As the leaves begin to fall, we look forward to our favorite season of mild temperatures, pumpkins, and a new palette of color on every tree here in Virginia Beach. But, most of all, we’re looking forward to the seasonal flavors, and there’s no better way to experience the flavors of fall than by diving into a locally-brewed pint. Here are seven beers, brewed right here in Virginia Beach, that we’ll be drinking to celebrate this autumn season.
Witch of Pungo Pumpkin Beer
Named after the local legend of Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Pungo pumpkin beer is a local fall staple. Using local pumpkins harvested from Back Bay’s Sister location, Farmhouse Brewery, this seasonal brew pours golden orange, and is light to medium bodied. It’s fall in a glass.
MAHI Vanilla Milk Stout
This roasty-toasty milk stout exudes roasted malt and chocolate on the nose, and carries these flavors in each sip, as well as notes of vanilla and a hint of coffee. This dark beer is a slow sipper that improves as it approaches room temperature. It will warm you up on a cool fall evening.
For those who live and breathe IPAs, the new Kiowa IPA from YVBC is one of our favorites to drink this season. The American-style IPA carries notes of citrus and pine through each sip and makes for a crisp, easy to drink pint. Try it at Young Veteran’s, or at their new Bunker Brewpub & Cadence Hall, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
This Dunkelweizen Doppelbock is one of our favorite dark Oktoberfest-style beers to drink this season. The German wheat and bock hybrid pours a dark coffee color and carries malty and toasted notes through the nose and the taste. While it might not include the traditional spices or pumpkin of other seasonal brews, this beer is all fall.
Munich Dunkel Lager
This German-style Dunkel hits heavy with the warming aromas of fresh baked bread and dry, earthy hops. The dry hoppy bitterness pairs perfectly with the nutty sweetness in this medium body beer, which finishes light and crisp.
Commonwealth’s take on an Oktoberfest bier is one of the easiest to drink fall brews on this list. Pouring a clean orange color, it contains mild herbal notes and is light and crisp going down. Order a stein or two and drink this staple in style all season long.
Oatmeal Raisin Stout
The name alone had us rushing to grab this beer to kick off the fall season. With a roasted nose, and a creamy, sweet taste all the way through, with a hint of raisin, this Oatmeal stout is like our favorite cookie in a glass and is surprisingly light for a bold stout. Grab one on a nice fall day at the Farmhouse, and enjoy it out on the lawn, fireside.