Brown Ale, 5.9%
For some people, fall means the beginning of decorative gourd season (OK fine, maybe for most people). But for the rest of us, autumn signifies a special time of year where the elusive well-made American brown ale makes a triumphant return into many breweries’ rotations. Peasant Bread’s remarkable drinkability help it stand out as such a winner in this crowd. Sure, it’s a brown ale, but it’s made with wild rice, giving it a uniquely smooth body with. Just the right amount of accompanying roasty malt flavors and subtle East Kent Goldings hops to help it finish as balanced and crisp as that first breeze that makes you think, “whoa, it is *autumn* out here!” Pairs perfectly with burgers scary movies from the '80s.
Maybe you have a friend who is super into the idea of celebrating Oktoberfest in a traditional way, but is also averse to any beer that isn’t pale gold. Maybe that friend is you. In any case, this is one of those instances in which you can appease their (or your) picky tendences! Klosterbrauerei Andechs, a classic Bavarian brewery of note, is renowned for their Festbier Helles. It’s much lighter in color than its amber-hued marzen counterparts, with a smooth, malt-driven body, slightly more floral German hop flavors, and a pleasingly dry finish.