Fall is officially in full swing. This is the season where hefty imperial stouts and clean and crisp lagers dominate. As the weather starts to ebb towards winter you’ll need a good beer by your side. That means it’s time to drink some big beers with big flavors.
Below, we’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the best beers being released and hitting markets this October. Some of these are easier to find (with larger distribution); some you’ll have to travel for and do a bit of sleuthing to uncover. Either way, a good beer is always worth the trouble! Happy hunting!
MOTHER OF DRAGONS — BREWERY OMMEGANG
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*clink* Mother of Dragons launches at the brewery and nationwide this Friday. The third of four special beers in the @gameofthrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection, Mother of Dragons is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and is brewed and blended for a leader who takes what is hers with fire and blood. The beer is a blend of a smoked porter and a Belgian kriek, representing the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents. For beer details and a list of states where the beer will be sold, visit our blog. #MotherOfDragonsBeer
Smoke and fire come together in Ommegang’s latest Game of Thrones collaboration. Mother of Dragons is a blend of smoked porter and Belgian kriek. It’s bold and brash and has some serious depth. The first note you get are sweet cherries covered in dark chocolate with a deeply roasted malt and echoes of smoke. Then there’s a rush of sour cherry, milk chocolate, and a svelte creaminess that gives way to an almost inexplicable dry finish. This a powerful beer with a depth that’s as engaging as it’s delicious.
BLOOD ORANGE SAISON — UPSLOPE BREWING COMPANY
Out in Boulder, Colorado, Upslope is releasing their super fun and funky Blood Orange Saison this month. The beer has a distinct yet mild yeast funk with a strong pink peppercorn spice and bright citrus aromatic burst. There’s a nice dry edge here, alongside very light hints of malt sweetness.
It’s a complex beer that screams out for a funky cheese pairing with some fatty roast duck. Comforting fall feels all the way.