Top 5 Craft Brews to Try this Fall

Add these local beers to your seasonal rotation.

Fall is officially here, and many local breweries are acknowledging the change with a seasonal selection of brews that singularly evoke this time of year. Gone are many of the light, citrus-laden beers of summer in favor of heavier brews like malty stouts and dark, hoppy ales. Usher in the oncoming cooler temperatures and changing leaves with these autumn brews.

1. LynLake Brewery’s Masaya Barrel-Aged Dark Strong Ale: Exactly the kind of brew you crave on a brisk fall day. It’s a rich, malty beer with overtones of vanilla, spice and rum raisin, a caramel-y aroma, and hints of plum and prune.

2. Indeed Brewing Co.’s Let It Roll IPA: Bright and fruity, this IPA may run counter to a typical fall beer. But its blend of citrus and light malty notes make for an unexpected brew that give a nod to the season’s crisp temperatures.

3. NorthGate Brewing’s Maggie’s Leap Nitro Milk Stout: The first canned nitro beer in Minnesota, this sweet stout incorporates the creaminess inherent in nitro carbonation with notes of roasted malt and coffee.

4. Sociable Cider WerksRusty Chain Cranberry Apple Cider: This cider combines classically autumnal apple and cranberry flavors with the brewery’s incorporation of hoppy, beer-like elements to create a unique blend of sweet and sour.

5. Bauhaus Brew LabsSlawhammer Ale: Made in collaboration with southern restaurant Revival, this Kentucky-inspired ale brings together elements of a cream ale with malty overtones and a black tea-like finish. A great summer-to-fall transition beer.

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