It’s always good timing when my fall marathon schedule (I’m running the Des Plaines Trail Marathon on Saturday) coincides with my fall beer schedule. I get to increase my beer allowance this way. Here’s some of the best crisp weather beers I’ve been drinking lately.
I may have accused the Chicago brewery of being hipster, mainly due to their bird logo, typography and Threadless partnership. But these hipsters know how to brew. I’ve yet to have one of their offerings that I didn’t think was outstanding. And this double red ale is their best yet. It’s malty and delicious that it almost tastes like you’re drinking a milkshake. This is one of the tastiest beers I’ve had in months.
Brau Brothers is a tiny brewery in southwest Minnesota surrounded by farmland, so it’s fitting that they make an oatmeal milk stout. The secret ingredient is locally-sourced milk sugar, which when combined with two kinds of oats makes this a chocolatey, fruity, malty comfort beer that you want to drink with warm cookies.
As the name suggests, this is Lakefront’s ongoing series that lets their brewers loose to make unique creations. Luther, the head brewmaster, got especially crazy. I don’t recall ever having a smoked lager beer, but I’m not a convert. It combines sessionability at 4.5% ABV while having the dark, smokey substance of a much stronger beer.
You may be noticing a roasty, malty, dark beer theme by now. This one is no exception. This one is the heaviest of the bunch at 9.2% ABV, so it’s perfect for the first cold and overcast day of the fall. Or save it to warm you up after a chilly long run.
Last but not least, this bomber of Sprecher’s red offering provides a refreshing contrast to some of the heavier beers of fall. My wife is a redhead, so I got this in her honor. And much like my wife, it’s both sweet and spicy at the same time. Kind of like fall itself.
Posted on Sunday, October 14th, 2012