Ready to trade in summer's beers for the darker drafts of fall? Here are five local selections to taste over the coming months:
Oktoberfest from Resurgence Brewing Co.
Fall beers don’t simply accent falling leaves and a cool breeze. They also invoke lederhosen-clad celebrations of the season, something that Resurgence’s potent Marzen-style offering (7.8 percent ABV) does whether by tasting glass or traditional beer stein.
And with hints of caramel and toffee, it’s an ideal taste of autumn for those looking to dance the Schuhplattler — or simply hoist a few.
[Read about Resurgence's Oktoberfest celebration in The 10]
Cinnamon Apple Amber Ale from Big Ditch Brewing Co.
Approaching the thick of apple season, it seems appropriate that one of the season’s finest local drafts offers the fruit’s taste by the pint. Brewed with such aromatic items as cider, cinnamon and brown sugar — but still with enough malts, hops and pop (6.8 percent ABV) to make it every bit an ale — it’s ideal complement for a downtown hayride.
With this likely unavailable, simply find a sip inside Big Ditch’s open-air barroom.
Ms. Brown’s Maple Porter from Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.
The colder the temperatures, the darker the beers — and these can be beautiful things. With Rusty Nickel’s silky porter — considered a “sister beer” to its Ms. Brown’s Porter, and made with syrup from one of its brewer’s trees — it can be a sweet thing, too.
Complete with its style’s expected chocolate notes, exit via Nitro tap and a reasonable 5.5 percent ABV, it’s a tasty option through the coming brisk months.
Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale from 42 North Brewing Co.
Pumpkin and nutmeg have come to symbolize the token tastes of fall’s seasonal brews. But starting in late September, East Aurora’s neighborhood brewery will take things in another direction with release of its cookie-forward craft draft.
Mashed oatmeal goodness in a brown ale isn’t a bad way to deviate from the aforementioned gourd, and it’ll be available at the brewery and inside nearby Elm Street Bakery.
Stout Affective Disorder from Community Beer Works
Is this signature stout (5.4 percent ABV) technically a winter seasonal? Yes. But in Buffalo, we never know when fall’s going to abruptly call it quits.
Thankfully, this midnight dark selection — packed with roasted malt and smooth enough for seconds — is already on tap at CBW’s satellite brewery inside Hydraulic Hearth. And this means it’s ready for fall, no matter when it starts or ends.