12 Fun Fall Beers by WNY Breweries You Need to Try in 2020

fall beer: Ellicottville Brewing Company
Pumpkinville Latte / Photo courtesy of Ellicottville Brewing Company

It’s officially the BEST time of the year. The leaves are falling, the Bills are playing, and all fall beers are being released. There’s something about a fall beer that just really comforts you during the season. If you love darker beers, pumpkin flavors, and rich coffee tastes, then buckle up, because we have the beers for you.

From can and bottle releases to offerings on tap, look out for these local beers that are sure to keep you warm and cozy this season. Check out our lineup for this fall!

Reminder: Keep in mind that some of these beers are veterans, while some are new releases. Since these local breweries like to offer a variety of different beers and are constantly changing their draft list, it may be worth a call before making the hike out to one of these locations.

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1. Honey Kolsch x Belt Line Brewing Company

If you need a new porch beer to sip on as you start to watch the leaves fall, then don’t forget to pick up the farm to tap Honey Kolsch this fall when you stop into Belt Line Brewery. This sweet like honey beer can be purchased by the 4-pack ($12.50) or in a 32 oz Crowler. With a 4.8% ABV, this is a nice and light fall beer.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Brennan’s Bowery Bar & Restaurant, Nickel City BrewZ, Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen. 

***PSA: The NFL Season is FINALLY here. If you are looking for a safe way to celebrate game day, you can book a reservation for groups of 4-10 people for all Bills games at Belt Line Brewery! Plus, they will be featuring $4 draft beer, along with other specials! 

 

fall beer: Big Ditch
Cinnamon Apple / Photo courtesy of Big Ditch Brewing Company

2. Cinnamon Apple Amber Ale x Big Ditch Brewing Company

The Cinnamon Apple Amber Ale is a fan favorite here at SOB. We literally can’t stop talking about it. Every year, we count down the days waiting for this beer to be released, and we’re happy to say it’s finally back! 

This beer is brewed with local apple cider, cinnamon, allspice, and local malts. At first sip, you will taste the spice, a rich malty base, and a subtle apple finish. Plus, we applaud the creative geniuses who added the centennial and liberty hops because they add just the right amount of bitterness to this beer. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Big Ditch Brewing Company, Nickel City Brewz, Wegmans. 

 

3. Make Me Wanna Stout Coffee Stout x Big Ditch Brewing Company

Another Big Ditch Fan-Favorite, this beer was specifically brewed for the iconic football Sundays in Western New York. And let’s be honest, beside buffalo wings and bison dip, all you really need for game day is coffee and beer. So, Big Ditch did y’all a favor by combining the two! 

Oh, and did we mention that this coffee and cream stout is brewed with Revolution coffee beans from the well-loved Public Espresso?! It’s too good! 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Big Ditch Brewing Company.

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4. Pumpkinville Latte Nitro Seasonal Ale Ellicottville Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a beer that practically tastes like pumpkin pie, you NEED to try this beer. You may be familiar with the OG Pumpkinville Latte, but this year it took on a whole new look and is now served in 16oz cans and is infused with Nitro. (Don’t worry the OG Pumpkinville Latte is still available too) 

The Pumpkinville Latte Nitro is brewed with locally-harvested pumpkin, fresh-roasted coffee beans, seasonal spice, and has a creamy Nitro infusion. Oh, and if you want to make this beer extra delicious, we would highly recommend adding a cinnamon sugar rim.  

WHERE TO FIND IT: Wegmans, Ellicottville Brewing Company. 

 

5. Pretzel Bender LagerEllicottville Brewing Company

Pretzel Bender is apart of the limited edition lagers variety pack alongside Ellicottville Bock, Monroe St. Pilsner, and the Fall Festival Lager, so make sure to grab it while you can! This lager is packed with Munich Malts and German hops, and rumor has it, you can even taste the pretzel after each sip. This beer is malty and smooth, and you need to try it this fall.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Consumer’s Beverages, Ellicottville Brewing Company. 

 

fall beer: Ellicotville Brewing
Fall Festival / Photo courtesy of Ellicottville Brewing Company

6. Fall Festival Lager x Ellicottville Brewing Company

If you enjoy a nice fall beer, but you’re not a big fan of anything pumpkin-flavored, allow us to introduce you to the Fall Fest Lager. This beer is a German-inspired Oktoberfest ale, and it’s brewed with the best authentic hops that EBC could get.  As if our love for EBC couldn’t grow anymore, they import their hops directly from Bavaria!  

Fall Festival will be your go-to beer this fall. It’s smooth, malty, and contains just the right amount of hops. Even though the actual Fall Fest is looking a little different this year, you still deserve to celebrate. So grab your closest friends, crack open a cold one, and drink to fall!

WHERE TO FIND IT: Lenox Grill, Wegmans, Consumer’s Beverages, Lexington Co-Op. 

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7. Hazelnut Brown Ale x New York Beer Project

Brewed with over 100 lbs. of roasted hazelnuts, the brand new Hazelnut Brown Ale should be at the top of your beer list this fall. This beer has a ton of rich, nutty caramel aromas, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a sweet hazelnut flavor? The finish is smooth, malty, and extremely comforting in the chilly fall weather. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: New York Beer Project.

 

fall beer: New York Beer Project
Drunkin’ Punkin’ / Photo courtesy of New York Beer Project

8. Drunkin’ Punkin’- Imperial Stout x New York Beer Project

Beware, this beer is scary good, and extra boozy. With 8.1% ABV this beer is practically Halloween candy for adults. DRUNKIN’ PUNKIN’ has malt flavors of graham crackers, and sweet and dark caramel with hints of fig, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Plus, did we mention that it’s brewed with 500 POUNDS (yes, pounds) of real pumpkin? And just in case that isn’t enough for you, the pumpkin is also mixed with fresh ginger, cinnamon, mace, Jamaican allspice berries, annatto seeds, and coriander. Then, it’s fancy AF and aged on French oak chips AND fresh vanilla beans. 

We could seriously go on about this beer all day, but we’ll just let you try it for yourself. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: New York Beer Project. 

 

9. Buck Star Coffee Cream Porter x Pressure Drop Brewing

Something about the weather getting colder makes porters hit so different. Bonus points if it’s a coffee porter. Pressure Drop Brewing skillfully took Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery and created a beer that tastes like it should be served right at Starbucks. 

Buck Star is made to have a strong, rich coffee flavor and aroma. They literally take the coffee beans whole and give them a coarse grind before mixing them into their blend of ingredients. When you cozy up to this beer, you’ll notice other intense flavors like chocolate and caramel. If you’re a fellow coffee lover, don’t forget to try this beer. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: The Draft Room, Buffalo Wings, and Brewhouse, Wegmans, Pressure Drop Brewing. 

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fall beer: Souther Tier Brewing Company
Pumking / Photo courtesy of Southern Tier Brewing Company

10. Pumking Nitro Imperial Pumpkin Ale x Southern Tier Brewing

The fall-favorite Pumpking Beer is now available in cans and on Nitro. This pumpkin ale will remind you of a freshly baked pumpkin pie. It’s a rich, creamy, full beer, and you can find it on the shelves throughout September and October. So grab it while you can! 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Wegmans, Consumer’s Beverages, Southern Tier. 

 

11. Cold Brew Coffee Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale with Coffee x Southern Tier Brewing 

Did someone say Pumpkin Coffee? New to shelves this year, the Cold Brew Coffee Pumking will remind you of a smooth, roast cold brew coffee, but with a hint of pumpkin. Each sip will settle in smooth and will give you that warm and cozy feeling that you get when you’re sipping on your morning coffee. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Southern Tier Brewing. 

 

fall beer: 42 North Brewing
Oatmeal Cookie / Photo courtesy of 42 North Brewing Company

12. Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale x 42 North Brewing 

Ok, we’re excited about this one. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a freshly baked oatmeal cookie in the fall? The Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale is finally back for the season. Made with locally-sourced toasted oats from Elm Street Bakery, this beer will keep you nice and warm all season long. It’s packed with caramel and toasted oat flavor, and it pairs perfectly with a freshly made oatmeal cookie. So don’t forget to go treat yo’ self to some delicious cookies and beer. 

Peep this video by 42 North to find the perfect local cookie pairing! 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Wegmans, 42 North, Lenox Grill, Farmers and Artisans, Premier Group. 

 

What’s your favorite local fall beer? Tell us in the comments!

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