Alie & Georgia’s Favorite Fall Beers
While some may consider beer something watery that tastes faintly like a penny — something Dad used to down in great quantities in front of the game — we’re intrigued by the craft beer movement that’s taken over the industry, and the many small breweries that are making something wholly different from your daddy’s beer, some of which is just perfect for autumn. We recently visited our neighborhood storefront and tasting room that specializes in all things craft beer, Sunset Beer Co . in trendy Echo Park, Calif., to find the perfect beers to sip as the leaves turn orange and the weather gets chilly. OK, fine; we’re not judging — you can also down them in front of the game. We’re looking at you, Dad.
This limited-edition ale is Ommegang’s “foray into honoring the harvest season,” and the hearty, crisp flavor is a perfect nod to autumn. To be completely fair, and to their credit, we’ve never had a beer from the Ommegang gang that we didn’t like, but the slight sweetness, darkness without being heavy and satisfying finish make Scythe & Sickle our favorite yet from this award-winning brewery.
Bonus: For all you Game of Thrones nerds, Ommegang is partnering with HBO to create a series of beers inspired by the TV series. House Alie & Georgia doth approve.
Bonus: “Lakefront Brewery's Pumpkin Lager is the only pumpkin lager available in the world; all other pumpkin beers are ales” — from Lakefront’s website. We always love a nice bit of trivia to share while sipping.
Made using California-grown hops and barley, Ruhstaller is an old-school brewery that takes care and pride in every step of the brewing process. Their CAPT California Black IPA is like a regular IPA’s evil twin — hearty and bold, but with a smooth body that so expertly showcases the brewery’s craftsmanship.
Bonus: Captain Frank Ruhstaller, founder of The Ruhstaller Brewery, started crafting beer 15 years before the founding of Anchor Steam. Take that, California brewing history!