Top 8 Seasonal Texas Brews to Get You in the Fall Spirit
Many small brewing companies love any excuse to come out with a special beer to stir up excitement among fans. The idea is that if it's available for only a short period of time each year people will want it that much more. In my case, it totally works.
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg There's a great variety of fall beer out there, so go get you some!
Every year I look forward to fall beers because: A. It's the perfect time to switch over from refreshing summer brews to something with a little more body, and B. PUMPKIN. If ever there were a perfect pairing, I'm convinced it's hoppy wheat and pumpkin.
It's still a little early in the season for some fall beers to make their debut (I'm counting down the days until October 15, Saint Arnold), but there are some pretty stellar Oktoberfests and lagers available already.
And the best part? You don't even need to look past our bountiful home state to find some great bottles (or cans). We've got some of the best made right here in Texas, baby.
8. Buffalo Bayou Figaro
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Buffalo Bayou's Figaro is not what one might expect from a fall beer.
Buffalo Bayou's fall seasonal is a Belgian-style quadrupel. Thick, dark and malty, the Figaro is much sweeter than I was expecting for a beer with such a high ABV (11 percent). It's got a strong flavor of raisins and figs, which can be a little cloying if you're not accustomed to sweet beers. It doesn't taste like something packed with alcohol, so beware!
7. Real Ale Oktoberfest
This is a safe beer, but a highly drinkable one, which is exactly what you want when downing pint after pint with your lederhosen-clad brethren. Though it's made in Blanco, Texas, the Oktoberfest is brewed with German malt, hops and yeast to keep it as authentic as possible. It's a lovely shade of orangey amber that's slightly sweet and slightly malty, with just a hint of caramel. The actual Oktoberfest in Munich would be proud.
6. Southern Star Le Mort Vivant
Southern Star's fall offering is a French-style bier de garde whose name translates to "the living dead." It's an awesome shade of bright orange with a subtle fruitiness. It's not the most complex beer and, like an Oktoberfest, you can put back quite a bit of it without feeling like you just drank a fruitcake (coughFigarocough). Slight flavors of apples and anise come through after a few good sips.
5. Fort Bend Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
Fort Bend, a newish brewery out of Missouri City, describes this beer as bready and biscuity, and it does indeed have a slight baked-goods flavor. It's a little more complex than some other Oktoberfests, with a touch of malt and the tiniest bit of bitterness. Right now, it's mainly available at Fort Bend Brewing Co., but I snagged some from one of the Fort Bend Brewing crew members at Hay Merchant, who may start tapping it soon. Shhhh!