Matt Simpson, @BeerSommelier
Ayinger Brewing's Oktober Fest-Märzen (Märzen/Oktoberfest, 5.8%)
Matt says: "This lager is exemplary for the style. Like drinking liquid bread, it's malt-forward, with just a hint of hop bitterness on the finish. And with a crystal-clear copper color, just gazing at it makes you want to drink several liters. Which, technically, you're supposed to do!"
Sierra Nevada's Celebration (American IPA, 6.8%)
Matt says: "A red IPA to celebrate the oncoming cool weather. This beer has a flavor and aroma that makes many IPAs envious. Craft beer lovers across the country have been looking forward to its yearly release for decades... and, in the past, even traveling across the country just to get some! It's huge, West Coast hop profile (resinous pine, grapefruit, etc.), is balanced by a great earthy, rustic chocolate malt character. Better get it while it's around, because once it's gone, it's gone. And by then, those awesome hops will be too!"