From märzens to a banana split stout – your guide to local fall beer releases

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Brewery 85's Fall for Greenville "Festy" Festbier is exclusively available at Fall for Greenville, Oct. 13–15. Photo by Will Crooks

Temperatures in the Upstate haven’t yet caught up with the calendar’s recent flip to fall, but that isn’t delaying the rollout of autumnal releases across the food and bev world.  

And that applies to beer, too. While few things can beat a thirst-quenching cold one on a scorching summer day, the fall months have become a highly anticipated time of year for seasonal beer releases.

And that doesn’t only apply to enthusiasts of the now-ubiquitous pumpkin flavor — although there’s certainly plenty of that to go around. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, and maple are just a handful of the flavor components found in fall brews.

The Greenville Journal recently asked some local craft brewery folks to give us the details on their current and upcoming seasonal releases. Cheers!

 

Brewery 85, 6 Whitlee Court

Will McCameron, head of the board of directors (“HOTBOD”)

Fall for Greenville “Festy” Festbier, Pale Ale, 5% ABV

Appearance: Bright amber to copper, capped with stark white foam

Smell: Mellow malt and hop accents

Taste: Notes of spice and sliced fruit on the front end

Mouthfeel: Drinks with a medium body and finishes dry

Availability: Exclusively at Fall for Greenville (Oct. 13–15) on Main Street

Other: Festy Festbier was introduced last year to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Fall for Greenville. “[It’s] a beer worth raising in celebration of the City of Greenville,” McCameron says.

Brewery 85’s Fall for Greenville “Festy” Festbier // Will Crooks

Leon’s Lederhosen, Märzen, 6.4% ABV

Appearance: Deep orange

Smell: Sweet spice and bready malt

Taste: Brewed with traditional German malts and floral hops from the base of the Alps, Leon’s Lederhosen carries a malty and bready flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body with a clean finish, subtle dryness on the back due to an extended maturation period

Availability: Through December

Other: “My friend and I went to beer school together in Germany, and his real name is Leon Taylor Lamm, but he goes by Taylor. Once we found out what his real name was, we decided to name this beer after him,” McCameron says. “We brew a lot of German styles anyway, so the Märzen was a natural fit for us.”

 

Quest Brewing Co., 55 Airview Drive

Don Richardson, brewmaster 

Saluda, Double IPA, 8.5% ABV

Appearance: Light golden

Smell: Lots of hops aromatics and floral notes from Eldorado and Mosaic hops

Taste: Malt forward, with a balanced hop finish and slight bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light but well rounded

Availability: Currently available on draught at Quest’s tasting room and through select accounts

 

Thomas Creek Brewery, 2054 Piedmont Highway

Tim Smith, marketing analyst, and Jared Tuttle, brewer

Octoberfest, Amber Lager, 6.5% ABV

Appearance: Clear caramel color with low carbonation

Smell: Malty notes, low aroma

Taste: A classic Oktoberfest brew with caramel notes and a crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish

Availability: Through Oct. 31

 

Pumpkin Ale, 7.3% ABV

Appearance: A clear copper color with a small off-white head

Smell: Cinnamon with light notes of clove and allspice

Taste: Pumpkin with notes of cinnamon. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation. Covers the tongue and is slightly chewy at the end.

Availability: Through Nov. 31

 

Banana Split Chocolate Stout, Chocolate/Belgian Stout, 7.5% ABV

Appearance: Dark in color with a dark caramel head

Smell: Chocolate and toffee on the nose

Taste: Stout with caramel, toffee, and roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth with distinct banana overtones

Availability: Oct. 15, 2017­–Jan. 1, 2018

 

Conduplico Immundus Monachus, Belgian-Style Imperial Porter, 10% ABV

Appearance: Deep black/charcoal

Smell: Caramel, chocolate

Taste: Distinct roast character, notes of caramel and chocolate malts, some tartness

Mouthfeel: Rich, dry

Availability: Nov. 15, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018

 

Birds Fly South Ale Project, 1320 Hampton Ave.

Ames Webb, community/brand manager

Where the Night Goes, Kentucky Common, 5.5% ABV 

Appearance: Dark brown, ruby tones

Smell: Fresh grass, cherries, and wood

Taste: Plums dancing with cherry tartness up front, roast hop bitterness to finish

Mouthfeel: Porter-like, some weight but still crisp

Availability: Once-a-year release

Other: Cognac foeder fermented, brewed with fresh Cascadian hops

Birds Fly South Ale Project’s Where the Night Goes // Will Crooks

 

The Shag, Japanese-style Rice Lager, 4.3% ABV

Appearance: Pale gold

Smell: Fresh, clean, and bright

Taste: Simpler, drier, and soft notes round out flavor

Mouthfeel: Light, very crisp

Availability: Will be released the week of Oct. 16

Other: Birds Fly South’s first ever Japanese-style rice lager brew

 

Rhubarb Gose, Sour Ale, 4.5% ABV

Appearance: Golden

Smell: Rhubarb and candy tartness

Taste: Salt and clean sour, with rhubarb on finish

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean

Availability: Seasonal through fall months

Be on the lookout for other BFS brews this season. “We will release lots of others, too. We’re an ale project, so we’re always experimenting,” Webb says.

Birds Fly South Ale Project’s Rhubard Gose // Will Crooks

13 Stripes Brewery, 250 Mill St.

Michael Robinson, co-founder and brewer

Oktoberfest Lager, 5.2% ABV

Appearance: A clear, light amber

Smell: Rich malt and slightly toasty

Taste: Crisp and malty/bread flavor with a slight bit of sweetness upfront and a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth

Availability: Fall months

 

Vienna Lager, 5% ABV

Appearance: Dark copper

Smell: Rich malt

Taste: Crisp and malty, with a little more of a toasted bread profile than the Oktoberfest

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Availability: Fall months

 

Hefeweizen, 4.5% ABV

Appearance: Pale hazy straw color

Smell: Aroma of wheat with slight amount of fruit, predominantly banana

Taste: Crisp banana bread and suspended yeast brings more complex fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied, slightly creamy; more carbonated than average ales

Availability: Fall months

Other: This is a collaboration with Spartanburg’s Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery.

 

Roggenbier, 5.6% ABV

Appearance: Hazy dark reddish brown

Smell: Spicy rye and banana/fruit aroma

Taste: Crisp spiced rye and banana bread flavor

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied

Availability: Fall months

Other: “A Roggenbier is a rye beer fermented with the classic German Hefeweizen yeast,” Robinson says.

 

Barrel Aged Red Rye (Belgian Dubbel), 8.9% ABV

Appearance: Dark red

Smell: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, spice, and Belgian yeast

Taste: Spicy rye blended with malt, Belgian yeast, bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy

Availability: Fall months

Other info: “We brewed this beer as a traditional Belgian Dubbel but replaced 43 percent of the malt bill with rye. This barrel-aged version spent two months in Six & Twenty Distillery’s 5-Grain Bourbon, Old Money Wheat Whiskey, and Oatmeal Whiskey barrels. It went from 8 percent to 8.9 percent ABV during that time,” Robinson says.

 

Looking for More Fall Finds?

Stop by some of these local craft beer spots and see what’s available.

Community Tap | 217 Wade Hampton Blvd.

Grateful Brew | 501 S. Pleasantburg Drive

Greenville Beer Exchange | 7 S. Laurens St.

Growler Haus Village of West Greenville | 12 Lois Ave.

Pour Taproom | 7 Falls Park Drive

Southern Growl | 6 S. Buncombe Road, Greer

Upstate Craft Beer Co. | 400 Augusta St.

What’s on Tap | 2131 Woodruff Road

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