9 Local Beers You Need to Drink This Fall

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The colorful leaves are starting to fall, the air is changing into that crisp, cool feeling, and best of all, the seasonal fall brews are coming out. This list runs the gamut, from the classic Oktoberfest and pumpkin ales, to the unexpected ones using apples, but they will all get you in a spooky mood.

Boo Brew by Port Jeff Brewing Company
ABV: 5.4%

The Pie Beer: This brew will get you into the fall spirit with its addition of pumpkin pie spice and local pumpkins. It’s a great frosty beverage to have when the days get a little crisper, and you need a little more pumpkin in your life. Bonus: Boo Brew is also available at select Applebee’s on Long Island.

Splashing Pumpkin Pumpkin Ale by Great South Bay Brewing
ABV: 5%

The Witch’s Brew Beer: They start with roasted pumpkins that they add to their “monster mash” and stir into their “boiling cauldron.” What could be more witchy than that? *cackle*

Oktoberfest by Blue Point Brewing Company
ABV: 5.7%

The Returner: This one is the returner, the classic we can all count on to be around year after year. Blue Point prides themselves on their Oktoberfest beer, calling it a “rare example” of the traditional German style.

Pomme by St. James Brewery
ABV: 8%

The Wildcard: Most seasonal ales released in autumn center around pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins. And we aren’t complaining. But here’s a little something to change up your line-up. This award-winning brew is made with apples from Richter’s Orchard, located right here on Long Island.

Pumpkin Ale by Montauk Brewing Company
ABV: 5.7%

The Classic: Fall is a season you can count on. The leaves turn colors, the sky clouds up, the temperature drops. Something you can count on just as much is Montauk’s Pumpkin Ale. It’s the perfect beer to transition you from hot, summer nights to cool, brisk fall evenings.

Leaf Pile Ale by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
ABV: 5.2%

The Beer of Spices: Ginger, cinnamon, whole bean vanilla, all spice, nutmeg, pumpkin—this beer seems to have all the fall spices. So if you’re someone who is ready to dive head first into this season, pick up the Leaf Pile Ale. And add a cinnamon sugar rim to take the whole thing to a new level.

Pumpkin Ale by Long Ireland Beer Company
ABV: 5%

The Smoky Beer: The label may scare you with its skeletal illustrations, but there’s nothing to fear with this beer. The addition of smoky malts may just remind you of the eerie fog that covers the fields in the fall mornings.

Pumpkin Ale by Oyster Bay Brewing Company
ABV: 5%

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The Smooth Operator: This beer has all the spices you love in most fall brews, but it’s so much smoother and less stringent. Even if you think you don’t like pumpkin beer, give this one a try and see if it proves you wrong.

Graveyard Smash by Sand City Brewing Company

The Spooky Beer: The label alone will give you the chills, but once you have a taste of the beer, you’ll find the only thing to fear is your dwindling supply of it. Pro tip: Head to the Sand City tasting room in Northport and pick up a growler (or two) to go.