Brewing this fall
7 top Austin breweries crafting seasonal sips for fall
Austin is blessed with a vibrant craft brewing scene offering beers, settings, food and events to suit every taste. One of the best things is the production of seasonal brews, meaning you can fill your glass with something just right for the day. Try one of these seven local drinks created for fall.
Crosby, St. Elmo Brewing
This Fresh Hop Harvest IPA only comes around once a year. St Elmo Brewing makes it with whole cone Strata hops picked at Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Oregon, shipped overnight and thrown into the kettle within 24 hours. According to the brewmaster, this ensures they get every amazing little hop oil and aroma out of it and into the brew. Crosby will be released on Friday Sept 23 on draft and in cans to-go from the brewery. 440 E. St. Elmo Rd
Imperial Stash: Mike’s Hot Honey Cider, Austin Eastciders
Austin Eastciders collaborated with makers of Mike's Hot Honey on this brew with notes of sweet honey, crisp apple, chili and a lingering heat. The limited-edition can features a honey drip print around the rim and holographic honeycomb and bee motifs, developed in collaboration with long-time brand design partner, Robert Lin. “A couple of years ago, we created a hard cider infused with smoked spicy honey and it was a huge hit,” says John Glick, president of Austin Eastciders. To bring the flavor back as an Imperial Stash, he reached out to Mike’s Hot Honey, which he calls “a force behind the hot honey trend.” Available on draft at Austin Eastciders tasting rooms at 1530 Barton Springs Road and 979 Springdale Rd in September and in six-packs and draft at other outlets (including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio) in October, while supplies last.
Katie’s Pride, Lazarus Brewing
Lazarus Brewing releases this beer, an Oktoberfest style Märzen, on October 1. General manager Marcus TenHarmsel describes this version as a refreshing German style lager, almost amber and very dry, with nutty, bready and caramel notes. Traditionally served in Munich for Oktoberfest, Märzens go well with all the festival’s traditional foods and the brewery will have weekend food specials such as bratwurst and pretzels with cheese. Katie’s Pride is named for Katharina von Bora, the wife of Martin Luther who operated a brewery in addition to supporting Luther’s Protestant Reformation in the 1500s. On September 16, Lazarus released Twenty Pound Brown, a hop-forward, full-bodied Indian Brown Ale. “It reminds us of cool fall weather and sitting around a campfire,” says TenHarmsel, noting the beer is named for a trout caught in Montana. This brewery has street tacos and a large shaded patio. 1902 E. Sixth St. Opening in early Oct., Laz2 at 4803 Airport Blvd features a larger brewery and expanded food menu.
Perpetual Trance IPA, Meanwhile Brewing
Meanwhile Brewing is known for award-winning pilsner, lager, and IPA brews. Perpetual Trance IPA, released on September 2, is the seventh in a series of seasonal IPAs. Brewery founder Will Jaquiss describes it as a West Coast-style IPA brewed with Mosaic, Idaho 7, Chinook and Simcoe hops, with tastes of tangerine, watermelon and pineapple. Like the other cans in the series, Perpetual Trance features artwork from Amsterdam-based Timo Kuilder, which is available as posters. The brewery also plans to release a 2022 Oktoberfest lager on September 24. The South Austin location features a large, tree-shaded outdoor space, five food trucks, a coffee bar, taproom and brewhouse, playscape, soccer fields, and concert stage. 3901 Promontory Point Dr
Rubus Forager Cider, Texas Keeper Cider
Texas Keeper Cider released two drinks for fall, Rubus Forager 2021 and NV Heirloom made from 2020 and 2021 harvests. Rubus Forager features Arkansas Black and Granny Smith apples sourced from the High Plains and double fermented with dewberries foraged from Free Fleeing Farm’s fields in the spring. The terracotta pink cider has notes of strawberry and tobacco leaf on the nose, bright raspberry on the palate, and a crisp citrus finish. The idea for this combination came to Texas Keeper Cider Founder Nick Doughty after a single-keg experiment he tried last year. Eighty cases of became available for purchase at the cidery or online starting September 10. Taproom open Thursday to Sunday. 12521 Twin Creeks Road, Manchaca.
Simcoe Dreamboat, Austin Beerworkds
The fall entry from Austin Beerworks, Simcoe Dreamboat, is a Simcoe hop-forward classic Pale Ale. Simcoe is a complex hop with fruity and earthy flavors that is used for bittering and aroma. The brewery released this beer on September 1 for Suicide Awareness Month, working with Infinite Ingredient, a non-profit that supports the mental and physical well-being of individuals working in the craft beverage industry through outreach, education, and access to resources. On draft and in kegs. Also check out the Montecore Oktoberfest, a traditional fest beer with all German malts, hops and yeast. On tap and in cans. 3001 Industrial Terrace
With Pulp DIPA, Pinthouse Brewing
Known for creative offerings with equally creative names on tap and in cans, Pinthouse Brewing created this Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) with a Viognier from the William Chris vineyard an hour northwest of Austin, brewing it with Motueka, Hallertau Blanc, Black Star Simcoe, and Freestyle Nelson Sauvin hops. DIPAs are hop-centric and fruity with more intense aroma and flavor than regular IPAs and often richer in texture. Expect notes of ripe grapefruit, lively citrus, and vivid tangerine with the Pinthouse version. On tap and in cans to go since September 2 and until it's gone. 2201 E. Ben White.