Beers to Drink and Brew this Fall: 5 Styles to Try and 5 to Make

I recently worked on two fall beer guides for craft beer novices and not-obsessed-but-interested drinkers. The first, published in Rally by Eventbrite, is a guide to popular beer styles that show up this time of year, along with specific suggestions of easy-to-find beers that also happen to be a few of my (approachable) favorites. The other, published in The Mash by Brooklyn Brew Shop, is a quick list for homebrew hopefuls who are looking to get their feet wet (or their brew boots wet, if they’re so experienced) with a few small batches this season.

In “Your Fall Beer Flavor Guide: Sip, Drink, Chug (No One’s Here to Judge)” AKA “Why You’re a Sucker if You Don’t Drink Spice Beer,” I walk through five craft beer styles that tend to hit the shelves as the summer transitions into leaf-falling, apple picking, hanging-out-in-bars-without-feeling-your-face-melt-off season:

  • Oktoberfest and Festbier
  • Pumpkin Beer
  • Harvest Ale
  • Herb and Spice Beer
  • Hard Cider (not beer, but see explanation in the post)

And since they’re psyched to spice up the season DIY-style, this Brooklyn Brew Shop list of “5 Fall Beers to Make Now” includes beer making kits and mixes that are perfect for fall imbibing:

  • Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace
  • Rye-PA (Limited Edition)
  • Blackberry Red Ale (Limited Edition)
  • Chestnut Brown Ale
  • Chocolate Maple Porter

Of course, these are all great beers to drink or brew any time, but it’s always fun to get festive when the options are as vast as they are!


Hopped Hard Ciders: 6 Recommendations from Brooklyn Brew Shop

In a recent infographic from Brooklyn Brew Shop, the beer making kit company recommends Six Fantastic Hopped Ciders for Fall, geared toward those willing to venture against the grain. The blog post is a perfect answer to beer-lovers’ questions about approaching the apple-fermented beverage, which is often cloaked in mystery yet has been gaining popularity in New York City this fall.

Hopped cider recommendations include:

Nine Pin Cider Works Willsie Dry Hop; Urban Farm Fermentory Hopped Cidah; Square Mile Cider Co. Spur & Vine; Citizen Cider The Full Nelson; Finnriver Dry Hopped Cider; and Brooklyn Brew Shop‘s own Hard Cider Kit and Hopped Cider Refill Pack, which recently became available (along with Sweet and Dry Cider options) on

Check out the infographic below and click to learn more about Brooklyn Brew Shop’s hard cider options. Copywriting by yours truly and graphic design by Brittany Murray.

"Six Fantastic Hopped Ciders for Fall" infographic via

“Six Fantastic Hopped Ciders for Fall” infographic via The Mash on

Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace Kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop

In case you haven’t heard, you can now brew Brooklyn Sorachi Ace at home.

Sorachi-Ace-Out-Now Thanks to a recent collaboration between Brooklyn Brewery  and Brooklyn Brew Shop, brewing novices and intermediate beer makers have an easy route to replicating Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace, a saison showcasing the rare hop varietal of the same name.

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is available online as well as at the Brooklyn Brewery gift shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in both kit (ingredients + equipment) and mix (ingredients only) form. Both options pack all the grains, hops and yeast necessary for brewing the esteemed farmhouse ale in your own kitchen, known among hopheads for revitalizing the Sorachi Ace hop, a quirky, long-forgotten varietal originally created in Japan in the 1970s, later rediscovered by a family farm in Washington State in the early 2000s and officially brought back into the spotlight by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster, Garrett Oliver in 2009.

See what Oliver and Brooklyn Brew Shop co-founders, Stephen Valand and Erica Shea have to say about the brand new release in this announcement posted on Brooklyn Brew Shop’s The Mash today.