The Bruery's Autumn Maple (Fruit/Vegetable Beer, 10% ABV)
Christina Perozzi, The Beer Chicks, Los Angeles, CA
"Pumpkin ales are hugely popular as Fall seasonals, but I have a dirty little secret. I pretty much hate them. However, I do absolutely love The Bruery’s innovative take on the style. Instead of using pumpkin, The Bruery brews their Autumn Maple ale with 17lbs of yams per barrel. They also add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup to this Belgian style, which delivers an amazingly balanced spice bomb. This beer is perfect paired with a crackling fire and a blanket on a cold fall evening. Oh, and drink this beer with cheesecake."
Gordon Biersch FestBier (Märzen/Oktoberfest, 5.3% ABV)
Dieter Foerstner, Brewer at Angel City Brewing, Los Angeles, CA
"My number one choice would be an Oktoberfest-/Märzen-style beer, like a Gordon Biersch FestBier. I cannot imagine Fall without sipping on a sweet, malty Märzen. The color of the beer matches the color of the changing leaves. The medium body is just right for the cooler weather, and the beer pairs really well with heartier Fall dishes."