For most of us, a trip to Munich would involve jet lag, costly airfare, and yet another failed attempt to pick up last minute foreign language skills on Duolingo. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you still can’t drink like a proper festival goer. Hacker-Pschorr’s is a legally proper Oktoberfest Märzen, made within the Munich city limits and served at tents at the Wiesn to throngs of revelers. Of course, it’s got those flavors toasty bread crust and rich malts, but like all great Oktoberfest beers, it stops short of sweetness, making it easy to sip on for hours. Easier than returning through customs after a rowdy Oktoberfest, at the very least.
Strong ale, 13%
San Diego, California
There comes a point every fall where all questions of which direction the temperature is heading is answered decisively. Days like those usually call for a day in the kitchen cooking chili with Great British Baking Show playing in the background. And if you were also so inclined to feel that extra level of comfort, this relatively rare release by one of San Diego’s most beloved breweries would surely help get you there. Like every great dessert pastry you’ve ever had, this beer is tongue-coatingly full bodied and bursting with oaky vanilla and coconut, with flavors of Nilla Wafers, coffee cake, and throat-warming bourbon on the finish. It packs a punch at 13%, so it’s best shared, preferably in lieu of (or, what the hell, alongside) cookies or cake.