Sierra Nevada Flipside
6.2%; American Amber; Chico, CA
I was crushed when Sierra Nevada discontinued Tumbler as their fall seasonal last year, but the addition of this American Amber has helped me move on (somewhat). True to the style, it has a gorgeous hop aroma with a dark malt backbone and finish that make it a great package deal, flavor-wise. Try it alongside a burrito.
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen
5.8%; Oktoberfest/Marzen; Aying, Germany
Even though this isn't made by one of the traditional breweries that provides Munich with their Oktoberfest beer, it's still one of the best beers you can put in a stein. Bready, biscuity malt flavors with a subtle hint of floral hops make this a standout amongst its very safe, traditional cousins in this beer style.
Founders Breakfast Stout
8.3%; Imperial Stout; Grand Rapids, MI
The day the season's first case of Breakfast Stout arrives is like Christmas morning. It's brewed with oats, giving it an intensely full body, and rounded out with chocolate and coffee. I've yet to find someone who has had it, who doesn't rank this amongst their favorites. Pair it with bacon and eggs, because, trust me, you're going to justify drinking this with breakfast.