Autumn Welcomes a Wave of Robust, Hearty Offerings from NEPA’s Craft Breweries
Make way for sweater weather, cozy campfires and cold fall beers.
Regardless of how you square it, autumn in Northeastern Pennsylvania is simply perfection. The weather is just right. Around every corner, vibrant foliage comforts the soul. Everyone’s all hyped on football and making pots of chili. And we’re ready to fill the fridge with brewery-fresh fall beers.
Right about now, all along the DiscoverNEPA Brewer’s Loop, you’ll find an abundance of seasonal brews. Gone are the days of crispy, poolside summertime cruisers. These cooler temps call for beers with a little more body and spice. By the time fall rolls around, we’re craving darker, malty ambers and red ales. We welcome the warm, liquid hug of velvety, toasty porters and chocolatey stouts. And, when we satisfy these natural, seasonal urges, for a moment, all is right with the world.
We made the rounds on NEPA’s bustling craft beer scene and talked to many of NEPA’s trailblazing craft brewers. They waxed poetic about ABVs, IBUs and their exciting, new brews. We even nodded approvingly and pretended to understand as we sampled beer after beer. Then, we made a list – just for you.
Fall is calling, my friends. Get out there! Lace up those hiking boots. Put on way more flannel than necessary. Wear some kind of strange, unseasonable hat or scarf (seriously, it looks cool). Find yourself a spot near the fire pit. And make sure you get that fall beer fix at NEPA’s local craft breweries.
Add These to Your List of New, Seasonal Brews:
Barley Creek Brewing Company
Angler Black Lager
Schwarzbier / ABV: 5.9%
“Angler Black is our take on a dark German lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness. It pairs well with chilly nights by a campfire, Sunday football and evenings surrounded by great friends and family.”
Benny Brewing Company
Oktoberfest Style Marzen / ABV: 5%
“Plenty of German malts give this beer its bright copper color, while the addition of Vanguard hops round out the spicy bitterness of this Marzen.”
Groovy Pecan Pie Brown Ale
Brown Ale / ABV: 6.1%
“A subtle aroma of nutty toasted pecans with a pleasant caramel character. The flavor is a blend of toasted pecans and rich caramel. Available starting the weekend before Thanksgiving.”
Here & Now Brewing Company
Wet Hop IPA / ABV: TBD
“Wet hop season comes and goes, and we go along with it. Neighborhop is our annual, once-a-year, wet-hop-tradition, an IPA brewed with Cascades & Northern Brewer hops that are grown in Cherry Ridge & Beach Lake by our friends, harvested just in time to throw them in the whirlpool. Notes of orange, vanilla & pine resin.”
Hopping Eagle Brewing Company
Ritters Apple Cider Donut Ale
Red Ale / ABV: 6.5%
“The changing of leaves and cooler temps has us excited for Fall, and one of our favorite treats – apple cider donuts. Brewed with donuts, a caramel malt heavy base, fresh apple cider from Ritter’s Cider Mill, cinnamon and lactose. This beer gives off big aromas of cinnamon and fresh picked apples, with a smooth mouthfeel to match. Be sure to follow us on FB and IG, this beer is a limited release that we only brew a few times in the Fall season.”
Log Tavern Brewing Co.
Pumpkin Ale / ABV: 7.0%
“This spiced pumpkin ale features hints of vanilla bean and comes with or without a honey-brown sugar-cinnamon-rimmed glass.”
Mountain View Vineyard, Winery, Brewery & Distillery
Seasonal Ale / ABV: 5%
“Light & crisp with notes of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.”
ShawneeCraft Brewing Company
Amber Lager / ABV: 5.8%
“A clean and crisp, amber lager made with German inspiration and ingredients grown right here in the USA. Expect malt forward notes of caramel, biscuits, and warm crusty bread, balanced perfectly with a light touch of bittering hops, and fermented cold and long over the course of many weeks. Pairs perfectly with your favorite scarf, a warm sweater, and pints with friends around a campfire. Prost!”
Stoker's Brewing Company
Stoker’s Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin Ale / ABV: 6.4%
“Welcome back, Jack!”
Wallenpaupack Brewing Company
Pale Lager / ABV: 5.5%
“A German-Style Pale Lager that more closely resembles the beers that are served at Oktoberfest in Munich. Designed to be drunk by the liter, Festbier is lighter than our Oktoberfest Märzen with a touch more noble hop flavor and aroma.”
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 10/28/2020.