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We’ve compiled a list of some of this fall’s seasonal beer releases from Virginia breweries that you won’t want to miss.
Märzen, 5.6% ABV
Oktoberfest is brewed with 100% imported German ingredients, and naturally carbonated. Experience notes of light caramel and multigrain toast with a smooth finish.
Belly Love Brewing Company
Märzen, 6.2% ABV
März Attacks is a rich amber lager with a clean, toasty and bready malt flavor and a subdued hop presence.
Blue Mountain Brewery
Lager Bier, 6.0% ABV
This authentic Festbier, of balanced malts and hops, will bring the party to you. Lightly bready, toasted malt tones with light hopping.
Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 8.2% ABV
This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is aged with cocoa nibs that meld with flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla and coconut. It’s made with 2,000 pounds of pumpkin puree in every batch.
Center of the Universe Brewing Co.
Milk Stout, 6.5% ABV
This decadent White Russian milk pours midnight black and is capped with a tan pillow-y head. Eight different malts and whole vanilla beans create flavors of chocolate and espresso.
Märzen, 5.7% ABV
German Munich and Vienna malts are used to give the beer a slightly sweet and malty flavor, with some toasted notes as well. Noble German hops add just enough bitterness.
Chubby Squirrel Brewing
Weizenbock, 7.4% ABV
This is not your usual Oktoberfest beer, with heavy notes of clove and banana from the yeast and a depth of flavor only the finest malts can bring.
Pumpkin/Yam Beer, 7.4% ABV
Malty, spicy and pumpkin-y, with a little bit of booze on the finish.
Creek Bottom Brewing
Märzen, 5.8% ABV
This beer has a slightly bread-like maltiness and touch of sweetness but does not finish sweet. Robust, but not heavy, a perfect beer to usher fall in.
Pumpkin/Yam Beer, 5.8% ABV
This pumpkin porter is medium bodied with a relatively low ABV that will get you across the patch and back.
Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company
Oktoberfest Lager, 5.9% ABV
O’Fest is medium-bodied, golden in color and tastes smooth, malty and bready thanks to the contemporary blend of malts and hops.
München On Hops
Bavarian IPA, 6.7% ABV
München On Hops uses all German ingredients and abides by the Bavarian purity law, but Devil’s Backbone gave it some American flair with extra hops straight from the source.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Saison/Wallonian-Style Farmhouse Ale, 8.5% ABV
Farmhouse Pumpkin is brewed with a classic saison yeast, Virginia-grown sugar pumpkins, spices and fresh ginger root, presenting a soft mouthfeel with balanced, rustic fall flavors.
Imperial Milk Stout, 9.2% ABV
Gingerbread Stout features an intriguing evolution of notes, from milk chocolate and vanilla to honeycomb and cinnamon, to a snap of ginger in the finish.
Märzen, 5.0% ABV
This copper hued lager is brewed on a base of Vienna malt and owes its rich flavor profile to generous helpings of Munich and caramel varieties.
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Carrot Cake Imperial Amber Ale
Amber Ale, 9% ABV
Carrot Cake Imperial Amber Ale is made with five specialty malts and hundreds of pounds of freshly grated carrots. Spice notes of cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, clove and vanilla.
Vanilla Virginia Black Bear
Russian Imperial Stout, 9.3% ABV
Ten specialty grains comprise the backbone of the beer, with notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
The Princess Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest, 5.5% ABV
This copper lager boasts the perfect union of caramel toffee sweetness with warm toasty maltiness.
South Street Brewery
Barrel Aged Imperial Satan’s Pony
Amber Lager, 9.0% ABV
Classic Satan’s Pony has been doubled up. Twice the malt, twice the hops and then aged for two months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels.
Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 8.4% ABV
This chai-spiced ale pairs pumpkin puree with cacao to create a unique beer.
Stable Craft Brewing
Lager, 5.4% ABV
A delicious example of the Märzen-style lager, pouring a beautiful orange color. This malt-forward, authentic German lager is perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest!
Pumpkin/Yam Ale, 5.8%
Nice amber color with hints of caramel, crust and spice on the nose. It’s like drinking a pumpkin pie with the hints of bread and crust.
Virginia Beer Co.
Oatmeal Stout, 6.2% ABV
Pumpkin Patches is brewed with sugar pumpkins and a house blend of spices. Smooth and creamy with warming hints of pumpkin pie.
Rob Your Head
Imperial Red Ale, 8.4% ABV
Roasted and caramel malts deliver a robust, ruby body that is balanced by assertive bitterness and a big dry-hop of classic American IPA hops.