There is no question that fall is the best season for craft beer, and this year’s harvest is bringing in quite the bounty. As a bar/restaurant owner, it’s important that you stay on top of the latest craft brews on the market, and each year there seems to be a wider selection of seasonals.
Unlike every fall season, 2016 has most breweries skipping the typical pumpkin flavors and opting for some more inventive concoctions. From maple syrup to roasted carrots, this fall season is sure to raise the bar! The following are some prime examples of what’s to come:
Miss Betty | Mispillion River Brewing | Milford, DE
If you love a side of sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving, you’re going to get a kick out of this brew. Miss Betty is a sweet potato ale that is produced with potatoes that come straight from the brewer’s farm. Thus is may be a tough beer to come by, but isn’t that how every brewery grows?
Infused with maple syrup, vanilla beans, brown sugar, clove, and cinnamon, this beer is not lacking in flavor. Miss Betty has brown malt, chocolate, and caramel flavor notes, and an ABV of 8%. Unlike some fall seasonals, this beer is actually released in the fall and does not come out until October.
Falling Down Brown Ale | Old Forge Brewing Co. | Danville, PA
This hoppy brew is a cross between a brown ale and an IPA. Although brown ales don’t typically show up during the fall season, you should make an exception for this inventive craft beer.
A much-anticipated release in the local market, the Old Forge Brewery upped the gravity and added more hops. The result was a reddish brown brew with caramel and chocolate malts, and a touch of brown sugar. With an ABV of 6.5 %, this craft beer is only available from August to the mid-October, so get it while it lasts.
Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. | Decorah, IA
This craft beer packs a punch with a whopping 12% ABV. The barrel-aged Imperial stout is brewed with coffee and locally sourced maple syrup. The warming brew is beefy and complex, and is best described as “breakfast in a glass.”
A decadent concoction, it has consistently made the top of several expert beer lists and is considered a world-class brew. Toppling Goliath is planning a brewery-only release in the fall so KBBS can be tough to come by, but well worth the hunt.
Gingerbread Brown | Triton Brewing Co. | Indianapolis, IN
Although pumpkin might be out this season, who can skip a good gingerbread flavored beer? This spicy and earthy beer has a 6.2% ABV and is in the style of an American Brown Ale. It has a medium head and an amber to brown color.
The Carrot Conspiracy | Jailbreak Brewing Company | Laurel, MD
It seems unbelievable that craft brewing has come to a point where a side dish to a Thanksgiving meal can now be sampled within a pint of beer—but this craft brew does just that…
Inspired by the sweet flavors of carrot cake, Jailbreak Brewing Co. has added an ample amount of the ingredients one might find in the cake itself. From roasted carrots and brown sugar to raisins and allspice, they closely follow the recipe. The Carrot Conspiracy has an amber ale base and an ABV of 6.7%.
Above are just 5 of a vast array of seasonals being released this year. If you can’t sample these delicious brews, at least try to stay local and let your patrons know you do so.
Marketing is an easy task with programs like TapHunter. When you do decide to stock your favorite choice for this fall season, TapHunter can help you easily add it to your menu . With an easy-to-use dashboard, you can change out beers in a snap, and have them instantly displayed across all of your social channels.
As the days begin to cool, the season for beer comes alive. Be the first to offer the best seasonal beers…and your seasonal customers will start coming year-round.
Bars and Restaurants – Want to save hours daily, drive thirsty patrons through your door and create an engaging experience for your customers? Learn more about how TapHunter can help your business today!