Fall has arrived: You’re busting out the warmer layers. You’re spending weekends tailgating and watching football. And while you automatically change up your wardrobe and your social calendar for the season, there’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be changing up your beer of choice as well.
Because while summer is a time of pale ales and citrus notes, fall answers with pumpkin-flavored brews, darker ales, and—best of all—fresh hop beers. “You’re in harvest season, so there are fresh hops available,” says Joe Tracy, of Bierkfraft, a Brooklyn store that boasts more than 1,000 beers that rotate seasonally. “These beers only come out once a year, and they’re best consumed fresh.”
In other words: Try to get your hands on one of these fall beers—Tracy and other beer connoisseurs help us count down the top eight—and drink up…immediately.