The sun might have set on summer, but packing your beach cooler back in the closest doesn’t shut the door on drinking delicious beer. More than any other season, fall is prime time for cracking a few (dozen) brews, be it while watching a football game, catching up with friends, or hoisting liters of lager at your local Oktoberfest bash.
Better still, October’s cooler weather welcomes a bounty of heartier styles suited for taking off the chill, or maybe just pairing with that bubbling pot of chili. Stouts and strong ales are once again fair game, and coolers swell with fleeting releases such as fresh-hopped beers and pumpkin ales, that seasonal guilty pleasure we can’t quite quit.
Moreover, this month welcomes several intriguing ales to store shelves. From IPAs seasoned with spruce tips to strong ales aged in bourbon barrels that once contained maple syrup, here are 10 terrific beers to try before the calendar turns to November.