The transition to fall brings an abundance of change including our sudden craving for heartier, bigger-boned beverages.
In the beer world, that means Stouts, Browns, and Porters. The darker malts produce a more rich, flavorful beer that warms the heart and soul; perfect for the dinner table, comfy chair, fire pit...you get the idea.
There are plenty of wines that could be considered ‘fall-friendly’, too; Bordeaux Blanc, Sémillon, Grenache, and Zinfandel are fantastic examples. They have just enough depth to take the chill off a crisp, fall day.
So, grab your favorite fleece blankies and scarves – here are a few of our favorite 'go-to' beverages for fall. Enjoy!
Maine Craft Beers for the Fall
Stout: A strong, dark beer brewed with roasted malt or barley
AUSTIN STREET SIX GRAIN, BANDED NORWEALD, FORE RIVER JOHN HENRY
Brown: Roasted malt, caramel & chocolate flavors
FOUNDATION BURNSIDE BROWN, BUNKER BROWN
Porter: Malty with flavors of bittersweet chocolate, caramel or toffee
NONESUCH IKAWA PORTER, WOODLAND FARMS BIG 'EFFIN PORTER
Perfectly Paired Fall Whites
Bordeaux Blanc: A dense white with great acidity; very food-friendly
PIERRE ANGULAIRE BORDEAUX BLANC
Sémillon: A lush, mouthful of a white, balanced by a lively zip
GRAVILLE-LACOS GRAVES BLANC; ROBERTO HENRIQUEZ RIVERA DEL NOTRO BLANCO
Viognier: A richness like a Chardonnay; think golden apple and cream
ALBAN VINEYARDS VIOGNIER
Perfectly Paired Fall Reds
Grenache: Lighter in color and full of fruity flavors, but also high in alcohol and body
CELLER COMUNICA VI DEL MAS
Zinfandel: Jammy fruits, smoke, cinnamon, chocolate and a higher ABV. Not as sweet as you might think. What more would you want in fall?
OMEN ORIGINS ZINFANDEL
Cab Franc: Cool-climate grapes can produce notes of bell pepper, chili pepper, and peppercorns
NICOLAS REAU ANJOU ROUGE CAB FRANC