Craft beer seasonality isn’t quite the phenomenon here in San Diego as it is in other places. Who really wants a pumpkin beer when its still 80-degrees outside (yes, pumpkin beers are already available at the end of August and will likely be sold out locally before Halloween). That being said, here is a quick list of new and “fall” seasonal craft beer releases you can find now at your favorite local bottleshop:
Avery Brewing 5 Monks
No. 22 in it’s Barrel-Aged Series, 5 Monks, a 19.4% ABV Bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style quintupel ale. 5 Monks is one of six beers over 15% ALC/VOL that Avery will release in the next several months: Rumpkin rum barrel-aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale, The Beast Grand Cru, and Mephistopheles’ Stout, plus two beers that will be packaged and released for the first time ever: Pump[KY]n Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter and Tweak Bourbon barrel-aged Espresso Stout.
Tasting notes: This beer is as boozy as the ABV might suggest, a great warmer beer and if you’ve had any of their other big releases, this trumps them all. Would pair amazingly with a cheesecake and a cigar.
Avery Brewing Kaiser
22 oz $8+
The third installment in our Dictator Series, Kaiser is an Oktoberfest lager on steroids. Deep copper color, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops.
Stone Brewing Enjoy By 9/20
22 oz $5+
Only released in Cali, Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina this round, Enjoy By remains devastatingly dank, aromatic, hoppy and damn good! If you cant get your hands on this smaller batch, rumor has it there will be another iteration of Enjoy By in the near future.
Alesmith Brewing Decadence 2014
AleSmith Decadence 2014 is an interpretation of a Wheat Wine Style Ale. The generous amounts of wheat used in this beer impart a bready aroma with hints of honey, ripe fruit, and a spicy graininess. In the finish, a pleasant malty sweetness from the wheat is balanced by the addition of German and American hops. This is the 10th edition of the Decadence series.
Coronado Brewing 18th Anniversary Ale
22 oz $7+
Part of the brewer’s Crown Series, the 18th Anniversary Ale is a double IPA with a spicy tropical flavor balanced by clean breadiness in the finish. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Nugget hops are showcased.
Tasting Notes: Coronado is doing great things in their brewhouse, solidified by winning big time awards at WBC for their Islander IPA and Scallywag, as well as mid-size brewery champion. The 18th does not disappoint, with huge flavor, balanced well with the malt backbone making it one of the more well-rounded 10% beers you’ll ever find.