These 10 Local Fall Beers Will Get Your Tastebuds Ready for Autumn

Put on a sweater and grab a glass

As summer fades away, we start seeking out the rich, malty flavors of fall beer. Even if the recent overcast days haven’t cooled off that much, we’re willing to sidle up to a bar and pretend. From versions with pumpkin, yams, and nutmeg, to more subtle takes on seasonal flavors, these locally made brews are the liquid equivalents of your favorite cozy sweater—but they won’t make you sweat.


Arts District Brewing – Gesamtkunstwerk


When you think of fall beer, Oktoberfest might be what comes to mind. Arts District Brewing has crafted its own take on the classic Oktoberfest märzen lager, with an amber color and subtle flavors of toffee and bread. Arts District Brewing, 828 Traction Ave., downtown.


Dry River Brewing – Jaguarundi


Dry River, one of the region’s most creative breweries, has several perfectly seasonal beers on tap at its tasting room right now. Among them is Jaguarundi, a dark steinbier. Dry River’s brewers add a dozen different spices and concentrated cold brew coffee from Michoacán, Mexico’s El Café. Dry River Brewing, 671 S. Anderson St., Boyle Heights.


San Fernando Brewing Company – Pumpkin Pi

 

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The (pumpkin) spice must flow. A single whiff of the stuff instantly puts you into the fall mindset. Give into your basic urges with this pumpkin space latte-inspired ale. San Fernando Brewing Company, 425 Park Ave., San Fernando.


Brewyard Beer Company – Mahogany 


Brewyard starts with a batch of its Uptown Dunk dunkelwizen, and turns up the volume for this special version. Actual mahogany goes into the brew to infuse it with rich, woody flavor, and you’ll get notes of dark fruit, warm spice, and chocolate. Brewyard Beer Company, 906 Western Ave., Glendale.


Ten Mile Brewing – The Barley

 

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Heavy and flavorful (and boozy), barleywine is one of the loveliest styles to enjoy when the weather turns cold. Few local breweries produce a version, though, so we’re thankful for Ten Mile’s version. With the malty, caramelly richness in this fall beer, all you’ll need is a fireplace to curl up beside. Ten Mile Brewing, 1136 E. Willow St., Long Beach.


Verdugo West Brewing – What Plane?


This oatmeal stout is inspired by the cozy, autumn tradition of making s’mores over a campfire. Expect strong oat and baking chocolate flavors, with a bit of roasty espresso in the mix as well. Verdugo West Brewing, 156 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank.


Angel City Brewery – Number of the Yeast 


Number of the Yeast is a dark ale brewed with black malts, fermented at 66.6 degrees, carrying an ABV of 6.66 percent, and a bitterness unit ranking of (wait for it…) 66.6. To up the Halloween quotient even more, the cans carry spooky art from L.A. artist Parker Winans. Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda St., Arts District. 


Homage Brewing – Melange des Chenes 

 

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Make plans to be at Homage Brewing’s stylish storefront on September 8, when it releases its limited-edition fall beer, Melange des Chenes. Available only in large-format bottles to take home, the beer is a blend of saisons aged in three different French oak barrels. Verdugo West Brewing, 156 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank.


Brouwerij West – Cold Rain

 

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Los Angeles may not get that much cold rain, but we can pretend. This lower-ABV saison is perfect for those who prefer their beers on the hoppy side, using citra and centennial hops. Brouwerij West, 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro.


The Bruery – Autumn Maple

 

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Pre-dating the current spike in craft breweries around L.A., The Bruery, down in Orange County, is still producing some of the region’s tastiest bottles. Among them, the annual Autumn Maple which debuts each fall with an anticipation usually reserved for the first #PSL drop. A Belgian-style brown, brewed with molasses, maple, baking spices, and yams, it’s fall in a glass. (In case you don’t have it in you to make the trek to the tasting room, bottles will be available at L.A. retailers.) The Bruery, 717 Dunn Way, Placentia.


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