Fall is a favorite time for beer drinkers.
Traditionally, it means the arrival of richer, stronger, spicy seasonal beers, Oktoberfest celebrations at restaurants, brew pubs and beer bars, and all sorts of beer festivals.
Though not all are seasonal offerings, suddenly there are a bunch of beers newly arrived in Atlanta that have become welcome additions to the fall festivities.
A long time coming, Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing debuted several of its beers here a few weeks ago, including the wonderfully hoppy and balanced Double-Wide IPA and the luscious saison Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.
I love drinking saisons this time of year. The bright but robust Belgian-style ale seems to go with almost every kind of food. I’m especially fond of pairing it with pork sausages, roast chicken, and spicy Thai and Vietnamese dishes. And it’s an elegant and versatile star at the Thanksgiving table.
True to style, Tank 7 is pale and effervescent, aromatic and complex, with a citrusy, peppery hop presence, a touch of funk and a dry finish.
Another much-anticipated addition to Atlanta’s beer scene, Chicago’s Goose Island debuted three of its award-winning Belgian-style Vintage series ales this month.
Sofie is a highly rated tart, sparkling saison fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels. Matilda is a crowd-pleasing take on Belgian pale ale with a nicely balanced fruity, spicy and malty character. Pere Jacques is Goose Island’s version of a rich, dark Belgian dubbel.
Of course, pumpkin beers are always one of the big sellers of the season
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin is one of the Boston Beer Co.’s new small-batch creations. At 8.5 percent, it’s a big beer but surprisingly easy to drink, with caramel, Special B and smoked malts, East Kent Goldings and Fuggles Hops, and an array of pumpkin pie spices.
Billed as “America’s Original Pumpkin Ale,” California’s Buffalo Bill’s Brewery based its recipe on the pumpkin ale George Washington is believed to have brewed. It’s made with fresh-roasted pumpkins, and the pumpkin pie-in-a-bottle aroma and flavor comes from cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
By Bob Townsend, AJC Drink blog