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All The Local Seasonal Beers We'll Be Drinking This Fall


Between that short-lived cold front and sweating it out at the State Fair, this Texas fall is officially in full swing. And now that we have our autumn coffee orders nailed down, it’s only right that we begin to shift our focus to our happy hour beer rotation. Luckily there are plenty of DFW breweries that are offering all the ‘Texas Fall’ beers we’re craving. Scroll on for some local flavors we can’t wait to try.

Hop & Sting Bourbon Barrel-Aged Frigid Underworld
Take a break from all that iced coffee and switch over to this espresso-inspired ale. This smooth stout contains hints of vanilla and oak, with an ABV of 11.3%, so it’ll definitely warm you up. 

Franconia Oktoberfest 
Local craft beer enthusiasts have been enjoying this amber-colored Mearzen since its release in September. If you’re out of the loop and looking for the perfect beer to celebrate Oktoberfest, this malty full-body brew should be at the top of your list. 

Lakewood Brewing Punkel 
There are plenty of pumpkin beers out there. But if you’re looking for a beer to enjoy with your pumpkin dessert, this is the one. But spoiler: there’s no pumpkin in this dark, malty German lager—only notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger. 

Martin House Peanut Butter Pretzel Stout 
Looking to take a break from all of the pumpkin hype but still want to indulge a little? Try this sweet-and-salty work of art. Martin House brews this dark stout with six pounds of crushed pretzels per barrel, adding just a bit of peanut butter. The result is a slightly salty, delicious taste that you’ll want to sip until winter arrives. 

Photo: Jonathan Rienstra

Photo: Jonathan Rienstra

Four Corners La Lechuza Cerveza Negra 
This beer will be making its seasonal debut in mid-October, so go ahead and make plans to head over to the taproom to try it for yourself. And while it seems like everyone else is in full pumpkin mode, this s'mores-inspired stout is still nailing that warm-campfire-fueled-fuzzies of the season feeling.

Cedar Creek Oktoberfest Maizen 
For those of us that need a sippable beer to pair with our food truck fare, Cedar Creek’s Maizen is a solid choice. This traditional, medium-bodied German Marzen has a clean, dry finish and pairs extremely well with kielbasa, grilled or roasted pork and carnitas. Sold! 

Peticolas Same Time Next Year 
This cleverly named beer actually became the first beer to medal (2019 US Open Beer Championship) before its full market release, so it’s pretty safe to assume it’s the real deal. Expect a malt-forward medium body with a touch of sweetness, with notes of biscuit and a hint of caramel.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company Four Swords 
Winos, you’ll love this one. This barrel-aged Belgian-style quad has been aged in Cabernet red wine barrels for over a year, so you can expect a dark fruity flavor with a slightly spicy finish. And if you’re looking for some traditional fall flavors, the cabernet barrels also manage to add some faint notes of vanilla and caramel. (SIgh, can all beers be made this way?) 

Shannon Brewing Hazelnut Chocolate Stout 
For those of us that are pumpkined out but still want to indulge our sweet tooth, this beer is basically dessert in a pint glass. Rich, chocolatey and topped off with a hint of Nutella, this almost-black beer is perfect for sipping on a cool patio.

Rahr & Sons Pumpkin Ale
Pumpkin enthusiasts, rejoice—this sweet, malty brew contains balanced flavors of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and fresh pumpkin. You know… all of the sweet stuff we love about this season.