Fall is a great time of the year. The temperatures (hopefully) begin to drop, and your beer selections might move from lighter beers to beers that are a little more hefty and warming. If you like beers that represent the season, these are some of the best you’ll find in Orange County.
130 S Highland Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
Nothing says fall quite like a pumpkin beer, right? If you find yourself craving a pumpkin beer this season, Bootlegger’s is a great place to visit. Made with nutmeg, molasses and brown sugar, it tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass (or bottle). It also packs a pretty good punch with 6.1 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Look for this fine pumpkin ale either in the Bootlegger’s tasting room or at your local retailer in 22-ounce bottles or 12 packs.
Left Coast Brewing Company
1245 Puerta del Sol
San Clemente, CA 92673
Left Coast has come a long way from the days when the beers were brewed in an Oggi’s Pizza.Known for great IPAs, it also has a good imperial stout for fall. Their Epeteios Ale features chocolate and coffee flavors, and it boasts a high alcohol content that is perfect for those days when the weather starts to cool off. Also this fall, look for a variation of the Voo Doo Stout. This one will be brewed with coconut and is sure to warm you up. Enjoy either one at at its freshest in the cozy tap room.
Tustin Brewing Company
13011 Newport Ave., Suite 100
Tustin, CA 92780
During the fall season, the tradition at Tustin Brewing Company is to produce a delicious Oktoberfest lager. This beer stands as a nice contrast to all the hoppy beers that are readily available everywhere else and is a nice malty lager that is easy to drink even though it weighs in at six percent ABV. If you like a good Oktoberfest beer, make sure you get to Tustin Brewing as soon as possible, because this beer is always a big hit with customers.
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1211 N Las Brisas St.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Located in a business park right across the street from a body shop, Phantom Ales is as inconspicuous a brewery as you’re likely to find. But, when you find this great brewery, you’ll realize why people come from far and wide to taste their delicious beer and eat their tasty fare. Yes, you’ll find some IPAs in the tasting room, but you’ll also find meads and ciders that are excellent as well. Starting in early October, you’ll also be able to find a traditional Oktoberfest lager here. If you can’t get to Munich for Oktoberfest, this place provides a pretty good substitute. And, with six percent alcohol by volume (ABV), you won’t feel cheated either!
717 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 996-6258 (MALT)
If you like beers that taste like a holiday dessert in a glass, Autumn Maple from The Bruery is the beer for you. This ale is brewed with yams, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and maple syrup. This is perfect as a dessert beer or for an evening when the temperatures have dropped a bit. At 10 percent ABV, this beer is sure to warm you as well as any fire.
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