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A Bounty of Thanksgiving Brews
Posted on April 20, 2019 by in Beer & Cider

The holidays are almost here! From pumpkin ales and smooth porters to hearty stouts, fall brings rich flavors, caramel-tinged sweetness and spicy notes to the table.

It wouldn’t be tailgate season without the best fall beers from your favorite craft brewers. Plus, celebrate Thanksgiving with our huge selection of full-bodied European classics. Nothing brings family and friends together like seasonal brews full of malty goodness.

10 Fall Beers You Need In Your Fridge

1. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

This brown ale is brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. A fall classic since 1995, the special packaging is part of the Off-Centered art series. Stock up while it’s still on our shelves. This popular craft brew usually sells out by Thanksgiving! ABV: 7.0%, IBU: 28

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2. Elysian Space Dust IPA

With dry hopping that brims with starglow energy, this light to medium IPA brings together a bold mix of flavors. Using Chinook to bitter with additions of Citra and Amarillo, this big bang brew packs a cosmic punch.ABV: 8.2%, IBU: 73

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Lindemans Framboise Lambic

Tart and sweet with a frothy dark pink head, this Belgian lambic beer recalls a sophisticated sparkling cider. The added raspberry filtrate has a cotton candy-like nose and slightly sour finish. Pairs well with starters or served as an aperitif.ABV: 2.5%, IBU: 12

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Stone Brewing Xocoveza Mocha Stout

Whether Turkey Day or any day, you’ll warm to this Mexican hot chocolate–inspired stout from San Diego. Cocoa and cinnamon are up front, followed by notes of coffee, vanilla and nutmeg with a spicy hint of pasilla peppers. ABV: 8.1% IBU: 50

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Chimay Grand Reserve

Brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, this strong dark brown Belgian ale delivers citrus, caramel and spice. Aged up to five years in the confines of this secret order, the innate malty richness gives way to a dry finish. So crafty, those monks. ABV: 9.9% IBU: 35

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Lagunitas Brown Shugga’

Created by accident when brown sugar was added to cultured yeast, this limited release barley wine style ale is somewhat sweet—but not like candy. Think more molasses and cinnamon with echoes of rum. Just the thing to wash down that slice of pumpkin pie.ABV: 10% IBU: 51

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New Belgium Spicy Atomic Pumpkin

Spice things up with New Belgium’s special release of Voodoo Ranger Spicy Atomic Pumpkin. The hearty malts bring the heat with a bite of Saigon cinnamon and habañero peppers, resulting in a warming mouthfeel. Enjoy a perfect balance of spicy and sweet.ABV: 6.4% IBU: 10

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Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

A Like autumn itself, this hard cider is the perfect balance of fruit and acidity from a bushel full of traditional cider-specific apples. With a sweet taste, subtle dryness and slightly lingering mouthfeel, knock back this refreshing cider after the post-feast football game. ABV: 5% IBU: 10

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21st Amendement Fireside Chat

This deep-ruby brown English-style ale gets its heft from de-bittered black malts rounded out with a few cocoa nibs and spice. The six-pack cans with artist illustrations depicting FDR’s Depression-era radio chat are worth the price of admission alone.
ABV: 7.9% IBU: 45

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Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin

Awaken your palate with this coffee-infused oatmeal stout—brewed with the Colombia La Granadilla blend from HoneyCo Coffee Roasters. Featuring Tettnanger hops and Bries Roast Barley malt, plus the shade of chocolate and milk sugar, this brew is as nourishing as breakfast. Almost.
ABV: 5.5% IBU:23

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