Changing leaves, shorter days and cooler temperatures — the telltale signs of autumn. And with the season comes fall flavors.
Aside from the tried and true pumpkin-flavored everything, there are many other flavors of fall that craft breweries all over the state are tapping into to create interesting and unique beer.
Warm up with some of these sensational seasonal brews:
Cypress Brewing — Mo Vanilla, Mo Cinnamon
This Edison microbrewery released a new beer that is great for those who don’t want to let go of summer.
Mo Vanilla, Mo Cinnamon is brewed with Mosaic and Motueka hops, hence the name. Mosaic is known for its blueberry and mango aromas, while Motueka boasts citrusy flavors of lemon and lime.
Many describe Mo Vanilla, Mo Cinnamon as the perfect complement to the small window of time in which the hot summer begins to change to cooler temperatures — it’s a “transitional” drink.
IPAs are great on a warm day, and the cinnamon and vanilla speak to the impending autumn weather. Mo Vanilla, Mo Cinnamon is a great contrast to a pumpkin brew, because it adds seasonal spices to something that is generally considered to be a summer style.
Ashton Brewing — All Mashed Up
Think of sitting around a campfire with friends on a cool, October night — that’s what your first sip feels like. All Mashed Up is a distinct beer that has marshmallow and chocolate flavors on the nose, with complementary notes of cream soda. It presents a strong essence of vanilla with subtle hints of cinnamon and berries from the cranberry and blueberry honey.
Steve Ashton, Head Brewer and Owner understands the value of supporting local, which is why the cacao nibs in All Mashed Up are provided by The Fudge Shoppe in Flemington, NJ.
“Supporting other local businesses is very important to us, so we are always looking for cool opportunities to collaborate and cross-promote each other,” he said.
Frye Brewing — Amber Apple Pie
Owned and operated by husband and wife duo Mike and Colleen Frye, Frye Brewing serves their year-round crowd (mostly residents of Point Pleasant and surrounding towns) but also welcomes the influx of tourists in the summertime.
Their Amber Apple Pie has all the taste notes of a home-baked apple pie. It's essentially Colleen's homemade apple pie recipe added to a beer.
“The cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger float up off of the creamy head,” said Mike. “The apple pie seasonings evoke images of the Thanksgiving dessert table, with every square inch covered with pies that Colleen and the rest of the family has made for the large gathering.”
Wet Ticket Brewing — Cin-Cho-Pep
This Rahway brewery is stirring up something hot and spicy! Cin-Cho-Pep, their Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout, is brewed with cinnamon, chocolate and peppers as the abbreviated name suggests.
“Getting the perfect ratio of chocolate to cinnamon dialed in came with experience, but the pepper flavor and heat on the back-end was a challenge,” said co-owner Tim Pewitt.
Wet Ticket produces all its beer onsite and has a comfortable tasting room with a great view of their production space.
“Beer is becoming hyper-local,” said Pewitt. “People really enjoy knowing and seeing where their beer is made, and it gives them a sense of community — and the fact that it's fresh is key.”
We’ll drink to that.
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