I don’t know about you, but when autumn hits, I’m not quite ready to give up patio season. Lucky for Ontario, the arrival of Fall doesn’t always mean it’s time to pack up the patio furniture. I’m happy to bundle up in a sweater and toque, as long as I can enjoy the cool breeze and warm sun outside.
So toss on a scarf and pull up a patio chair because Ontario craft breweries are releasing all kinds of special beers this Fall! We’ve pulled together a pretty delicious collection of must-try Fall favourites to taste this season… maybe on a patio or two!
Highballer Pumpkin Ale
Grand River Brewing
Pumpkins for the Highballer Pumpkin Ale are grown by owner Bob Hannenberg in his own garden. It doesn’t get more local than that! This classic seasonal beer is medium bodied and flavours of ginger and nutmeg are followed by a spicy finish.
Photo Source: Grand River Brewing
Lake of Bays Brewing
Mash’n Pumpkins features Magnum and Fuggles hops, in addition to pumpkin, autumn spice and vanilla. This traditional pumpkin ale offers subtle notes of nut and caramel, making it an ideal partner for harvest fare – gobble-gobble!
Marzen Oktoberfest Lager
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.
Munich malts contribute a satisfying bread and biscuit character, and German perle hops lend balancing bitterness and the clean lager finish completes the punch.
Railway City Brewing
It doesn’t get any spookier than Hoptoberfest. This beer uses hops grown on a turn of the century graveyard! It also features locally grown Bartlett Pears from Port Stanley.
Pie Eyed Pumpkin Ale
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
A True Pumpkin Ale using fresh local pumpkins makes this a truly flavourful pumpkin beer. Who needs the pumpkin pie when this tastes just like a freshly baked one? No but really, I’ll take both!
Photo Source: Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Autumn Hop (Ale)
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Autumn Hop uses fresh hops direct from the vines of an Ontario hop farm. Amsterdam Brewing’s ‘wet hop’ technique reveals vibrant hop flavours and bold aromas. If you haven’t tried a fresh hop beer, give this one a try tonight.
Black Oak Brewing Company
This flavourful Marzen Lager is carefully crafted to emulate a style most known for celebrating the Bavarian festival of Oktoberfest in early autumn. Pouring a crisp copper colour, and rich in spiced hoppy aromas with a creamy malty taste, this lager is a mouth-watering favourite.
Great Lakes Brewery
Handcrafted with an assortment of specialty malts and hops, Great Lakes added a generous amount of pumpkin directly to the brew. Combined with hints of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice, this is a beer that won’t be forgotten. Rich, satisfying and slightly spicy, this ale is perfect for a seasonal feast.
Pioneer Black Creek – Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Black Creek Historic Brewery
Originally pumpkins were used in brewing because they were hearty and plentiful. This beer captures the essence of pumpkin pie; rich in aroma and spicy in flavour. Real pumpkins are used in the brew kettle and are infused with a blend of spices including nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon.
Photo Source: Black Creek Historic Brewery