The 10 best craft beers to find in September
September is one of the weirdest months of the year. School and football are back and he feels as if it were already autumn, but the weather can often be extremely hot. This means that we have one thong foot still planted in summer and the other firmly planted in all fall (Oktoberfest, pumpkin spice and light sweaters). This cognitive dissonance also affects the world of beer. You might want something super light, but pumpkin ales, Viennese lagers, amber ales, wet hop IPAs, harvest ales, and darker ales definitely come into play.
All in all, it’s a good month to be a beer drinker. Even if, in 2022, more months are great months to be a beer drinker.
Being spoiled with options isn’t always easy, though. Do you want to drink all the Oktoberfest-style craft beers available? Plunge into the scary and sometimes overly sweet world of pumpkin beers? Or do you want to stick with summer IPAs, lagers and lagers for another month?
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you on your September beer journey. We’ve compiled a list of ten of our favorite beers for September. Keep reading to see them all.
Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest
Average price: $10.99 for a six-pack
This annual release is Firestone Walker’s take on the classic Oktoberfest beer. The 2022 edition was aged in oak barrels from one of the most popular vineyards in Napa Valley, California. Brewed with Weyermann Vienna malt, Weyermann pilsner malt, German noble hops and Weihenstephan lager yeast. Definitely one to look forward to this month.
The nose is simple but inviting with aromas of oak wood, fruit esters and caramel malts. The palate follows suit with grassy, earthy and floral hop notes paired with biscuity malts, caramel and more oaky oak. The finish has the expected sweetness of an Oktoberfest beer with very little bitterness.
If you are a fan of cool Oktoberfest style beers and have tried other iterations of this beer, now is your chance. Aging in oak barrels gives it a unique and memorable flavor.
Sierra Nevada Liquid Hops
Average price: $10.99 for a six-pack
Sierra Nevada is known for its limited-edition seasonal beers. This is especially true with its APIs. That’s why we were excited to try its new release, Liquid Hoppiness. This juicy, piney IPA is brewed with pale and Munich 2-row malts as well as oats and wheat. It gets its fruity and resinous flavor from the addition of Azacca, Cascade, Centennial and Sultana hops.
The nose is all tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple, with a nice hint of caramel malts to tie it all together. The palate is juicy and ripe with notes of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, coconut, fresh cut grass and spicy herbal hops. The finish is slightly bitter and juicy.
This juicy IPA is bursting with tropical and citrus flavors. It’s a fruity, hoppy way to say goodbye to summer 2022.
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co. CAKE!
Average price: $14 for a four-pack of 16-ounce cans
Sometimes we’re a little hesitant to try new pumpkin-centric beers because there are so many generic beers on the market that are too sweet. ROOM ‘A’ CAKE! Is something different. Brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and pumpkin spice coffee cake, this 6% ABV fall beer is as close to canned as it gets and it’s not too sweet – a huge advantage.
One puff of this beer and you know it’s fall pumpkin spice beer. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Along with pumpkin spice, there are aromas of yellow cake, coffee, vanilla, and maybe cinnamon. The palate continues this trend with more vanilla, lots of pumpkin and a healthy dose of freshly brewed coffee.
If the goal was to create a beer that mimicked the taste of eating a piece of pumpkin cake with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, this beer certainly did it, an interesting and fresh take on the style of beer a la pumpkin.
Wild Leap West Coast ’22
Average price: $9.50 for a four-pack
Every fall, Wild Leap releases a new Coast West. The 2022 release is a 10% ABV double IPA that is brewed with fresh frozen Cryo hops. The result is a piney, resinous, and slightly bitter tribute to a West Coast classic that you’ll drink well into late fall.
On the nose, you’ll find classic West Coast IPA aromas like grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, grass and resinous pine. Sipping it reveals even more. Balanced notes of caramel-like malts, ripe grapefruit, candied pineapple and moist, floral and slightly spicy hops are prevalent. The finish is dry, slightly bitter and makes you want more.
If you’re like us, you keep drinking piney IPAs all year round, especially in September. At 10% alcohol, this one is full of flavor and contains enough alcohol to give you a pleasant warm feeling on an unusually chilly September night.
Left Hand Oktoberfest Marzen
Average price: $12 for a six-pack
No September beer list is complete without a few annual Oktoberfest beers. One of our favorites is this Märzen lager from the folks at Left Hand Brewing. It’s malty and loaded with cookie-like malts, but gets a vibrant kick from the use of Noble hops.
Classic aromas of freshly baked bread, sweet grains and fresh, floral and spicy hops greet your nose before your first sip. This is followed by even more cereals, caramel malts and floral and herbaceous hops on the palate. When it comes to crafting Oktoberfest-style beers, this one is hard to beat.
This Oktoberfest-style beer is a perfect balance of Noble floral hops, grains and sweet, caramelized malts. It is complex, yet easy to drink and perfect for the last days of summer.
Cyclone Hop Troegs
Average price: $15.50 for a four-pack of 16-ounce cans
You might think hazy IPAs are only for mid-summer. But every fall, Troegs releases Hop Cyclone, a can’t-miss misty, juicy seasonal beer brewed with Pilsner malt, Viennese malt and wheat. It gets its hoppy flavor from Citra, Sabro, Simcoe and Sultana hops.
The nose is a combination of pineapple, grapefruit and other tropical fruit flavors paired with dank, resinous, piney and slightly spicy hops. Drinking it reveals more ripe pineapple, tangerine, citrus zest, peach and wet pine. The finish is resinous and slightly bitter.
It’s a nice summer farewell for hopheads. It’s loaded with floral, spicy, and hopped flavors, but there are enough tropical fruit flavors to please those less hops-obsessed.
Sycamore Peak Farm IPA
Average price: $7.99 for a 16 ounce can
Sycamore Brewing released its Peak Farm IPA to celebrate National IPA Day in August. But, since the weather is still summery, it’s still an appropriate beer to bridge the gap between summer and fall. This 7.2% ABV IPA is known for its blend of bright citrus and spicy, floral and earthy hops.
Floral hops, citrus zest and caramel and bread malts dominate the nose. The palate is loaded with flavors of cookie-like malts, sweet caramel, earth, herbs, slightly bitter, pine hops and citrus zest. There is a nice balance between malts and hops which seems to be a good choice for September.
If there had ever been an IPA to bridge the gap between summer and fall, this would be it. It has the floral, earthy and spicy hops that summer drinkers crave, but it pairs well with the richer, caramelized malts of autumn.
Jack’s Abby Copper Legend
Average price: $10.99 for a six-pack of 16-ounce cans
Every late summer, we eagerly await the return of Copper Legend. This aptly named Oktoberfest-style beer is known for its sweet, malty, and refreshing flavor. The noble hops give it an extra zest that leaves you wanting more.
Complex aromas of roasted malts, freshly baked bread and a sweet nutty sweetness greet your nose. The palate is filled with more breaded malts, butterscotch, sweet grains and lightly spiced floral hops. The finish is sweet and dry with very little bitterness.
If there was ever an Oktoberfest-style beer to crush, this would be it. It’s caramel malt, with just a hint of pine hops. Sweet, easy to drink and well suited for September.
Call to Arms Peach Aggro Crag IPA
Average price: Limited availability
If you think it’s too late in the summer to enjoy something peach-flavored, you’re dead wrong. With the last breath of summer, we want nothing more than to enjoy this peach-filled double IPA at 8.2% ABV. It’s fruity, juicy, piney and perfect for late summer.
Much like the Nickelodeon faux mountain that gives it its name, this beer is bursting with energy. First, you encounter bold ripe peaches, other tropical fruit flavors and bold, piney, slightly spicy hops. The palate continues this trend with notes of grapefruit, citrus zest and more pine. But it’s the ripe peach flavor that really dominates and shines throughout.
Peaches are often considered a summer fruit. Why not relax the summer with a beer that not only stars summer fruits, but makes them the centerpiece?
Evil Genius Is butter a carbohydrate?
Average price: Limited availability
This beer may seem like a gimmick, but it’s surprisingly good. This collaboration between Evil Genius and Aunt Anne’s Pretzels brings beer and pretzels together in one delicious can. That’s right, this Oktoberfest-style beer is brewed with hops, malts and a healthy dose of soft pretzels.
Classic bread malts, caramel and noble hops are the first aromas you notice. This is followed by butterscotch and light autumn spices. Sipping it reveals an even more exciting flavor profile with freshly baked bread, salted caramel and floral, spicy hops. It’s like a classic slightly overturned Oktoberfest style beer.
Gimmicks aside, this is a surprisingly good Marzen style beer. It’s malty, sweet and memorable and it seems the addition of pretzels only adds to the flavor positively.