The tastes of fall are easy to figure out for a lot of different dishes. Got some coffee? Throw some pumpkin spice in there. Want to spruce up a tray of brownies? Dash some candy corn around. But what about your beer fridge? What are the best options for pumpkin beer and other fall beers?
Luckily, seasonal fall beers are as tasteful as they are plentiful. Some fall beers have been around for hundreds of years, too! In this blog, we’ll help you find your next favorite fall beer in the grocery store whenever it’s time to sit by the door with a bowl of candy bars for devilish trick-or-treaters.
And as an added bonus, we’re including the perfect horro movie pairing to go along with each pumpkin beer and fall beer we have listed below. Between a tasty brew and some truly scary flicks, this will help you make the most of your spooky season.
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
We’re starting out with an absolute classic here. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale may be the most widely recognized pumpkin beer across America, and that’s for good reason. The Delaware brewery has been making Punkin Ale since 1994—before Dogfish Head officially opened its doors.
Punkin Ale is a well rounded brown ale brewed with brown sugar, spices and real pumpkin meat. What keeps people coming back to Punkin Ale is its balance. You won’t get blown away with any single flavor, and the complete profile of the beer is the perfect complement to watching the leaves change color.
Movie Pairing for Punkin Ale: Halloween
We’re matching one classic with another here. John Carpenter’s “Halloween” has been ranked among the best horror movies ever and has become an established horror movie franchise across decades. The original “Halloween” still holds up to this day because of its pacing, iconic soundtrack and the lasting terror of the movie’s killer—Michael Myers.
Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin Ale
With its annual fall release, Brooklyn Brewery took an historical American beer recipe and modernized it. The Post Road Pumpkin Ale is a revival of beer brewed by early American colonists, when pumpkins were abundant in the harvest season.
Brooklyn Brewery makes its pumpkin beer with pounds of real Dickinson pumpkins before rounding out the beer with a bit of nutmeg. The final product? A pumpkin beer that is restrained and enjoyable—just like it was back in our founding days.
Movie Pairing for Post Road Pumpkin Ale: The Witch
To go along with Brooklyn Brewery’s colonial beer, here is a movie that takes place in colonial New England. Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” is an expertly crafted modern horror that follows a farming family gripped by accusations of witchcraft and black magic. Every element of this film—cinematography, scenery and plot lines—build a unique and unsettling movie.
Southern Tier Brewing Co. Pumking Imperial Ale
One of the most highly-rated pumpkin ales across Untappd and BeerAdvocate, Southern Tier’s Pumking Imperial Ale is a pumpkin beer designed to blow you away. Every bottle is packed with tons of spices that come through in every sip, like vanilla, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Pumking Imperial Ale packs a powerful punch from the first whiff all the way down to the last drop of beer in your glass. If you’re looking for a strong and vibrant pumpkin beer for your fridge this fall, Pumpkin Imperial Ale is just the beer for you.
Movie Pairing for Pumking Imperial Ale: Pumpkinhead
The most over-the-top pumpkin beer deserves an over-the-top pumpkin movie. After his son is killed in an accident, a man turns to a local witch to get revenge on the teenagers who did it. She unleashes an ancient demon who only goes by one name—Pumpkinhead.
Samuel Smith Old Brewery Famous Taddy Porter
The first fall beer on this list that doesn’t include pumpkin, Samuel Smith’s Famous Taddy Porter is just the beer you need when the temperature starts to drop. This beer is still made with well water from a well made in 1758, but what really sets this English Porter apart is its pronounced roasted malt character.
This beer is guaranteed to keep you warm throughout cold fall nights. If you have to throw on a thick flannel to go out on your porch to carve pumpkins, grab a Taddy Porter to take with you.
Movie Pairing for The Famous Taddy Porter: An American Werewolf in London
The cult classic “An American Werewolf in London” is one of the first big horror movies to successfully combine humor and horror. An American backpacker in London gets attacked by a large wolf, leading to terrible nightmares and urges. Enjoy this British film with your English Porter.
Austin Beerworks Black Thunder
Austin Beerworks’ highly-awarded beer is bold, refined and the ideal brew for warm weather-stricken Southerners who crave a crisp fall in their hearts. Black Thunder is a modern German Schwarzbier made with dark malts.
Roasted malt flavors are abundant in this beer, making it a great fall beer anywhere. But Black Thunder retains an overall light-to-medium body, meaning you can crack open a can if it’s still warm outside.
Movie Pairing for Black Thunder: Hausu
The first big Japanese horror film to be introduced to American audiences, “Hausu” is a downright ridiculous horror movie that you have to put in your queue this year. The film follows a schoolgirl traveling with her friends to her aunt’s home, where they soon encounter supernatural events.
Ayinger Privatbrauerei Oktober Fest-Märzen
Any list of the best fall beers wouldn’t be complete without at least one Oktoberfest-style beer, and Ayinger Privatbrauerei’s Oktober Fest-Märzen is our favorite of the bunch.
Everything about this beer is a testament to how many years of tradition and brewing knowledge go into every glass. Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen has a deep, rich amber color that leads to a bready flavor. This beer is full bodied with a soft dryness, and the beer’s balance make it a great pour throughout fall, whether you’re enjoying this brew at Oktoberfest or during Thanksgiving.
Movie Pairing for Oktober Fest-Märzen: Suspiria
This Italian-made horror movie set in Germany has become famous for its deeply unsettling soundtrack and remarkable sets. An American ballet dancer arrives at a German dance academy to find an institution followed by brutal murders and dark secrets.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Wookey Jack
IPA fans rejoice! There is still room for you at the table when you’re shopping for fall beers. Few do it better than Firestone Walker Brewing Company, who release this complex dark IPA in the fall.
Wookey Jack is a Black Rye IPA that is as bitter as it is dark. Firestone Walker doesn’t shy away from loading up this beer with hops, which produces a dark bitterness that helps to balance out toasted sweetness from malted rye.
Movie Pairing for Wookey Jack: The Wicker Man
Perhaps the most notable folk-horror flick, “The Wicker Man” follows a detective as he arrives on an isolated island to investigate the disappearance of a little girl. The closer he gets to cracking the case, the closer he gets to unraveling the secrets of this mysterious island.
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek
Halloween isn’t officially “spooky season” without a little blood, right? Turn to this expertly crafted bottle of blood-red brew to quench your thirst for the scarlet slake this fall.
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen has been making world-class Belgian sour beers for decades now, specializing in geuze and, notably, its Oude Kriek. This beer is a traditional lambic made by macerating cherries—including the pits—in young lambic. The result is a wonderfully tart and flavorful kriek with a crisp, thin body and a vibrant red hue.
Movie Pairing for Oude Kriek: The Evil Dead
Pair your Oude Kriek with the bloodiest damn movie that’s ever been made. Whether you spring for the iconic original or the true-to-the-source remake, you’re in for a darkly funny horror flick with demons, possession and buckets of blood.
Uinta Brewing Co. Baba
The second black lager on our list, Uinta Brewing Co. Baba finds the perfect balance between complexity and drinkability.
Black as night and light on the lips, Baba is rounded out with tasting notes of coffee, campfire and chocolate. You’ll love every sip of this brew as you rake the leaves in your in-laws’ yard.
Movie Pairing for Baba: Hereditary
Are you the black sheep of the family? Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” became an instant horror classic the second it was released, and follows a family as they endure traumatic losses and unravel secrets about their grandmother. Just when you think you know where this movie is going, it takes an unpredictable turn.
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Left Hand Brewing Co. Milk Stout
Traditionally, you may associate stouts with the colder winter months. But here at Brewvana, we believe its never too early to get started on stout season.
Few stouts are as universally loved as Left Hand Brewing Co.’s Milk Stout, and that reputation is well earned. This creamy, dark stout doesn’t hide behind any corners. Every glass delivers balanced notes of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts and finishes with a subtle bitterness.
Movie Pairing for Left Hand Milk Stout: The Blood on Satan’s Claw
The British classic horror film “The Blood on Satan’s Claw” tells the tale of a rural town gripped by evil acts perpetrated under the name of Satan. This film is a gem of its era, when the occult and Satanic Panic took over the silver screen.
North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin
Alright, we’ve got one more stout for you on this list. Don’t judge us. North Coast Brewing Co.’s flagship stout should catch your attention every time you walk past a 4-pack in the bottle shop.
Rasputin’s legendary gaze draws you in to grab this Russian Imperial stout, which is bold, dark and intense. Old Rasputin is a beer that is as clean as it is rich, which can’t be said for many stouts. When the fall nights turn particularly frigid, turn to Old Rasputin for comfort.
Movie Pairing for Old Rasputin: The Omen
Nothing pairs better with a tall glass of Old Rasputin than this movie about inherent evil. “The Omen,” a movie about the anti-christ, was famously plagued with on-set disasters and curses during filming. This film is an absolute classic and a must-watch during October.
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Old Brown Dog
Smuttynose Brewing Co.’s iconic Old Brown Dog should be a staple in your fridge from the day the very first leaf falls on the ground straight through the holidays. This award-winning American Brown Ale is a pacesetter for the style.
Old Brown Dog is toasty, bready, light and sweet all at once. In comparison to the typical English Nut Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog has a fuller body and a more pronounced (but still subtle) hop presence.
Movie Pairing for Old Brown Dog: Phantasm
Just as brown ales are the underrated fall beer of the craft beer world, “Phantasm” is an underrated horror film from the 1970s. This movie has it all—zombies, murder, spooky cinematography and a creepy villain.
Allagash Brewing Company Haunted House
You just know we had to put this on the list. Allagash Brewing Company continues its tradition of ridiculously good beers with this annual fall release, which they brew just in time for Halloween.
Haunted House (which clocks in at 6.66% ABV) is an American Porter made from roasted barley and Blackprinz malt, giving the beer a ghoulishly dark shade. The beer has a complex, malty body that finishes with fresh coffee notes and a large hop profile.
Movie Pairing for Haunted House: The Shining
There are endless haunted house movies to turn on throughout October, but none top “The Shining”. Technically a haunted hotel film, “The Shining” is Stanley Kubrick’s take on a Stephen King novel about a father who slips into insanity while caretaking for a hotel in the isolated Colorado Rocky Mountains. Kubrick’s film stands as one of the best films of all time, regardless of genre, because of powerful performances by the cast, masterful cinematography and unmatched world-building.