Pumpkin Ales & Spiced Brews: Fall Beers in the Mitten

By: Amber Ogden | September 9, 2015

Everyone has a favorite type of beer, and mine hit the shelves during the fall. Seasonal fall beers are full of pumpkin and spice, and the shift from summer’s light and citrusy flavors is as welcoming as the crisp autumn air.

If you’re looking for a new seasonal fall craft beer to try that’s brewed in the Mitten, head to one of the following local breweries, or look for a six pack to whet your whistle.

Liberty Street Brewing Company of Plymouth has brought back its Punkin’ Pie Ale, available now at the brewery. Thanks to their new Livonia plant, which is increasing production, you’ll soon be able to buy this by the bottle in stores all across Michigan!

New Holland Brewing in Holland brews Ichabod Pumpkin Ale with real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It pairs great with roasted poultry, root vegetables or dessert.

Griffin Claw Brewing Company, located in Birmingham, wins for most unique packaging, with its glow-in-the-dark can of Screamin’ Pumpkin Ale. The beer itself is “like a slice of warm pie,” with clove, cinnamon, pumpkin and molasses.

Atwater Brewery of Detroit has released a fall beer that will leave girls quaking in their Ugg boots: Pumpkin Spice Latte. I know, I just can’t even, either. But really, give this one a try as it’s been getting rave reviews since the release party in late August.

Bell’s Brewery in Galesburg gives any of you pumpkin haters a break and instead offers Best Brown Ale, a toasty brown ale with notes of caramel and cocoa. You’ll find it on draft around town, and by the bottle or can at your local grocer.

Arcadia Ales of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek offers Jaw-Jacker as its fall seasonal, and despite the label, has no pumpkin in the recipe. Instead, it’s a spiced amber-wheat with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.

Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor releases Violin Monster for the fall, and at 9.5 percent ABV, it’s not for the faint of heart. A dark ale, it’s brewed with spices and a touch of brown sugar.

Whether you prefer pumpkin or just a hint of spice in your beer, be sure to try any (or all) of these Michigan brews throughout the fall season in Michigan. Cheers!