Ahhh fall… that enchanting time of year when the leaves turn gold, the days grow short, and we get forced at gun point by our significant others to drive 117 miles into the sticks to pick apples.
But if one thing is certain, alcohol makes all of these activities far more entertaining. So without further ado, let’s get started!
Surprisingly, there are many tasty brands out there.
Here are our top three picks from the patch:
This stuff is the tops, and at a staggering 8.6% ABV, make sure you eat something while drinking it if you want to maintain the feeling in your face. Not too sweet, not too hoppy, just the right spice; all in all a well-balanced fall treat. Look for it in bomber-sized bottles and on draft.
Slightly less sweet than the Pumking, but bursting with full-bodied fall flavor, this beer is absolutely delicious. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and made with real pumpkin -one of the few pumpkin beers to use the actual veggie- you can’t miss on this one. Look for it on draft and in Dogfish Head 4-packs.
For a lighter, softer pumpkin ale with all the kick, this is your brew. If you’re a beer snob and like to pick out the subtlest of flavor notes, Cambridge Brewing has done an excellent job of blending the traditional pumpkin beer flavors with that of a killer, well-rounded ale. Get it in bomber bottles or on draft.
What could be better than celebrating a 204-year-old beer drinking tradition for 16 days straight?
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is truly a festival to behold. But if you can’t make it to Germany to party, here’s a helpful list of Oktoberfest celebrations in your neck of the woods.
Boston, MA – Harpoon Oktoberfest on 10/03 and 10/04.
San Diego, CA – Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is from 10/10-10/11.
Torrance, CA – Torrance’s Alpine Village Oktoberfest, events every weekend from 9/12-10/26.
Las Vegas, NV – Hofbräuhaus in Las Vegas kicks off Oktoberfest 9/17-10/31.
New York, NY – Munich on the East River runs October 3rd-12th.
Newport, RI – International Oktoberfest runs October 11th-12th.
* London: Oktoberfest 2014 runs from 10/02-10/05 and 10/09-10/12.
* Hong Kong: Marco Polo German Bierfest from 10/17 – 11/08.
* All Other Areas: Kindly click here.
Fall Cocktail Pick
Combining flavors of the winter to come and the spring of recent past, this one is perfect for a brisk fall night on the patio.
For the cinnamon simple syrup:
1½ cups sugar
4 cinnamon sticks, plus one for garnish
For the cocktail:
2 oz. gin
1 oz. cinnamon simple syrup
½ oz. lemon juice
Dash Angostura bitters
1. Syrup: Combine 2 cups water, sugar, and 4 cinnamon sticks in saucepan; simmer until sugar dissolves. Discard cinnamon sticks and set syrup aside.
2. Cocktail: Heat gin, syrup, lemon juice, and 2 oz. water in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat and add bitters. Serve in a mason jar with a cinnamon stick as garnish.
An Autumnal Game?
Bobbing for apples? Nope.
A scary movie drinking game? Nah.
Drinking while watching the above video? Come on, friends don’t let friends drink and rub. Well, then again…
Joe Sarkisian graduated with a Master of Science in international relations from the University of Massachusetts Boston and completed his BA at Arizona State University in political science. Joe pictures himself dodging bullets in Damascus with a beer in one hand and an IBM Selectric in the other, but for now, drinking whiskey at weird hours and writing features from the home front will do just fine. He can be contacted at Joe@NewsWhistle.com.
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Drinking Pumpkin Courtesy of Leks052/Shutterstock.com
Couple With Mugs Courtesy of Frances L Fruit/Shutterstock. com
Oktoberfest Model Courtesy of Fisher Photostudio/Shutterstock.com