Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks | Fall Seasonals 2020
The seasons are slowly changing and our thoughts move towards the holidays, lower temperatures, the election, and the ongoing nonsense of a very strange year. As we enter what is always my favorite season, we are seeing a steady stream of Octoberfest and Seasonal offerings hitting the shelves with an appreciated rapidity. So, I wanted to focus this edition of Staff Picks on Fall Seasonals. Now get out there and grab an Oktoberfest on one of your favorite patios. Here are our choices.
Humble Pint in Leander is a new brewery with a distinct family atmosphere that is already offering some intriguing beer. My personal favorite was the Baldrick North England Brown Ale, but since this is our Fall Seasonal edition, I am happy to put forward the Ein Kleines Märzen which is very deserving of a place on this list. It was clean and crisp with the standard easy maltiness and hop finish. It was very drinkable and a beer that you can easily drink on a hot or a cool day. I cannot wait to get back out to Humble Pint with the family to try the hand tossed pizzas, which looked incredible.
This is my favorite time of year because we transition from the summer lager to the fall lager, the Märzen. I tend to stock up every year on several local favorites, but I noticed a few new additions to the local line up this year, so I gave one a try. The October Rust by Adelbert’s is a traditional German-style Märzen featuring Munich malt and Saaz hops. It pours bright amber in color and has a toasty aroma with hints of caramel notes and a crisp finish. And it’s still light enough at 5.1% ABV for the typical October hot-cold-hot again weather.
I have definitely been in a mood for everything Fall. Pumpkin spice, colored leaves, along with a hint of coolness in the air….except I live in Austin, where most of this is just skipped. I won’t let that keep me down as I can still celebrate the season with a Brewtoberfest from The Brewtorium, their version of a Festbier! If you want to try this offering out, I recommend going to The Brewtorium when they host their Bootoberfest on Saturday Oct. 31st. It will pair nicely with some of their German Inspired dishes from the kitchen.
It is fall again, even though the temperatures have not felt like it yet. Normally, at this time of year, we would all be breaking out our lederhosen and dirndls to celebrate beer at our favorite Oktoberfests with the masses of people. Instead, most Oktoberfests have been canceled and we are stuck with groups of 6 or less. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying this great offering from Austin Beerworks while still sitting at home alone in your lederhosen.
Happy 3rd Austin Summer everyone…aka Fall…Last month I wrote about my absolute love for the Oktoberfest/Marzen style beers and I’m THRILLED to get the chance to pick another I adore. I am loving Nomadic Beerworks’ Festbier. I was looking forward to drinking it on tap and it was so good I left with crowlers…(that were gone quickly.) Head Brewer, Bryce Tyranski is doing a phenomenal job over there and this Dortmunder Lager is no exception. Coming in at 6.0% it’s an easy drinker, and the malt adds a lovely sweetness. I was thrilled to see it making a 2nd-year comeback after last year’s festivities. While Covid continues to be a party pooper, it can’t stop us from drinking damned good beer! PROST!”