When the leaves turn brown, the beers generally follow suit by bringing out their own maltier, stoutier hues (but sadly still not growing on trees). Helping you sort the wheats from the chaff, we asked five of London's finest beer minds to weigh in on what you should be drinking this Autumn.
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Will Hawkes, Author of Craft Beer London Truman's London Keeper 1880 (Double Export Stout, 8.0% ABV) Will says: "The first beer to be made at Trumans' new brewery in Hackney Wick, it is rich, complex, and bittersweet. Perfect for when it's pissing down outside, or any time really."
Siren's Limoncello IPA (Fruit Beer, 9.1% ABV) Will says: "Designed to replicate Limoncello, this beer contains lemon zest and juice, plus loads of citrussy hops -- oh, and the beer undergoes a souring process. Sounds a bit much, but it really works. If you can't find Limoncello, try another of Siren's beers -- you won't be disappointed."
Oisin Rogers, Manager at The Ship Heineken's Pelforth Brune (Belgian Brown Ale, 6.5% ABV) Oisin says: "A memory from late Summers spent learning French in Alsace in the 1980s. This is a fabulous full-flavoured double-malted red beer which drinks beautifully straight from the fridge."
Brouwerij Boon's Boon Oude Geuze (Gueuze, 6.5% ABV) Oisin says: "A remarkable drop, and a real Autumnal alternative when the girls are demanding Prosecco -- I've even used for an Aperol Spritz."
Jack Stones, Beer Sommelier at Meantime Brewing Dark Star Brewing's Espresso (Stout, 4.2% ABV) Jack says: "Coffee beers are synonymous with Autumn. Arabica coffee beans are brewed with roasted barley malt and challenger hops to produce a rich coffee aroma, producing a warming brew for cold Autumnal days."
Saltaire Brewery's Hazelnut Coffee Porter (Porter, 4.6% ABV) Jack says: "A smooth, dark red porter, the addition of fresh-ground coffee and roast hazelnut syrup give this beer depth and complexity. With aromas akin to a November evening bonfire, this is the perfect brew once firework season begins."
Kane Brooks, Beverage Operations Manager for ETM Bar Group Marble Beer and Brouwerij Emmelisse's Earl Grey IPA (English IPA, 6.8% ABV) Kane says: "This is new spin on the good, old IPA style, with Earl Grey additions during secondary fermentation. The fruity Citra hops match the Earl Grey’s bergamot very nicely indeed, producing light apricot notes combined with the typical citrus aromas. The tea adds an intriguing perfume and a little tannin to the silky mouth feel. Great Autumn drink, with great voluptuous body and generous 6.8% ABV."
Lovibonds' Dirty 69 (Black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale, 6.9% ABV) Kane says: "Embracing the concept of reconciling the irreconcilable; Lovibonds Black IPA is both dark & roasted, and delicately fragrant. At 6.9% ABV, this is to beer what chocolate and orange is to dessert! Not roasty-toasty enough to qualify as a porter, the malt shows nice chocolate, toffee, and liquorice notes in beautiful harmony with the fruity hop that gives it a most refreshing lift. This is masterfully put together, resulting in a beer that displays the best of both fresh & fragrant and dark & bold in the same glass."
Mark Kelly, Manager of The Beer Boutique Maui Brewing Co.'s CoCoNut PorTeR (American Porter, 5.7% ABV) Mark says: "A nice warming porter, which isn't too heavy, and's not quite dark enough for Winter. As a bonus, it can be drunk nicely at room temperature, so it won't further cool you down."
East London Brewery's Orchid (Mild, 3.6% ABV) Mark says: "It's lightly spiced with vanilla which gives it a pleasant warming quality, much like a mild stout. Perfect for the tail end of Summer."