Jackie Dodd / TheBeeroness.com

Of all the seasons, fall offers the tastiest selection of seasonal brews. The beers are boozier; the flavors are warmer; fresh hops magically come and go. And of course, fall ushers in the return of that big orange squash that seems to be the object of many obsessions....

So break out your finest flannel, polish your best drinking vessels, and dive into the fantastic flavors of fall with the beers in this imaginary six-pack.

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Pumpkin Beer

Let’s get this out of the way, shall we? Love it or hate it (few are indifferent to this divisive flavor), pumpkin will always be synonymous with fall. But good news for the haters: although the number of pumpkin beer offerings has risen in the past few years, overall sales within the category has fallen. So if you do love yourself some p-spice (and that includes us, despite our feigned protest), you'd better stock up now.
Recommended beers: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Brewing Co. Pumking, Elysian Brewing Co. Punkuccino

Gingerbread Beer

Drinkable gingerbread is even better than you can imagine. (And we had already imagined it being pretty awesome). The distinct flavors that you’re used to consuming in the form of voodoo doll-shaped cookies are the perfect way to drink in fall. Mmm, tastes like grandma’s house!
Recommended beers: Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Gingerbread Stout, Bison Brewing Gingerbread Ale, Golden Road Brewing Back Home Gingerbread Stout

Maple Beer

It’s impossible to hear the word “maple” without imagining tree-tapping Northerners, flannel shirts, plaid hats, and that burly guy on the paper towel packaging. It’s also impossible to drink one of these beers without falling in love with the style and the season it embodies.
Recommended beers: The Bruery Autumn Maple, Funky Buddha Brewery Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Beer for Breakfast

Eggnog Beer

Not only can you drink beer brewed with eggnog -- you can make eggnog using beer brewed with eggnog. It may create some sort of Inception-like time paradox black hole, but it’ll be worth it! (Just try not to destroy the universe when you do?)
Recommended beers: Puyallup Brewing Co. Imperial Eggnog Mud Mountain Milk Stout, Springhouse Brewing Co. The Martians Kidnaped Santa!, Black Hops Eggnog Stout

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Fresh Hop Beer

For those dedicated to all things craft beer, nothing is more exciting about the fall than fresh hops. Harvested from August through September, and traditionally dried for storage and use throughout the rest of the year, brewers have a short window of time in which they can use hops fresh off the bine, still chock full of flavorful lupulin oil. Factor in brewing and packaging time, and these fresh hop beers arrive just as fall is in full swing. Get ‘em while they’re hot (err...cold tastes better) because fresh hop beers don’t last much past the end of the season. And once they disappear from taprooms and bottle shops, you’ll have to wait until next fall for more.
Recommended beers: Fremont Brewing Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale, Deschutes Brewery Chasin’ Freshies, Sixpoint Brewery Sensi

Pecan Beer

Pecan beer or liquid pecan pie? It’s your call -- but to us, it’s just a fantastic way to fill your pint glass. Pecan pie beer is also a great reminder that fall gives us more excuses to eat pie and drink beer.
Recommended beers: (512) Brewing Co. Pecan Porter, Clown Shoes Beer Pecan Pie Porter, High Water Brewing Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie


Note: Elysian Brewing Co. and Golden Road Brewing are members of The High End, owned by Anheuser-Busch.