Sierra Nevada Brewing is releasing four varieties of fresh hop beers incans this fall. (Sierra Nevada Brewing)

You know fall has arrived when pumpkin beer begins appearing on store shelves. If you love pumpkins, that will be great news — if not, give them a try anyway. How better to celebrate Halloween, the biggest keg weekend of the year, than with a beer that tastes like liquid pumpkin pie?

Here’s what else to look for:

New brews: As the weather changes, breweries begin releasing heftier beers, often with big flavors to complement autumn’s cooler temperatures. A fun one is the newest Lagunitas entry in its One-Hitter series: Willetized Coffee Stout, a coffee stout aged in Willet rye whiskey barrels. Also still available: The Eroica Ale, another One-Hitter, which starts with a traditional Flemish farmouse ale, ages it in oak wine barrels, then adds brettanomyces yeast to funkify it. It’s a sour saison — sort of. Whatever you call it, it’s worth drinking.

Meanwhile Firestone Walker Brewing is releasing Mocha Merlin, a variation on the brewery’s Velvet Merlin. The new beer is brewed with a Colombia La Granadilla coffee blend from San Luis Obispo’s HoneyCo Coffee Roasters and cacoa nibs from Ghana. The brewery also recently released its Luponic Distortion 007, the latest in its experimental, rotating-hop series. This beer, available …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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