Coffee as a beer ingredient is more closely associated to both stouts and winter, but Juneau’s favorite brewery is bucking both trends with their new fall seasonal. Employing local Heritage Coffee, Alaskan adds the deep, rich, roasted profile of coffee to a cocoa and hazelnut-heavy brown ale base. The result isn’t too complex to hide the fruity touch of yeast and hops typical to the brown ale style. Overall, a welcome respite for beer drinkers who can’t stand nutmeg and clove in their autumnal offerings.
September may seem too early to start talking about autumn but, in the craft beer industry, the year’s third season is already in full swing. Production and distribution dictate that marzens and pumpkin beers start fermenting long before the leaves start to fall, and September is the month when they hit shelves full force. This month, we highlight four to watch out for across the country.