Now that fall is officially here, the beers of autumn are upon us. Locally, the temperatures are slightly lower, so it is in the 80s.We will get our two weeks of fall in late October or early November. The flavors of these beers are perfect with the hearty warming foods of the season. Stock up on your favorites as the more popular beers sell out. Locally, there are a few seasonal beers planned; regionally, there are many already on the shelves.
The Friday Night Craft Beer classes with Good Beer Larry continue every Friday night through December 7th. Mix and match the classes as you want. Come to a fun beer class with a tasting to start your Friday night. After class, students can take a 'field trip' to a local craft beer bar and enjoy the new beers they learned about in the class. I am also the head marketing person for the classes. Posters are up all over town! View the class poster I made for it.
The "Style of the Month" for October is Pumpkin Ale. A favorite fall seasonal beer, many craft breweries make one. Every brewer makes it differently. This ale can vary from a mild pumpkin and spice taste to a robust beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. They usually come out in September and last through late October. Pumpkin ales are great with Thanksgiving foods, so stash a few away for the occasion as they will be gone from the stores in early November.
I am introducing a new feature column this month; Brewery of the Month. The featured brewery will be one that I have visited and have written about on my review pages. This short feature will have a link to the full, longer article. Breweries are always fun to visit; try one on your next vacation! This month's brewery is Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.; I recently visited the original brewery in Chico Calif. and have been to the site of their new brewery in western NC. There aren't many people that have been to both in the same year.
The 2nd annual Grovetoberfest is October 13th in Peacock Park, Coconut Grove. The final free tasting leading up to the festival is at the Barracuda Bar in the Grove on October 2nd. It will feature fall seasonal beers and live music. See their Facebook page for more details.
The Treasure Coast Beer Festival is scheduled for Saturday October 27th. This is the third annual and my beer - loving friends who went last year call it "The best beer festival held in a parking garage!" It sounds like fun and is the perfect short weekend getaway to historic downtown Fort Pierce. See their website for all the details.
Don't forget to Drink Locally and support local breweries wherever you are.