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Oct 23/13

5 Seasonal Southern Beers We Would Marry Posted by: Dan | 0 Comments

This month, I headed to apple country in search of cider. While I drank a good deal of it (mostly spiked with all glorious forms of liquor), I managed to break from the sweet stuff every now and then and admire a slice of the East Coast’s craft beer scene. While I didn’t find any winter-weather brews that utilized apples — let me know if you find one! — I did bump into some fall flavors and promised my hand in marriage to a coffee stout. Is human-beer marriage legal in Virginia? I mean, Virginia supposedly is for lovers, right?



Tell Tale Heart IPA by B.M. Beer Works (Baltimore, Maryland):
This IPA is as deranged as the narrator in its namesake literature, but the combination of bitter and floral flavors works well. It’s bitter enough to register a 50 on the IBU (International Bitterness Unit scale), but the bitterness stops just short of making your lips purse. Four hop varieties lend a heavy floral aroma. It’s an interesting balance I could go mad — or just drunk — pondering. Recommended for helping you set aside inhibitions when planning your gruesome Halloween costume. Photo courtesy of Lost in the Beer Aisle.

Vienna Lager by Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland, Virginia):
My apologies in advance for the prolific tasting terminology. This award-winning lager is malty and a little bready, with a definite toastiness and a pinch of hoppiness from noble hops. Substantial carbonation adds to the beer’s overall crisp and refreshing nature. In layman terms: this beer is solid. Recommended for cooling off after raking a giant pile of leaves (and maybe jumping into them). Photo courtesy of imbibehour.



Pumpkin Fest by Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia):
Real pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and cloves give this German-style brew its heavenly pumpkin pie flavor. Plenty of malt give it substantial body, and a dash of hops balances it with a mild bitterness. Recommend for serving with a homemade pumpkin pie, because there is no such thing as too much pumpkin this time of year.



RhinO’fest Marzen by Lost Rhino Brewing Company (Ashburn, Virginia):
Three malts come together in this fall Oktoberfest lager, which is slightly sweet and caramel, but mostly nutty and bready. Its medium body and easy finish don’t overpower; rather, it’s somewhat light while having substantial taste and character. Recommended for sipping while you admire the first changing leaves and contemplate whether it’s really cool enough to call for a sweater (it probably isn’t). Photo courtesy of Lost Rhino.


Highland Brewing Company Black Mocha Stout

Black Mocha Stout by Highland Brewing Company (Asheville, North Carolina):
Now, about that stout … there is a special beer shelf in my heart reserved for Deschutes Brewery’s (Bend, Oregon) Obsidian Stout, and Highland’s Black Mocha Stout almost knocked it off the shelf. It at least sat down next to Obsidian and held its hand. Roasted barley grains create the smoky, dark cacao flavor. The body is heavily malty with a tinge of hops. The color is rich brown, nearly black. Let this beer warm up a little on the counter before you drink it, and you’ve got something more robust and sensational than hot cocoa on a cold day. Recommended for cold nights by a bonfire.


Willa Dean considers her arrangement at Bourbon & Boots a symbiotic relationship with readers. With each new brew she reviews, she gets closer to her goal of trying all the beers in the world, and readers have an easier time finding new favorites. Email her at



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