Five Fabulous Fall Beers from Arizona Craft Brewers

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Lists Issue: September 2016
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SunUp Brewing Co. Oktoberfest‘Tis the season for Oktoberfest beers and pumpkin porters. But Arizona’s craft brewers sometimes go outside that box to bring you other autumnal suds worth sipping. Here are five to try.

#1: SunUp Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
The only Oktoberfest beer on this list tops it by virtue of its perfect balance of crisp hops and lightly toasted malts. A medium-bodied, effervescent, eminently drinkable amber. 6.2% ABV.

#2: Perch Brewery Rosemary IPA
This golden IPA has a frothy head and a slightly hoppy nose but no bitter finish whatsoever. There’s a slightly spicy rosemary bite at the back of the palate, but so gentle it’s more like a nibble. 6% ABV.

#3: Sonoran Brew Co. Saison
Its bright yellow color and pungent nose belie the long and smooth (and dry!) finish of this Belgian farmhouse-style ale. 6.3% ABV.

#4: Goldwater Brewing Co. Scotch’dale
Scottish-style ales sometimes fall flat, but this full-bodied, malty, red beer satisfies. 5.5% ABV.

#5: Lumberyard Brewing Co. Diamond Down Lager
Flagstaff-based Lumberyard Brewing makes this very mellow, German-style pale lager year-round, but its floral noble hops, sweet grains and corn aroma make it taste even better at harvest time. 5% ABV.