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. Gone are the days of sipping IPAs, pale ales, pilsner, and light lagers by the pool or surf. It’s not all bad news though. 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. October’s cooler weather welcomes a bounty of fall beers.
There are plenty of heartier styles suited for taking off the chill and pairing with that bubbling pot of chili. Stouts, porters, and strong ales are once again fair game, and coolers swell with fleeting releases such as fresh-hopped beers and pumpkin ales.
We welcome several intriguing ales to store shelves, including IPAs seasoned with spruce tips to strong ales aged in bourbon barrels that once contained maple syrup.
Below you’ll find the best 20 fall beers, ranked. Imbibe while you welcome fall in all its crunchy, leaf-filled glory. Try ’em all before you flip the calendar to November.
20 Fall Beers You Need to Try This October
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