Fall Back into Your Favorite Michigan Brew this Season

By: Michael Fossbakk | September 9, 2019

Ichabod pumpkin ale from New Holland Brewing. Photo courtesy of New Holland Brewing.

Now that we are into September, the kids are back in school and the weather is cooling down, Michiganders have a few things on their mind: cider mills, pumpkin patches, Halloween costumes, haunted houses and maybe their favorite fall brew. With so many wonderful breweries in Michigan, you’re bound to find one that suits your fancy this time of year.

Atwater Brewery


Pumpkin Spice Latte beer from Atwater Brewery. Photo courtesy of Atwater Brewery.

This Detroit-based brewery is ringing in the fall season with two brews that are ripe for the season. Bloktoberfest is a German-style Märzen with a deep amber color. It’s nutty in flavor, slightly sweet and has a hoppy finish. Embracing the flavors of our time, Atwater also has a Pumpkin Spice Latte beer that is made with Munich Dark malt for a walnut flavor, honey malt and Melanoidin malt. All of this combines to form a brew that is sweet with just a hint of bitterness courtesy of coffee extracts.

Arcadia Brewing Company

Known as Jaw-Jacker, this spiced amber ale comes straight from Kalamazoo and features cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, and caramel and crystal malt. It has an orange-amber color to it, but make no mistake that there is no pumpkin in this brew. It’s smooth and drinkable and is a perfect complement to a cool fall evening outside by a fire.

New Holland Brewing

Located on the west side of Michigan, New Holland Brewing’s flagship seasonal fall beer, Ichabod, became available in August for a limited time. This pumpkin ale is made from malted barley, real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fans look forward to its release as it signals the beginning of cooler temps, haunted houses, cider mills and more. 

Roak Brewing Co.

Watusi Moonshot caramel apple sour ale from Roak Brewing Co. Photo courtesy of Roak Brewing Co.

After its release party in August, Roak Brewing’s caramel apple sour ale went on sale to the masses. Dubbed Watusi Moonshoot and replicating the flavor of a caramel apple cider mill treat, this 5.0% ABV ale is both sweet and tart. Four-packs of 16 oz. cans are available for $11.99 at Roak Brewing in Royal Oak. Stop in for a pack and stay for live music!

Dragonmead Microbrewery

This Warren-based microbrewery is home to fan-favorites like the Trippel ale Final Absolution. However, they also make their own take on the German-style lager called Oktoberfest Märzen. It goes on sale in mid-September and is made with imported German Vienna and Munich malts and German Hallertauer hops. It has a big malt flavor that is slightly sweet.

Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.