As the leaves start to change, so do the beers in taps and bottles around Delaware. Breweries on the Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail are rolling out their fall brews in all their seasonal deliciousness.
16 Mile Brewing Company is once again releasing its Delaware Oyster Stout, a fall seasonal stout brewed with oysters. The cherry wood smoked barley lends a smoky flavor to the beer with hints of bacon and a campfire taste on the finish. You’ll catch a bit of the brine from the fresh local oysters added during the boil as well. Proceeds from the sale of this beer are donated to assisting oyster habitats and preservation in the local bays. Though the brewery’s Tiller Brown Ale is a year-round brew, it’s great for the fall weather. This southern English brown ale showcases robust flavors of chocolate and coffee. 16 Mile takes Tiller Brown Ale up a notch with the release of S’mores Brown Ale, a twist on Tiller Brown with the addition of chocolate and marshmallow notes.
Not only is 3rd Wave Brewing Co. releasing Sundancer White IPA again, it is releasing the brew in cans this year! The coriander and bitter orange peels added to the brewing process balance out the Pilsner and wheat malts and Cascade, Centennial, and Citra hops. The brewery’s pumpkin ale, Jack’D, is also now available on tap. Keep an eye out for a very limited run small batch sour beer coming from the brewery this fall as well.
Argilla Brewing Company at Pietro’s Pizza is hosting its annual Fall Fest, a celebration of fall flavors. To gear up for that, it has brewed a fresh hop beer called Say Fresh to Michigan, brewed with 20 pounds of fresh cascade hops from Big Mitten Farms in Michigan. Argilla is also brewing Boogsley Pumpkin Ale, as well as a Brown Sugar Porter called Sticky Stingers. It is releasing another batch of Blonde Bock, He Won't Be Bock this fall too.
Big Oyster Brewing at Fins Ale House and Raw Bar is bringing back Shuckin’ Pumpkin. In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox they brewed Horus and Seth. As day and night are of equal lengths during the equinox, Horus and Seth are equal parts Black IPA and White IPA. Oystoberfest, a complex, bready, malty and sweet Oktoberfest, has also made its return, brewed for Fins Fish House & Raw Bar’s Oysterberfest on October 30th.
Blue Earl Brewing is taking on the fall scene with several beers. I Can’t Quit You Oktoberfest Marzen shows off a deep, smooth flavor with caramel tones. Body & Soul, the brewery’s Scottish Ale, has semi-sweet cocoa flavors, coffee, and, more prominently, rich caramel flavors. Ain’t Superstitious Imperial Pumpkin Ale, which will be available in large format bottles at the brewery, rounds out the lineup of fall brews.
On deck for fall release at Brick Works Brewing & Eats is S’mores American Brown Ale brewed with marshmallow, cinnamon, and a hint of Smoke Malt, finished with an addition of chocolate to give you that campfire treat flavor profile. It is also releasing Super Fly Black IPA and Malt WHITman Belgian Whit this fall.
Dewey Beer Company has been busy. For the fall it is releasing several beers including Dubbelzein!, Chocolate Milk Stout, Black Rye IPA and a Pumpkin/Butternut Squash Sour Saison. Dubbelzein! is a smoked bourbon barrel aged Belgian Trappist Dubbel with a spiced and fruited aroma and the naturally occurring flavors of raisins, prunes and plums. The brewery’s Chocolate Milk Stout has been aged in Painted Stave Distilling Rye Whiskey Barrels. Brewed using baker’s chocolate and plenty of milk sugar, Chocolate Milk Stout starts off sweet and finishes off a bit boozy. The barrel gaining doesn’t stop there. Black Rye IPA is aged in smoke bourbon barrels, while centennial hops provide aromas of flowers and citrus and rye malt gives a subtle spice and caramel flavor to the brew. The brewery is also planning the release of a Pumpkin Butternut Squash Sour Saison this fall.
This fall brings the return of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Red & White, an oak-aged Belgian-style white ale fermented with Pinot Noir juice. The idea for this beer was born at a beer and wine dinner founder Sam Calagione was attending on the West Coast. The brewery is also bringing back Pennsylvania Tuxedo, a pale ale brewed with Pennsylvania spruce tips, in collaboration with outdoor clothing company Woolrich. This beer has a bit of a grassy, citrus side that works with the conifer notes from the spruce tips (picked in the forests of north central Pennsylvania and local Georgetown, Delaware). Meanwhile, scrapple lovers rejoice. Dogfish Beer for Breakfast, a stout brewed with Guatemalan Antigua cold pressed coffee, maple syrup from Western Massachusetts and Rapa Scrapple, is making another appearance this fall. Talk about breakfast in a glass. After being on hiatus last year, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout is back this year as well. An ageable ale, World Wide Stout is dark, rich and roasty, exactly how you want to feel through the cooler fall months. In addition to great brews Dogfish will begin canning several of their beers this fall when they get their canning line up and running.
Try Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company’s seasonal Spiced Harvest Ale and Octoberfest before the release of Baltic Porter this fall. Spiced Harvest Ale throws off flavors of cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and pumpkin in this amber lager. A traditional Marzen, the brewery’s Octoberfest is brewed with eight types of German malts and three hop varieties, transitioning to a smooth caramel note among the crisp bitterness of the beer. Licorice, toffee and chocolate notes all lend to the balance of the Fordham and Dominion’s full bodied Baltic Porter. It has one more beer coming out for the fall season, but its top secret. It should be fun hearing what the beer is!
Frozen Toes Brewing at Pizza by Elizabeth is really embracing the fall beer season. It is brewing Butternut Squash Ale, roasting the squash in-house. With a blend of four malts and three separate hops, the pretty caramel color of this brew is quite fall appropriate. Frozen Toes is also brewing Get Down Brown, a lighter drinking brown ale with hints of chocolate and notes of caramel, biscuit and a little bit of coffee. A favorite of the brewers, Fear of a Bock Planet, is named after their love old school music. Smooth and crisp, the subtle flavors are a nice transition into the fall season. Frozen Toes Brewing has something for the sour beer lovers as well. Originally released in 2015, Yuzu Gose is brewed with sea salt and juice from the Japanese Yuzu Fruit causing sweet, salty, tart and savory flavors at once.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Newark is taking the pumpkin beers to a pretty high limit. It will have eight different fall seasonal beers on tap including: Pumpkin Ale, Charlie Pumpkin Brown, Cinderella’s Carriage, Witching Hour IPA, Chai Pumpkin Porter, Pumpkin Weiss, Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Jack Skellington.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Wilmington is keeping up with its sister location, also releasing 8 different fall seasonal beers: Pumpkin Ale, Belgian Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Stout, Pumpkin Weiss, Charlie Pumpkin Brown Ale, Witching Hour IPA, Maple Bacon Porter and Grandpa’s Apple Pie Ale. Both Iron Hill Newark and Wilmington are also releasing Oktoberfest, their traditional German festival beer, both on tap and in cans this fall.
On opening night, one of the first beers Mispillion River Brewing Co. had on tap was Miss Betty, and she’s making an appearance again this fall. The brewery uses locally grown sweet potatoes to brew this tasty spiced ale infused with vanilla beans, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and clove.
Stewart’s Brewing Company is getting into the fall spirit. They are tapping a giant pumpkin and filling it with Mischief Night Pumpkin Ale on Mischief Night, just in time for the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys game that night. In addition to Mischief Night Pumpkin Ale the brewery is tapping its Hefeweizen, a Bavarian-style unfiltered wheat beer; Oktoberfest, its traditional Bavarian-style amber lager – and two-time Great American Beer Festival medal winner – that shows off being malty and smooth due to a full month of cold-conditioning. Stewart’s is also releasing its German-style Kolsh, Wind Blown Blonde, a classic beer from Cologne (and World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival medal winner). Big Bear Amber Ale, a hearty English-style amber, is making a return this fall as well. You’ll sip on Wind Blown Blonde, Oktoberfest and Mischief Night Pumpkin Ale at Stewart’s Beer Dinner on October 17.
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