Around here, as soon as the temps dip to a “brisk” 70 degrees, we’re so grateful for a wink of autumn that we bust out the Uggs, throw on a cozy sweater, and order a Venti PSL. We become so fall focused sometimes, in fact, that it’s easy to wear pumpkin-spiced everything out—so much so that by the time it’s actually chilly outside, we’re kind of over it (yes, it’s possible—just wait for it!).
The official shift in seasons is marked by a change in our beverages beyond the caffeinated variety though! There are a bevy of autumn-inspired beers to sip that *gasp* don’t have a single thing to do with the beloved gourd. Redefine fall flavors with these epic autumn beers available at some of our favorite brew havens in Alpharetta:
1. The beer: Wild Heaven Fest Beer – 5.5% ABV
We love this one because 1) it’s brewed in Georgia and 2) it’s a tried and true Marzen reminiscent of real-deal Oktoberfest celebrations in Germany. Bready with just a hint of caramel, this fall easy-drinker finishes clean and leaves you with plenty of room for another glass (or two).
Where to get it: Truck & Tap Alpharetta. Rotating mobile cuisine accompanied by a massive list of ever-changing taps. Ask your server what beers go best with what you order from the food trucks of the day, then head on up to the rooftop patio to enjoy the Insta-worthy views of Alpharetta.
2. The beer: Victory Brewing Co. Festbier – 5.6% ABV
Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Co. melds traditional Austrian and German grains on their Festbier to produce an amber-style brew evocative of creamy chocolate and toasted nuts. Upping the ante on the autumn vibes for this one, you’ll also catch caramel and pine undertones with every malty swig.
Where to get it: Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar. Charcuterie, International beers of every variety, and an epic open-air rooftop bar make Barleygarden an excellent choice for autumnal imbibing. Want to get a little more Munich-y? Go on and order their pretty-much-perfect soft-baked pretzel with your choice of beer mustard or whipped honey butter.
3. The beer: Jekyll Brewing Seven Bridges Oktoberfest – 5.3%
The Seven Bridges Oktoberfest is a true German-style lager featuring sweet and yeasty malts with a deep copper hue and super mild hops. No joke, this biscuity baby will make you want to throw on your comfiest flannel and holler about how it’s “finally fall, y’all!” Big bonus points go to this locally created brew (and its brewmasters, of course!) for earning silver in the 2016 Great American Beer Festival.
Where to get it: Either of Jekyll’s two locations (Marconi Drive taproom and brewery or at the soon-to-be-open Alpharetta City Center tasting room complete with sweet downtown views courtesy of a gorgeous patio). We love drinking local as much as we love shopping local, and Jekyll Brewing is as Alpharetta as it comes! The brewery draws inspiration and its namesake from the Deep South’s very first brewery, which was founded on nearby Jekyll Island in 1738. Today, Jekyll Brewing epitomizes the notion of a local watering hole with memorable Georgia-centric names like Cooter Brown and Hop Dang Diggity.
4. The beer: Currahee Brewing Company Burningtown Belgian Amber – 7.4% ABV
With the most alcohol content wallop on the list, Currahee’s Burningtown Belgian Amber is Alpharetta’s take on the Belgian Dubbel. Building on the already rich flavors of the traditional Belgian Dubbel, this fall-tastic beer is elevated with loads of ultra-aromatic mosaic hops blended beautifully with dark fruit flavors from Belgian candi syrup to create a decadent sipper that begs to be enjoyed by firelight.
Where to get it: Currahee Brewing Company. Located in the heart of Downtown Alpharetta, Currahee was created with beer aficionados in mind. The South Main Street staple has tons of beers to choose from—whether you’re after seasonal suds, something totally tart, or a punch of hardcore hops. Tasting is encouraged as is lively conversation with your bartender and barstool neighbors.
Looking to pair up your brew with some of the best bites in the Southeast? Alpharetta has over 200 dining options with locally owned and chef-driven restaurants to delight everyone’s palate! See the full list of Alpharetta restaurants here