Of all the seasonal beers, there is no doubt that fall has the best lineup. With malty Oktoberfests and spicy pumpkin ales, nothing pairs better with the crisp autumn air. Lucky for Rochesterians, we have some fantastic local brewers that pump out delicious ales and lagers for the fall season. Below are the five you need to try!
Lock 32 – Eerie Canal
10 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534
lock32brew.com – (585) 506-7738
Lock 32 wins for most creative beer name with their spicy and dark colored Eerie Canal Pumpkin Ale. This brew brings a 6.8% ABV and a ‘pumpkin pie aroma,’ that is perfect for the cooler weather. Grab one and drink it with the a fantastic view of Erie Canal.
Best Day to Visit: Tuesday for Trivia or Wednesday for $10 growler fills.
Three Heads – Oktoberfest
186 Atlantic Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
threeheadsbrewing.com – (585) 244-1224
With their new brewery in full swing, Three Heads is also bringing a delicious Oktoberfest to its legion of fans. The beer has a light amber hue, sweet caramel aromas and an ABV of 6.1%. Their huge patio is the perfect setting to have this beer on a cool fall day.
Best Day to Visit: Check their Facebook page for live music events.
Lost Borough – Pumpkin Ale
543 Atlantic Ave, Rochester, NY 14609
lostboroughbrewing.com – (585) 471-8122
If you are looking for the most authentic pumpkin ale, Lost Borough is your spot. Most ales are made with pumpkin additives, but they use real pumpkins that are roasted on site. This robust pumpkin taste, plus the addition of ginger and cinnamon, brings this 6% ABV fall ale to another level of flavor.
Best Day: Friday for $1 off pints, tastings, and growler fills from 4 -6 pm.
Rohrbach’s – Oktoberfest
97 Railroad St, Rochester, NY 14609
rohrbachs.com – (585) 546-8020
With over 25 years in the brewing game, Rohrbachs is a seasoned veteran with an Oktoberfest that has been perfected over time. This German-style lager uses Vienna and Munich malts, mixed with German noble hops for a full flavor beer. It is also a little lighter alcohol with 5.9% ABV. And for the first time, they will be packaging it in snazzy 16oz cans this season.
Best Day to Visit: Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm-6pm and Friday from 2pm to 6pm for a $10 deal on a pepperoni wood-fired pizza and pint of beer.
Roc Brewing – Flying Pumpkin
56 S Union St, Rochester, NY 14607
rocbrewingco.com – (585) 794-9798
If you are looking for a twist on the traditional pumpkin ale, Flying Pumpkin is your beer. Their take on this autumn treat brings a porter taste and the perfect mix of pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. The beer also packs a hefty 7.4% ABV and a light IBU of 24.
Best Day to Visit: Tuesday for $1 off beer flights or Wednesday for trivia night.