5 Fall Beers That Don’t Feature Pumpkin Around Westchester

The brew experts at Beer Noggin list their favorite fall picks for bottled beer.

Suarez beer. Photo by Andrew Dominick

Leave pumpkin spice and everything nice to Starbucks and enjoy a real fall beer from local breweries instead.

When’s the last time you had a pumpkin beer that you were blown away by?

We’ll wait…

And, breweries, if you’re going to brew a pumpkin beer that ends up tasting like a liquified baked sweet potato anyway, let’s ditch the cinnamony, nutmeggy, sugared-rim pint glasses, too. You know who you are.

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This fall, and every fall, thereafter, let’s rock with a fine märzen or festbier this Oktoberfest season and beyond. How about a sweet, boozy pastry stout? Something with apples, you ask? No problem.

These five fall local and local-ish beers — sans pumpkin — should treat you well as the weather gets chillier and the leaves start turning all those pretty colors.

Drowned Lands Brewery

Warwick

Beer: Winnow
ABV: 5.2%

It’s no coincidence that this year’s list comes out right around Oktoberfest time, and it’s fitting that we begin with a “festive” selection from one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful breweries, and when you see it, you’ll agree. It’s the perfect space to enjoy a pour of Winnow, a light, malty, bready-tasting festbier that’ll do to you what festbiers were intended to do — make you want another and another. Drowned Lands has put its own spin on it by aging this one in a foeder to let the oxygen do its thing and develop this beer’s flavor. If you can’t make the trip up to Warwick, Winnow, in cans, got a limited distribution, so keep your eyes peeled when browsing the shelves at your favorite beer store.

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Drowned Lands Brewery. Photo by Andrew Dominick.

Wolf & Warrior Brewing Company

White Plains

Beer: Braufest Oktoberfest
ABV: 6.2%

Wait. We know what you’re thinking: Didn’t we just give you an Oktoberfest beer? Well, yes, but there’s a difference between a festbier and a märzen. A märzen is a touch boozier and heavier, darker, and more richly toasted than a fest. That’s where Wolf & Warrior’s brewer-owner Michael Chiltern — who’s no stranger to brewing the classics — comes into the fold. Every year near Oktoberfest season, W&W brews and cans a stunning, clear-copper-colored, smooth-sipping märzen.

Run & Hide Brewing Co.

Port Chester

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Beer: Nice Looking Chops – Barrel Aged
ABV: 10.5% +

Run & Hide released this pastry stout early on that’s brewed with 2-row Marris Otter barley, chocolate malt, flaked oats, roasted barley, cacao husks, Utz brand pretzels, vanilla bean, brown sugar, and cacao nibs — but this time around it’s getting a bourbon kick. Brewer Tim Shanley is releasing a bottled batch (limited to 50 gallons) of his chocolate-covered-pretzel stout that’s been aged in a Basil Hayden bourbon barrel for three years. This one won’t last, so it’d be a good idea to babysit Run & Hide’s social channels for the release date and grab a few if you’re afforded the opportunity.

Equilibrium Brewery

Middletown

Beer: Möbius
ABV: 7%

The initial thought of including Equilibrium in this roundup was an easy one for any of the stouts (preferably a sweet, syrupy, boozy, pastry stout), one of the milkshake-like Cream Pop series, or something barrel-aged, the latter which is always an absolute must if you come across it in the wild or at the brewery. Given their limited availability, it’s tough to nail one down. One of EQ’s classics, however, and always available in some form, is the roasty, creamy, coffee-chocolatey porter, Möbius. Enjoy it in its pure form, but don’t sleep on its variants that typically use vanilla beans from different countries. Other versions have been barrel-aged, and you’ll frequently come across Möbius experiments that in the past have included peanuts and marshmallow, coffee and vanilla, and s’mores.

 

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Suarez Family Brewery

Hudson

Beer: Palatine Pils
ABV: 4.9%

The house pilsner of this Livingston-based brewery is one of Suarez’s many, in a lineup of stunning, snappy beers, that you MUST get your hands on. If you make the brief trip upstate, there’s a chance it’ll be on tap at “The Tap,” Suarez’s outback biergarten that only features two brews at a given time. Order one, then wait to be called, as they take their time giving each customer a proper pour, complete with a fluffy foamy head and delicious golden liquid underneath it. Trust this, drinking one of these fall beers will easily turn into at least three more pours and a couple four-packs to-go. And if you can’t make it up, Suarez does ship, and you can look out for the occasional drops at Half Time in Mamaroneck.

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Suarez beer. Photo by Andrew Dominick.

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