For local beer sales manager, Matt Bentley, the best time for beer is fall.
“The fun thing about fall beers is they are made once a year, seasonally, and they are always special, there is a little more alcohol in it with the changing of the seasons and usually they have a nice fall color to it an amber or mahogany color. That’s the thing about fall brews there is always something special about them and people really look forward to them,” said Lagunita’s Sales Manager, Matt Bentley
Another big draw of fall is Oktoberfest, which isn’t just a festival; it’s also a type of beer, brewed specially for the season. Local brewery solemn oath has their own spin.
“We have Octoberface which is our American style marsen, it’s a Oktoberfest style beer, it came out about mid September and is our tribute to Oktoberfest in Germany,” Solemn Oath Co Owner, Joe Barley said.
Dark brews not for you? Try a light pumpkin flavor.
“With pumpkin brews you get a lot of that spice characteristic you’d imagine out of a pumpkin pie. They are brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg,” Beer Consultant at Binny’s, Nathan Hadley.
Hearty lagers and pumpkin beers aren’t all you’ll see on store shelves this season, ciders are becoming increasingly popular.
“I think that started from the fact that they are gluten free and a lot of people are intolerant to gluten these days. It also fits for those people who don’t like beer or wine, its really a niche market that’s growing,” said Hadley.
Think ciders are prepared the same way as beer? Think again.
“Ciders aren’t brewed with any malts or anything like that its fermented apple juice essentially. So they press the apples use the sugars and yeast and ciders and essentially that yeast eats the sugars and makes alcohol. A lot of people get the two confused but in fact they are completely different besides the fact that they are both fermented beverages,” said Hadley.
With the variety of lagers, ales, ciders and even flavors there is a brew for everyone this time of year.
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