Spiced ale, 6%
Garden City, ID
Ok, so we’re breaking our “no pumpkin ale” rule on this one, but only because, unlike so many of its gourd-heavy brothers, Evil Harvest’s pumpkin flavor is muted and in the background, allowing the spices to come forward without getting overwhelming. This is a pumpkin beer for people who hate pumpkin beers, but also a spiced ale for people who love them.
Brown ale, 5.5%
I’ll just come out and say it: Brown ales usually suck, and it’s almost entirely because brewers are less comfortable with the style than their hop-driven brethren. But that also means when you come across a good one, you should always take note, and Granola Brown is one of those cases. Light chocolate, caramel, and nutty flavors make this the polar opposite of a bitter hop bomb. It also helps that brown ales are widely seen as a universal food-pairing beer, so if you’re ever stumped with what to drink at your potluck dinner party, this is a safe bet!