By Jessica Ramos
Fall is the best time of the year. Back then, you had the craze of going costume shopping. The only thing you could think of was going trick-or-treating and how much candy you were going to indulge in afterwards. Now, one of the best things to look forward to is seasonal beer.
Let me say one thing: if you’re not drinking beer you’re missing out on the college experience, especially in the fall. There are so many options to choose from. So, let me make this a little easier for you.
Now, let’s try to stay away from the college favorite Keystone Light — at least for now.
1. Leinenkugel “Oktoberfest”
At 5.1% ABV, known for its summer edition Summer Shandy, Oktoberfest is another one to look out for. If you want to be in the fall spirit but are not particularly a fan of beer so sweet, then this is your beer. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still sweet and has a caramel taste, but there’s a hint of bitterness at the end, which you might enjoy.
2. Samuel Adams “Octoberfest”
At 5.3%ABV, known for its malty taste this beer is a fall staple. With a very appealing reddish-orange hue, the caramel and light toasty flavor is the first thing you’ll notice. This world-class beer tastes great is sold at your local grocery stores, convenient stores and liquor stores.
3. Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Another one of my personal favorites. Can you tell I enjoy some good ol’ Samuel Adams beer? At 5.7% ABV, this one’s for the pumpkin fanatics. You can taste the pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon at first sip. If there were a liquid form of pumpkin pie it would taste like this. The taste is not overpowering, and it will have you wanting more. The best part of beer is not only its taste, but it’s affordable!
4. Southern Tier Imperial “Pumking”
At 8.6% ABV, and one of the more difficult beers to find, this one has been named favorite by many every fall. With a 91 BA rating on Beer Advocate, this beer is perfect to drink while watching a football game with friends or enjoying a nice dinner. It’s the perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness. From the sweet aroma, to the pumpkin taste, a sip of this beer will make you look forward to the leaves changing color. You can search the nearest distributor at the Southern Tier’s website.