The locations along the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail always impress with their year-round seasonal releases, but for many, fall is the best time to enjoy some fantastic pours. Support your local breweries and plan a night out to try these favorites. But don't wait too long because these delicious beverages are sure to be popular.
Kipona Fest Marzen Lager – 5.2% ABV: This Oktoberfest style Marzen is a favorite at the famous Bavarian fall beer festivals. The distinct toasted malt flavor of this amber lager finishes quite crisp due to the extensive lagering of this beer. One sip and you’ll swear you’re in Munich.
Hinterland Hefeweizen – 5.5% ABV: A classically brewed German-style Hefeweizen. ABC uses the finest Bavarian ingredients to create an unfiltered wheat beer, with a fluffy head and notes of banana and clove.
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Oktoberfest 2020 – Marzen, 5.4% ABV: A malty-rich lager that starts slightly sweet and finishes dry.
Fall Spice 2020 – Spiced/Herb Beer, 5.8% ABV: Ale spiced with allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
S’mores Stout: Limited release on October 23 in 16-ounce cans only.
Horseman's Head – British Brown Ale with Pumpkin, 5.4% ABV: This seasonal favorite has a delightfully malty backbone fortified by a generous addition of pumpkin. And, of course, no pumpkin ale would be complete without the appropriate seasonal spices, so Devil’s Eye added a healthy dose of cinnamon. Delicious!
Big Amps Breakfast Stout – Stout, 8% ABV: Conditioned with coffee, cocoa nibs, and vanilla, this stout has roasty notes with a sweet ending, making it perfect for any time.
Curious Gourd – Pumpkin Ale, 6.6% ABV: A medium-bodied brown ale brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and clove, backed by a sweet caramel finish.
Oktoberfest – Festbier Lager, 5.4% ABV: A rich, medium to full-bodied dark amber lager brewed for changing seasons and crisp weather. Malt forward and best enjoyed with good company. Available on draft and in cans.
Click here to read more about new releases from Ever Grain for their 4th anniversary.
Cosmic Caramel: This hard cider is deliciously-balanced with the flavors of fall – decadent caramel with a pinch of cinnamon, followed by a warm, sweet, vanilla finish. Available in draft and six-packs starting Thursday, October 15.
The Mighty Booch – Hard Kombucha, 6% ABV: Locally sourced kombucha using matcha tea refermented with Manor yeast and added fermentables. The result is reminiscent of Spanish cava -- earthy bone dry with a complex bouquet of stone fruits.
Sauferhaus Oktoberfest – Marzen, 5.8% ABV: A traditional Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager, this deep amber beer is dominated by a smooth, malty character balanced with subtle noble German hops.
New fall cocktails include Toasted Marshmallow made with whiskey, Kahlua, marshmallow syrup, and milk topped with toasted mallow; Pumpkin Boozy Java made with whiskey, espresso, Bailey's, Kahlua, and pumpkin pie syrup, and Espresso Mallowtini made with espresso, chocolate, cream, Kahlua, and marshmallow syrup.
Moderate Darkness – English Oatmeal Stout, 5.5% ABV: As the seasons shift, and the temperature drops, darker, more malty beers become in vogue. Moderate Darkness is brewed to capture the rich flavors of roasted malt and oats without being too filling or heavy.
Reluctant Pumpkin – Pumpkin Ale, 5.5% ABV: Alee brewed with pumpkin and lactose, aged on coffee beans
October 1 was pumpkin spice day and The Winery at the Long Shot Farm released their pumpkin wine slushy, featuring traditional pumpkin pie spices.
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COVID-19 Regulations: Masks are still required when entering or walking around inside a restaurant. They may be removed when seated. Indoor dining capacity is 50%. Alcohol can only be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.