10 Great Craft Beers To Try This Autumn

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Autumn is upon us, and there’s very few things that go better with falling leaves and crisp air than a finely brewed and refreshing craft beer. With that in mind, the team here at Goliath has had themselves a sit-down and a few long-winded conversations so as to cultivate a list containing 10 of the finest, freshest and intimately brewed craft beers money can buy. We’ve aimed to have a wide variety of brews on this list, including lagers, pilsners, stouts, porters and IPAs (India Pale Ale), or in other words, a whole mess of delicious and frothy drinks ready for ingestion. We feel inclined to include that some of these are regional, and we’re deeply sorry if we incite a craving in you that can’t be satisfied due to geographical limitations; if that’s the case, sound off about your location in the comments and we’ll be sure to respond with a gorgeous craft beer local to your area. But without further ado, here are 10 great craft Beers to try this autumn.

10. Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (Funky Buddha Brewery)

A young woman from a very famous play once asked “What’s in a name?,” so as to suggest that the defining term for an object is irrelevant. With all respect to Juliet, we’re willing to bet that she never got her hands on a bottle of Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, the gloriously flavor-crowded microbrew from Funky Buddha Brewery in Boca Raton, Florida. With a name that describes exactly what’s going on in the beer (it is indeed a coffee porter with strong maple and bacon overtones, two flavors that anyone whose ever eaten breakfast knows go really well together), the Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is the signature ale of this small but much-loved brewery (they have two locations in the state of Florida, and both are consistently cited as having some of the best beer in the state). With a creamy texture consistent with what you’d expect from a porter, this maple infused brew is sure to leave you with a hankering for some pancakes.

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9. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

This refreshing bold lager is brewed by the good folks at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, which is located in Chico, California. The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, named for the nearby mountain range, has a unique flavor for a lager, with hints of pine and grapefruit making up the majority of flavour accents in this otherwise stereotypical pale ale. However, there’s something wonderfully complex about the simplicity here, and there’s an endless ease to the way this smooth pale ale slides down the gullet that makes it damn difficult to stop after just one. A craft beer classic that’s been a staple of the brewing industry for some time, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale comes in a beautiful bottle featuring the gorgeous California scenery from whence the beer has come. Keep an eye out for it the next time you’re at the store looking to pick up a sixer; we promise you won’t be disappointed.

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8. Lions Winter Ale (Granville Island Brewing Company)

For those who are unaware, it gets damn cold up in the Great White North that is Canada, and when the snow comes and the chill sets in, there’s no better beer to snuggle with than the Lions Winter Ale, brewed by Granville Island Brewing Company in Vancouver, British Columbia. Billed as “Canada’s first microbrewery,” Granville Island Brewing Company has a history of producing strong flavors and a wide variety of tastes in their beers, with the Lions Winter Ale representing some of the best work the company has done since their doors opened in 1984. A creamy ale with sweet overtones including cocoa, caramel and vanilla, the Lions Winter Ale mixes sweetness with just a hint of winter spice so as to warm you up from the inside out when the snow is waist deep and you’ve given up on trying to shovel it. Instead, sit down in front of the fire with a Lions Winter Ale and write us a genuine thank you card. You’ll know why once you’ve tried the beer.

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7. Victory Prima Pilsner (Victory Brewing Company)

Also referred to as “the Prime Pils,” the Victory Prima Pilsner is brewed by the Victory Brewing Company, who are located in Pennsylvania. Victory Brewing Company, founded by Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski (two grade school friends who studied brewing techniques in Germany before opening their own brewery), has taken great efforts to ensure that their Prima Pilsner channels the flavor and texture of the German pilsners that came before it, and the Prime Pilsner lives up to its heritage by mixing a refreshingly hoppy taste with the strong malt flavors consistent with German beers. The Prima Pilsner, which takes its name from the German word “prima” (a celebration of sorts, kind of like Eureka!), is most definitely a beer to be celebrated, as we here at Goliath are not normally fond of pilsners but can’t seem to stop drinking this one when given the opportunity.

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6. Brooklyn Black Ops (Brooklyn Brewery)

One of the best kept secrets in New York City is the Brooklyn Brewery, located way up at the top of Williamsburg, near Greenpoint. The Brooklyn Brewery, which was founded in 1988 and has been producing batch after batch of quality beer since they delivered their first case, may have outdone themselves with one of their most recent endeavors, the appropriately named Brooklyn Black Ops. A strong stout which is gifted its bevy of flavors by the unique aging process used by the Brewery (the stout is aged in bourbon barrels for approximately four months), Brooklyn Black Ops juxtaposes the traditional flavors of stout (coffee and chocolate) with underpinnings of vanilla and bourbon, leading to a wholly unique dark beer that’s at once satisfying and fresh. And with a whopping 10.5% alcohol content, the mysterious Black Ops is sure to keep you wondering whether it ever existed at all…

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5. Big Wheel (Amsterdam Brewing Company)

The Amsterdam Brewing Company is not, in fact, located in Amsterdam; no, these fine purveyors of quality craft beer are located in Toronto, Ontario (that’s in Canada), and claim to be ” Toronto’s first micropub and brewery.” Founded in 1986, the Amsterdam Brewing Company has a long history of producing quality lagers, ales, stouts and seasonal beers, but their finest creation may be the Big Wheel, a “deluxe amber” that rates as one of the easiest drinking amber ales we’ve ever had the great pleasure of pouring down our gullets. Born out of the desire to mix the richness of traditional ales with the drinkability of a contemporary lager, Big Wheel is one of the finest Canadian craft beers available for purchase, and its hefty yet refreshing consistency is one of the most rewarding beer experiences we can think on.

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4. The Alchemist Heady Topper (The Alchemist Brewery)

You know a brewery means business if they brew one beer and one beer only. That’s the case with The Alchemist Brewery, a small family-owned establishment who specialize in brewing an unfiltered IPA by the name of Heady Topper Unfiltered Pale Ale. A double IPA whose hops content is off the charts, the Heady Topper surprises in comparison to other double IPAs; it’s neither too strong nor too bitter, and instead brings to the tongue a refreshing, easy drinking pale ale experience that is currently all the rage in beer circles (we’ll talk more on easy drinking IPAs in a minute). The only double IPA on this list, the Heady Topper is a tough beer to get a hold of, but it’s well worth it when you do.

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3. Creemore Springs Premium Lager (Creemore Springs Brewery)

There’s something infinitely satisfying about Creemore Springs Premium Lager, but it’s not something we can put our finger on upon first tasting. A darker lager that deals in flavors normally attributed to heavier beers, the Creemore Springs Premium Lager has a creamy texture that’s also not consistent with the lager formula. Both of these off-kilter attributes end up working in the favor of this unique lager which is brewed in the tiny town of Creemore, Ontario, as it’s quite unlike anything we’ve tried from anywhere else in the world. The Creemore Springs Brewery, which attributes the unique flavor and texture of its beers to the time honored tradition of open fire roasting and copper pots, has a stellar catalog of other beers available as well, but it’s the Premium Lager that has our heart (and our taste buds) enthralled.

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2. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (Goose Island Beer Company)

Destined by its makers to be “as dark and dense as a black hole,” the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, which is brewed by Goose Island Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois, is an esteemed microbrew; it won Gold at the 2006 World Beer Awards in the Wood & Barrel Aged Beer category. Since this time, it has done nothing but gain prestige by winning over beer drinkers everywhere with its signature mix of flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. With a hefty alcohol percentage that clocks in at over 14%, the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout has the oopmf to back up its unique combination of flavors, we’re betting that this famous brew is going to win over a few more beer drinkers once they get their hands on a bottle (or four).

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1. Muskoka Detour (Muskoka Brewery)

Canadian owned and operated, the Muskoka Brewery is located in Bracebridge, Ontario, and we mean it when we say these guys are producing some of the most exciting and interesting craft beers in the world. Their most recent game changer is Detour, the unfiltered IPA that combines the harsh, hoppy flavor consistent among pale ales with a refreshing drinkability the likes of which we’ve never experienced. These bad boys go down smoother than you can imagine, and the beer’s clean finish renders it one of the most thirst-quenching brews you’ll ever be able to get your hands on. An easy drinking IPA that retains the hoppiness of its compatriots without ever sacrificing flavor, Detour is the best craft brew we’ve come across in, well…forever.

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Jim Halden

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