October is BC Craft Beer month, and with a wide variety of festivals happening all month long, it’s going to be one of the busiest months for craft breweries across the province. Top that off with all the recent fresh hop harvests, and you’ve got a perfect storm of creative craft beers coming out this month.
Here are five BC craft beers that you absolutely must try this fall, and, no, they don’t include any pumpkin ales (sorry pumpkin spice lovers).
Yellow Dog – Alpha Dog Fresh Hop Pale Ale
This fresh hopped ale lives up to the moniker Alpha Dog; in just a few short years this seasonal release has become one of the top contenders for best fresh hopped beer in BC, and sales reflect that. If you find it, scoop it up, because chances are you won’t see it again.
Fuggles & Warlock – Last Mango Wit
Let’s say you’re not quite ready to let go of summer just yet, well the Last Mango Wit is here to soothe your pains. An easy-drinking wheat ale paired with the sweetness of mango brings back memories of beachside sunsets.
Four Winds – Operis Brett Saison
This is a beautiful fall beer that will age particularly well. Aged in Okanagan red wine barrels and paired with Brettanomyces wild yeast, you can drink this fresh or cellar for several years to bring out more of the Brett character.
Granville Island – So-Cal Style IPA
Granville Island didn’t produce a lot of IPA’s this year, but when they did, they went big. The So-Cal IPA has 80 IBU’s and 7.8% ABV, so it’s a bit of an ass kicker.
Swans Brewing – Coconut Porter
This is an awesome porter, which isn’t so heavy that it feels like a meal. With hints of chocolate and coconut (naturally), it’s incredibly easy to drink and addicting.
Hopefully these five excellent options have you forgetting all about that pumpkin spice craving…no? You’re still in search of that “quintessential” fall flavour. Fine you animals, here’s ONE pumpkin beer you should try:
Steamworks Brewing – Pumpkin Ale
Steamworks produces one of the most consistent pumpkin beers available. With 100 pounds of pumpkin mash paired with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice, it’s as close as you’ll get to liquid pumpkin pie.