We’re in the midst of a really weird time in a really year. The end of summer and beginning of fall is confusing for so many reasons (and in this particular year, it’s insane). We’re inundated with pumpkin spice-flavored products, there’s already Halloween candy on grocery stores shelves, kids are back in school (or Zooming from home), and yet, somehow, it’s still 80 degrees and sunny outside. The timing isn’t right for darker, malty wintry beers and we just spent the whole summer imbibing IPAs, pale ales, and wheat beers.
So what to drink during this in-between time? We vote for lagers, marzens, and Vienna lagers (with even a few sour beers on tap). We’re still looking for something lighter and more crushable but we’re burnt out on classic summer brews. To pick the perfect lineup of “shoulder season” beers, we decided to turn to the professionals for help. We asked some of our favorite bartenders to tell us the most crushable beers for the unofficial time between summer and fall.
Check their picks below!
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Hayden Miller, head bartender at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Lexington Brewing is a new favorite for the later seasons. The beer has a great body, smooth mouthfeel and robust flavor profile. Despite being higher ABV, it is still very drinkable — almost too drinkable.
Great Divide Hoss
Gloria Otley, bartender at The Brewer’s Art in Baltimore
Hoss by Great Divide. This expression is maltier than you would expect from the light amber color but, as Great Divide usually does, the hop character breaks through for a crisp, dry finish that has aromas of fresh cedar and rye spice.
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager
Andrew DeShane, bartender at Del Pez Mexican Gastropub in Wilmington, Delaware
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager. It’s a year-round favorite of mine. The Vienna lager style is super similar to the marzen style (which is an Oktoberfest regular).
Jack’s Abby Copper Legend
Arturo Deakins, bartender at Kuleana Rum Shack in Hawaii
Jacks Abby Copper Legend is a really fun one and the cans are a proper pint as well so that’s nice. It’s subtly sweet, highly drinkable, and perfect for fall.
Elysian Great Pumpkin Ale
Molly Safuto, bartender at Mila Rooftop Bar in Glendale, California
Elysian Great Pumpkin Ale, great flavor and perfect for fall. Elysian Brewing company never fails in flavor and taste. It is 8 percent ABV though so you can’t crush too many bottles.
8th Wonder Rocket Fuel
Emmanuelle Massicot, assistant general manager of Kata Robata in Houston
8th Wonder Brewery Rocket Fuel Vietnamese Coffee Porter. This beer is made year-round, but during the hot Texas months, a porter is not usually what I would drink. But once the temperature cools down, Rocket Fuel is perfect. The beer is infused with cold brew and milk and the resulting Vietnamese Coffee flavors are spot-on with the perfect amount of bitterness and sweetness. At 5% ABV, it’s crushable and delicious.
Barrier Brewing Icculus Kolsch
Crystal Chasse, beverage director at Talk Story Rooftop in Brooklyn, New York
Barrier Brewing has a fantastic Kolsch that features hints of guava and hibiscus. I find that it is perfect for an early fall evening, when you’re still holding onto summer, but also looking for a crispness that embodies the cooler season ahead. The guava and hibiscus are soft and really support the refreshing Kolsch base.
Mother’s Brewing Oktoberfest
Andy Printy, beverage director at Chao Baan in St. Louis
Crushable? Easily it’s the Oktoberfest from Mother’s Brewing. Just a touch lighter than a traditional marzen, but still malty and crisp.
Peekskill Simple Sour
Max Stampa-Brown, beverage director at Borrachito in New York City
Peekskill Brewery’s Simple Sour, no contest. Drinking one of those is like jumping into a pile of freshly raked leaves. I think they must have just carbonated and fermented pink lady apples. It’s dry, slightly tart, and screams fall in New England.
Dogfish Head SeaQuench
Gavin Humes, bartender at Scratch Bar & Restaurant in Encino, California
I’m not sure that this is what the rest of the country might consider a fall beer, but in California, it’s hot as all heck all the way through November. I’ve been enjoying the Dogfish Head SeaQuench for its fresh citrus notes. I’m not a big hoppy guy, especially if I’m drinking a few of them, but the freshness and briny notes in the beer are just crave-able.
Idle Hands Brocktoberfest
Frederic Yarm, bartender in Somerville, Massachusetts
Idle Hands Brocktoberfest with its malty notes of fresh baked crusty bread and a touch of caramel sweetness is one of my favorites. Similarly, Revolution Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest with bready amber malts and hints of fruit akin to pear, and an herbal leafy bitter finish is true to style.
Ben Jimmick, bar manager and beverage director at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen and Rum Bar in Minneapolis
Surlyfest from Surly, it’s a great Rye lager in the marzen style. Surly continuously produces solid beers, which is handy with it being on my doorstep as an immigrant living in Minnesota.
Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married
Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith. The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.
Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.
Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage. When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.
Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.
Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’
Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.
“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.
Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.
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