As the days grow shorter and the sun moves south, it’s time to set aside the playful beers of summer and explore brews of greater character and substance. Some recommendations for the fall of 2012 from Seattle magazine.
NIGHT OWL PUMPKIN ALE
Elysian Brewing Company
Pours in a beautiful shade of deep reddish orange and weighs in at 5.9 percent alcohol by volume. Widely available through October; look for it now at most grocery stores or bottle shops in 12- and 22-ounce bottles. Get it on tap at any of Elysian’s three Seattle brewpubs, including the flagship on Capitol Hill. Seattle, 1221 E Pike St.; 206.860.1920; elysianbrewing.com.
COWICHE CANYON ORGANIC HOP LAB #1
Fremont Brewing Company
On the nose, a fruity aroma and perhaps a hint of pineapple. On the palate, a slightly sweet, biscuit-like flavor that highlights an unmistakable floral and citrus hop character. A beer that every hop lover must experience; 6.2 percent alcohol by volume. Find it in bottles and cans around the Northwest, or sample at the Urban Beer Garden—Fremont Brewing’s taproom—where it will be on tap through November. Fremont, 3409 Woodland Park Ave. N; 206.420.2407; fremontbrewing.com.
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
A hybrid of two different styles: German lager and Northwest ale. Smooth and quaffable at 5.3 percent alcohol by volume with a sparkling, refreshing flavor. Get it in 22-ounce bottles at grocery stores and bottle shops. Quaff a pint at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing taproom. Snoqualmie, 8032 Falls Ave. SE; 425.831.2357; fallsbrew.com.
SILVER CITY OKTOBERFEST
Silver City Brewery
An interpretation of a classic German-style autumnal lager. Slightly sweet, crisp and clean, with a golden-amber complexion. A toasty caramel character combined with a hint of cinnamon spiciness; 6.25 percent alcohol by volume. Available in 22-ounce bottles at bottle shops and grocery stores. Find it on tap at Silver City Brewery’s tasting room. Bremerton, 206 Katy Penman Ave.; 360.813.1487; silvercitybrewery.com.
FINAL DEPARTURE STOUT
Airways Brewing Company
Pitch black, with a thick, light brown head. Unmistakable coffee and chocolate flavors combined with a slight caramel sweetness; a whopping 9.9 percent alcohol by volume (hence the name). Find 22-ounce bottles at bottle shops in the Seattle area, or get it on tap at Airways Beer and Bistro. Kent, 320 W Harrison St.; 253.236.8632; airwaysbrewing.com.