Guide to Fall Beers: A World Beyond Pumpkin Spice

November 13, 2017


Ask anyone how they feel about pumpkin spice, and they’ll likely fall into one of two particular camps: The I-Can’t-Get-Enough Crew, or the Please-God-No-More-Pumpkin Resistance. Luckily, when it comes to Ontario craft beer, there are plenty of options to please everyone. Today, we’ll explore some of the most popular fall beers and some lesser-known-but-no-less-delicious flavours to help you celebrate the season.


Favourite Fall Styles

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of craft German beer, but even we have to admit that there are some pretty excellent fall options from all over the world. Keep an eye out for these styles at your local watering hole, or, better yet, swing by our boutique microbrewery!

  • Dunkelweizen – A timeless and traditional German creation, the Dunkelweizen is a darker, more complex cousin of the Hefeweizen. If you’re looking for a wheat beer with a distinctive taste, look no further than the Dunkel.

  • Extra Special Bitter – Come for the taste, stay for the slightly higher alcohol percentage. Extra Special Bitters (ESB) provide the best of both malt and bitterness, creating a unique way to enjoy chilly evenings in the pub.

  • Porter – This dark, malty brew, created in the heart of London, is a classic fall beer. With plenty of alcohol and flavor, it’s guaranteed to keep you cozy, no matter the weather outside.

  • Oktoberfest – While most Oktoberfest beers borrow from a traditional Märzen style, delivering a spicy undercurrent in a ruby shade, you might also find some seasonal specialties, available only in the fall.

Walk on the Wild Side: Beyond Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin is an iconic fall flavour, but it’s not the only one. These ingredients might not be as mainstream, but they’re no less tasty, and might actually become your new favourite. The only way to know for sure is to give them a try.

  • Herb/Spice – Fall is a time for spiced cider and sumptuous dishes with savory herbs. If you’re looking for an unforgettable way to compliment your meal, or if you’re just feeling adventurous, consider a beer with a subtle herb or spice as the main tasting note. 

  • Sweet Potato – If you’re dying for a taste of harvest fare, consider an equally-tasty option from the garden. Sweet potato beer retains a hint of the natural sweetness of the vegetable while introducing a lovely, creamy mouthfeel.

  • Apple – While purists might prefer a cider, there are plenty of apple-flavored beers worth investigating in the autumn.

  • Maple – Maple syrup, synonymous with wintery forests, crackling fires, and the laughter of good friends, is a natural choice for flavoring fall beers, especially in Canada. If you’ve never tried one, do yourself a favor and indulge.

  • Nuts – Whether it’s pecan, peanut, cashew, or chestnut, the savory warmth of nutty flavors is a welcome one to find in your brew.

Our Current Fall Offerings

Located on Huron Street in the heart of New Hamburg, our craft brewery is always cooking up innovative ideas for future brews. There’s so much to love about fall that we couldn’t resist bringing back our King Eddie’s Dunkelweizen alongside our smooth new Setanta Stout. Enjoy a brew with one of our buttered, salted warm pretzels and watch the changing colours of the sunset in New Hamburg. You can also bring our beer home in growlers, cans, and crowlers and enjoy a taste of autumn from the comfort of your own patio.  


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