I have a few go-to “fun facts” that I use whenever I have to play one of those icebreaker games. One: I’ve been obsessed with the history of the Titanic since I was seven. Two: I’m missing a small chunk of my kneecap from a lacrosse injury in high school. Three: I really, really love craft beer.
My enthusiasm for tasty brews is attributable to my dad, who was always more likely to stock Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch or Stone’s Arrogant Bastard in the fridge than Miller Light. Like most young women, I hated the warm, crappy keg beer proffered at college parties, tending towards flavored vodkas instead (like, omigod, cookie dough vods? GET OUT!). But once I was actually old enough to enjoy adult beverages at bars or restaurants, I immediately gravitated towards the flavorful hops and malt that dear old dad introduced me to. When I lived at home for awhile post-college, he and I loved testing out new or unique beers together- we still do!
Because many wine-and-cocktail people are drawn to sweeter tastes, fall is the perfect season to test out the waters of warmer, dessert-like craft beer. (Whenever my lady friends ask for craft beer recommendations, I always suggest something less hoppy to begin with.) Here are my three favorites to drink this season- cheers!
1. Dogfish Head Punkin // DFH is my absolute favorite brewery due to their willingness to take risks with ingredients and styles. I’m not a fan of the cloying pumpkin beers, so I appreciate that this beer has more of the pumpkin spice taste than a pumpkin pie one. Super drinkable!
2. Weyerbacher Merry Monks // One of my all-time favorites year round, the spicy notes in this tripel style ale make it especially perfect in the fall. Don’t let the light color and universally delicious taste fool you, though- Monks has over twice the alcohol content of light beers!
3. Rogue Hazelnut Brown // This is the closest thing you’ll get to Nutella in a glass. Super creamy and malty, with just the right amount of bittersweet chocolate flavor to keep things interesting. Perfect with rich cake, or for sitting around a fall fire!
Are you a beer, wine or cocktail drinker? What’s your favorite brew?