find? You get a beer that is of prehistoric proportions aptly named T-REX On Peaches. Let’s dig in and uncover more about this incredible brew from Fayetteville, AR-based Fossil Cove Brewing.
If you’ve recently been in the Denver metro area you may have noticed a brewery on your way to the mountains. Over Yonder Brewing Co. is located in Southwest Golden, CO near 1-70, a major highway into the mountains. It is also conveniently located close to the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, making it a great place to stop for beer before a show.
Volume, a Schwarzbier (Dark Lager) brewed by Rebel Mettle Brewery in Cincinnati, is an exercise in contradictions. It’s smooth and supremely drinkable, yet it sits at a respectable ABV of 8.5%. It’s dark and roasty, yet it’s no Porter or Stout. It’s brewed with juniper berries but this ain’t no gin.
Parson’s Beer, a Golden Ale, is brewed by Revolution Brewing and can only be enjoyed at Parson’s Chicken & Fish here in Chicago. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing and pairs perfectly with Parson’s incredible menu. You can’t necessarily enjoy the restaurant’s stunning patio year-round, but you can enjoy this beer anytime you’d like–and that’s arguably more important.
October is upon us which means the weather outside is delightful, the holidays are coming and Spooky Season is in full swing. Also, though, the calendar flipping to October signals the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Elsewhere Brewing, in Atlanta, Georgia, is taking the month to heart with festive celebrations and a particular new beer release.
The bare shoulder and neck of what we assume is a human woman is sketched in pencil. The lines vary in shade and weight like they’re drawn from shadows. Where the neck meets the face, a skeletal jaw emerges, the teeth all wrong like they were ripped from something that hunts the dark forest. The upper teeth are human, and above them, the hollow eye sockets of a skull that nonetheless seem to stare straight into us.
And it’s here the nightmare really begins. Massive branches of a great tree split from the top of the skull like an antler rack, too heavy for the neck but held up by a hidden, infernal strength, stretching their limbs and fingers into the fog. Looking closer, the creature’s own arms bear a faint pattern of bark, the entire thing some alchemy of primeval nature and inchoate humanity stalking the landscape of our dreams.
Chicago’s Maplewood Brewery & Distillery just released a new Cold IPA, Cold Chisel, that is fermented and conditioned at colder temperatures, similar to a lager. As the temps begin to drop here in the Midwest, it’s the perfect time to try this new brew from one of the best Chicago breweries.
With spooky season approaching quickly, how could you not want to try Drekker Brewing Co.s Braaaaaaaains Series?! Making waves all the way from North Dakota, Drekker Brewing proves just how delicious Fruit Smoothie Sours can be.
Breweries like to go big on their anniversary. Usually a party, special tappings, food trucks, and sometimes, a special beer. Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado celebrates their anniversary with live ska bands and around 25 guest breweries pouring shaker glasses full of beer for thirsty partygoers. With COVID in full swing last September, the team made the tough decision to cancel the party. This year, they went big… really big. (And I’m not just talking about the Mighty Mighty Bosstones headlining the sold-out party.)
Reflecting on Good Word Brewing’s lager releases since opening in 2017, brewer/owner Todd DiMatteo candidly admits they’ve gotten better. He’s made a number of them, but only brewed Helles one other time before this effort, Are You Living in a Computer Simulation. Though it’s a fine beer as is, he will continue to refine it.
For the previous 10 years, Epic Brewing of Utah and Colorado produces Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, a stout aged in whiskey barrels with added cacao nibs and coffee. It is a delightful beer, the ingredient flavors are recognizable, and it is high in ABV at 11.7%. Since 2016, Epic Brewing each year produces variants with this year’s batch showing fulfilling and fun achievements.
To start, the just-released 2021 line-up features six variants: Naked Baptist, In The Rye, Black Forest Cake, Double Barrel, Double Jam and Chocolate Mint. All are available across retail partners across Colorado starting September 30 and customers are able to order online for pick up from September 30 – October 11.
Just over half an hour directly to the south of Austin sits Lockhart, Texas — the self-proclaimed “barbecue capital” of the state. The quintessential small-town-Texas vibe is punctuated by the enormous queues snaking out of Lockhart’s four famous barbecue joints on the weekend, which attract visitors from across the state and further afield. Now there is a new reason to visit Lockhart: Hawkins Farmhouse Ales.
The fact that Märzen-style beers aren’t offered year-round is devastating. Even if we all had to come together and choose just one local offering to hold onto outside of the season, I’m convinced that Endgrain by Hopewell Brewing would have a strong chance.
With so many Oktoberfest beers to choose from, it’s challenging to sample them all, but we’re trying. Oktubberfest, a Festbier from Cincinnati’s Taft’s Brewing Co. is a fine example of a light, easy-drinking Lager-style Oktoberfest beer.
In a season that has many brewers rummaging through their spice cabinets to pull together something pumpkin spiced, Beards Brewery in Petoskey, Michigan chose a different path. Hop Up North Imperial Red IPA is a welcome addition to autumn beer.