Fall ushers in cooler temperatures, amber-colored landscapes and a new season of craft beers. The light, citrusy flavors of summer IPAs transition into richer, spiced autumnal offerings from Coastal Virginia breweries.
Here are five fall brews that are perfect for enjoying while carving pumpkins, watching Halloween movies or around a toasty firepit. Be sure to visit these local breweries to try more of their seasonal releases.
Back Bay Brewing, Witch of Pungo
Pumpkin Beer, 7.2% ABV
Inspired by Grace Sherwood, known as the Witch of Pungo, this beer is brewed with Belgian yeast, pumpkin puree, spices and locally grown gourds.
New Realm Brewing, Oaxaca Choca
Imperial Stout, 10.7% ABV
This imperial Mexican chocolate stout is brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, chili peppers and roasted cacao nibs with just enough spice to balance the sweet.
Smartmouth Brewing, The Princess Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest, 5.5% ABV
Smartmouth’s version of an Oktoberfest beer is a copper lager boasting the perfect union of caramel toffee sweetness with warm toasty maltiness.
Tradition Brewing, Persnickety Witch
Pumpkin Beer, 6% ABV
Brewed with American base malt, honey malt, crystal malts and fresh pureed pumpkin, Persnickety Witch offers a blend of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger.
Virginia Beer Co., Pumpkin Patches
Oatmeal Stout, 6.2% ABV
Pumpkin Patches is brewed with sugar pumpkins and a house blend of spices. It is smooth and creamy with warming hints of pumpkin pie.