As most of you know, I am an avid beer lover. Most of my favorite beers come from local breweries so I can enjoy a cold one while supporting my local economy. Makes me feel good about spending those extra bucks. With multiple options to choose from in the area, I often find it hard to decide on just one and as more and more breweries move to the area, producing world-class beers, that decision has become even harder. As a result my personal favorites are constantly changing, but for this fall, I’ve narrowed down my top three beers to enjoy during leaf season. Here’s a list of some of my must try beers for Fall 2016.

The Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale

Photo Courtesy of French Broad Brewery

Photo Courtesy of French Broad Brewery

Crafted by the French Broad Brewery, this beer is offered year around and distributed throughout most of Asheville and the surrounding area. A few places to pick this beer up are local favorite restaurants such as Bier Garden, Jack of the Wood, and the Orange Peel. It’s a 7% ABV with continental malts and hops. It is dark in color, almost like a rich mahogany with a moderate white head. The smell can only be described as heavenly. Hints of caramel, chocolate, and honey are easily identifiable from the aroma. It has a sweet taste with a counteracting bittersweet after taste with a full body. It’s definitely a good choice for those colder fall nights.

For more information visit: http://www.frenchbroadbrewery.com/

 

The Black Mocha Stout with Cher

Photo courtesy of the Highland Brewing Company

Photo courtesy of the Highland Brewing Company

 

This is easily my number one pick and one of my favorites to have on hand for those Halloween parties and get-togethers. Prepared by the Highland Brewing Company, it’s dark in color, almost a shade similar to cola, with a 5.0% ABV. It has a very distinct roasted malt flavor with a medium body and a thin finish. It’s very robust in taste and smell. Hints of chocolate and coffee can be detected while the taste remains rich in a flavor of sinful proportions. Infused with cherries and oak, this beer will leave a strong taste of toasted chocolate poured over dark cherries. It’s recommended for all occasions and distribution is across most of the Southeastern United States.

For more information visit: https://www.highlandbrewing.com


Headless Hippie Pumpkin Ale


If you haven’t noticed, Boojum Brewery is one of my favorites so it’s no surprise that their seasonal ale would make the list. As a seasonal ale, it is only available during the fall months so like all things pumpkin flavored, it’s only going to be here for a short time. It’s light in color with what I would describe as a gentle smell. It’s not overpowering, but intricate enough to encompass all 5 seasonal flavors used in crafting this beer. It has a 9% ABV and with fall being the season I most look forward to, its strong pumpkin flavor sets just the right mood for the leaf season. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove can also be tasted.

For more information visit: http://www.boojumbrewing.com/