It’s that time of year where people will be welcoming the scent of wet, fallen leaves, colorful trees, and pumpkin-scented/flavored products.
Perhaps one of the best days to welcome this season (or any other for that matter) is with good, old-fashioned intoxicants, ergo alcohol.
Fall marks the release of several fall-oriented seasonal beers and drinks. With so many to choose from, it might be applicable to hear opinions from a beer snob.
Let’s start with beer.
One beer released at the end of every September is Samuel Adam’s Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a märzen-style beer featuring five different varieties of malt. The color is a little on the rich orange side, with a palette of bitter smoothness; a good ‘go-to’ beer for those who are new to the craft or specialty beer society.
Another fall oriented beer is Bell’s Best Brown Ale. Featuring hints cocoa and medium-malted barley, Best Brown Ale features a soft brown coloration, and a palette that is just heavy enough for cooler weather, but not overbearing.
For those really looking to get into the October spirit, Blue Point Brewery’s Pumpkin Ale might be a good choice. Brewed very similar to Best Brown Ale, but featuring an extra ingredient in the fermenting process: pumpkin, obviously. The pumpkin flavor can be a bit apprehensive at first, but for those with a more developed taste, the ale is a fine addition to a slice of pumpkin pie.
How about those who aren’t into beer? Well, fear not, for here is a great cocktail recipe for a “Pumpkintini” given by an anonymous person under the pseudonym “Burke:”
Take one ounce of pumpkin liqueur, put into a martini or daiquiri glass. Add half an ounce of dark rum, half an ounce of chocolate liqueur, and a dash of cinnamon liqueur. Garnish by floating alcohol-infused vanilla whipped cream on top, and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.
Welcome autumn and perhaps someone could add these beverages to their next Autumn-oriented feast.