Now that the fall is here, the lighter body beers get some seasonal competition from the darker and often stronger winter and fall beers. Oktoberfest is here and there are many good options with fall and winter beers just hitting the market (like limited edition Oktoberfest beers). These beers are a bit heavy but a great way to taste them all and not over do it is to have a fall beer tasting party. The first thing you will need to do is have a great list of fall beers to serve at you beer tasting party.
- Sierra Nevade “Oktoberfest”
- Spaten “Oktoberfest – Ur-Marzen”
- Dogfish Head “Pumkin’ Ale”
- Dogfish Head “India Brown Ale”
- Full Sail Brewing Co. “Amber”
- New Belgium 1554 (best with fresh ground pepper on the head…yes, try it!)
- Great Divide Brewing Company “Hibernation Ale“
- Rogue Dead Guy Ale
- Murphy’s Irish Stout
- Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
Host a Fall Beer Tasting Party
A great beer tasting is a fun way to spice up any gathering. Here’s what you need to know to host one like a pro.
- Arrange the fall beers to be tasted from mild to wild and taste in this order.
- Provide sheets to rank each beer.
- Pour roughly two to three ounces of beer into each glass.
- First swirl the beer in your glass to release the aroma. Then stick your nose in the glass and smell, just like wine tasting and then taste.
- Evaluate the beer on color, clarity, aroma, flavor, mouth feel and aftertaste.
- Cleanse the palate between each tasting with sliced baguette, pretzels or plain crackers and water.
OK, if you want to go a little less highbrow, have a Sunday football party and go a little more upscale than the usual by serving these fall beers with your favorite football Sunday appetizers …and go nuts!