Fall Favorites from DFW

Fall is finally here in Texas! Granted, in the rest of the country, fall has been around for over a month, but it takes the cooler weather some time to catch up here. In Dallas, we don’t even have to leave our air conditioner on at night anymore!

That first chill in the air signals the time for raking leaves, digging out the sweaters from out closets, and putting pumpkin spice in EVERYTHING. But more importantly, it is also the time for fall beers.Here’s a list of some of the best in DFW, paired with some fun autumn activities.

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Gourdzilla ABV: 7.5%

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. (Dallas)

The aptly named Gourdzilla is a monster of a beer. This smoked pumpkin ale is inspired by an English Strong Ales and incorporates all of your basic fall flavors: pumpkin, cinnamon, sweet potatoes, nutmeg, maple, and allspice.

Pairs well with: Pumpkin carving, although make sure to carve the pumpkin before drinking the beer.

Goatman

Goatman – ABV: 9.3%

Lakewood Brewing Company (Garland)

The third release in Lakewood’s “Legendary Series” the Goatman is an India Black Lager with a spooky tale behind it, or at the very least, on its label. Legend has it that the Goatman of White Rock Lake in Dallas stands seven feet tall and likes to spook any locals that get too close. This dark brew has a strong, roasted malt taste with just the right amount of bitter.

Pairs well with: Eating Halloween candy and never jogging again.

Sit Down or I’ll Sit You Down – ABV: 10%

Peticolas Brewing Company (Dallas)

Not all fall beers have to be dark, but this Imperial IPA will definitely keep you warm during those cool fall nights. Just make sure you don’t get into too much trouble once the sun goes down. For all of you COPS fans still out there, you’ll enjoy this video of Head Brewer Michael Peticolas’ brother featured on the show, saying the line that inspired the name of this strong and very hoppy IPA.(Don’t worry, he was the cop.) Each barrel is brewed with a pound of hops, resulting in a beer that’s full, but can cut through the heavy flavors of the season.

Pairs well with:An evening stroll and public intoxication.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest – ABV 7.5%

Rarh & Sons (Ft. Worth)

This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one Oktoberfest, and this is a good one to try before the month is over. I recently had it at the Rahr & Sons Brewery tour, and I was so preoccupied with finding it before last call, I missed the tour. But it was worth it. This beer is what Rahr calls “a classic Oktoberfest lager:” very smooth, malty, and a little sweet.

Pair wells with:A hayride and some streusel.

PunkelPunkel – ABV: 5.4%

Lakewood Brewing Company (Garland)

This pumpkin pie-spiced dunkel has been very elusive in the Dallas area, and for good reason. Stores have had a hard time keeping it on the shelf. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot of pumpkin.

Pairs well with: Pumpkin seeds and another Punkel.

Chocolate Cherry Double Brown Stout ABV: 8%

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. (Dallas)

This beer holds a special place in my heart, because it was the last beer I had in Austin before moving to Dallas. But it also holds a special place in my stomach, because it’s delicious. The name says it all, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. has taken their Double Brown Stout and added cocoa nibs and dark sweet cherries. The darkness of the beer will help prepare you for those shorter days come Daylights Saving Time.

Pairs well with: More chocolate covered cherries. Obviously.

Cheers!

-Wendy

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