13 Ridiculously Fun Fall-Themed Local Beers You Need to Try This Season

Cinnamon Apple / Photo courtesy of Big Ditch Brewing

Ahh, Fall. The cool breeze, rooting for the Bills every Sunday, and the endless amounts of homemade comfort foods. All of these things tend to put us deep into our fall feels, but we can’t forget the most essential thing about fall, the local seasonal beers. From can and bottle releases to taps, look out for these local beers that will keep you warm and cozy all throughout 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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Big Ditch Brewing Company

55 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / (716) 854-5050

1. Cinnamon Apple – Amber Ale

Listen up people, this beer is literally autumn in a can, and you need it in your life ASAP. Our friends at Big Ditch use locally pressed cider from New York state grown apples, cinnamon, allspice, and local malts to create the most perfect fall beer. Although it may sound like a cider, it’s not. The hops add the perfect amount of bitterness making it a beer and not a cider.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Big Ditch Brewing Company, Tonawanada Bowling Center

 

2. Autumn IPA- American IPA

Now this isn’t your typical IPA. Although this beer is brewed using classical American hops, it is balanced by a strong malt base, giving it a deep ruby color.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Big Ditch Brewing Company

 

3. Fall Black German Style- Black Beer

Fall Black is made with German and American malts and hops, and brewed with California Common yeast. The color of this beer may shock you, but it’s not too much to handle. According to the expertise at Big Ditch, it’s surprisingly light!

WHERE TO FIND IT: Big Ditch Brewing Company

 

New York Beer Project

6933 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 / (716) 743-6927

300 High St, Victor, NY 14564 / (585) 888-6927

4. Drunkin Punkin- Imperial Pumpkin Ale

We can’t have Fall without a little pumpkin flavor.  Although pumpkin is in the name (and the fact that this beer is brewed with 500lbs. of it), it is filled with all of the fall flavors like graham crackers, and sweet and dark caramel with hints of fig, vanilla and burnt sugar. This malt is complimented by a spice mixture of fresh ginger and cinnamon, Jamaican all spice berries, annatto seeds and coriander. If all of this didn’t scream fall already, it’s aged on french oak chips and fresh vanilla beans.

 

5. Prost-Oktoberfest Lager

This award-winning “Best in Show” Lager is the perfect crisp refreshing beer. Everyone needs to have at least 1 (if not 100) Oktoberfest Lagers this fall. We totally recommend pairing it with one of NYBP’s signature pretzels.

 

6. Vanilla Muffin Oatmeal Stout- Oatmeal Stout

Everyone loves to indulge in some freshly baked sweets, especially leading up to the holidays. Enjoy aromas of dark chocolate, coffee and oatmeal with flavors of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and natural oat sweetness. We’ll take 6, please!

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Ellicottville Brewing Company

28 Monroe St, Ellicottville, NY 14731 / (716) 699-2537

Pumpkinville Latte / Photo courtesy of Ellicottville Brewing Co.

7. Pumpkinville Latte- Seasonal Ale

This is EBC’s seasonal release. It’s brewed with locally harvested pumpkin, freshly roasted coffee, and of course, some seasonal spice.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Sterling Tap & Wurst, Premier Gourmet, Tonawanda Bowling Center, Matinee, Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill, Wegmans, Back Alley Bar and Grill, Consumer’s Beverages, World of Beer.
Fall Festival / Photo courtesy of Ellicottville Brewing Co.

8. Fall Festival-Lager

As soon as you see this beer hit the shelves, then you know it’s truly fall. This authentic beer brewed with organic hops is a must-have this fall, especially if you’re walking around Ellicottville Fall Festival.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill, Hatchets & Hops, Pizza Plant Italian Pub, Wegmans, Grover’s Bar and Grill, Del Denby’s, Consumer’s

Resurgence Brewing Company

1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / (716) 768-6018

55 Chicago Street, Buffalo NY 14204

Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale / Photo courtesy of Resurgence Brewing

9. Vanilla Cappuccino – Spiced Pumpkin Ale

Who needs a pumpkin spiced latte, when you can have a pumpkin spiced ale? This beer is the perfect blend of vanilla, coffee, and pumpkin.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill, Resurgence Brewing Co, Wegmans, Anchor Bar

 

Flying Bison Brewing Company

840 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210 / (716) 873-1557

10. Paula’s Peanut Stick Porter

Do we need to say more?! Keep your eyes open because rumor has it this beer will release sometime in October.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

4350 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224 / (716) 608-6155

11. Garden of Eden Pumpkin Ale

This recipe uses – wait for it, real – fresh-picked, locally-grown, pie pumpkins planted specifically for Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. by Zittel’s Farm in Eden, NY. If you’re looking for a pumpkin ale that’s sweet and spicy locally, look no further. This brew will be available mid-October, so stay tuned for the launch!

WHERE TO FIND IT: Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

 

Vanilla Chai Tea Milk Stout / Photo courtesy of Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

12. Vanilla Chai Tea Milk Stout

If you’re like most basic B’s (us included), a Wegmans Chai Tea Latte is your JAM. Which is why it’s so exciting to think about a beer that focuses on these fabulous fall flavors. Rusty Nickel’s Vanilla Chai Tea Milk Stout pairs together two exotic flavors with their Milk Stout base – think black tea, chai spices, cinnamon, and vanilla. Ummmm, yum.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

 

42 North Brewing Co.

25 Pine St, East Aurora, NY 14052 / (716) 805-7500

Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale / Photo courtesy of 42 North Brewing Co.

13. Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale

The Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale returns for the season with a draft release on Saturday, Sept. 14th at 42 North. What can you expect from this fall cookie-themed brew? Toasted oats and caramel notes that remind you of the classic cookie recipe. Hells yea.

WHERE TO FIND IT: 42 North Brewing Co.
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