Maybe it’s the crisp, cool air or the leaves falling to the ground, but there’s just something about fall that makes beer-sipping even more magical. And it’s even better if it’s a seasonal beer!
So of course, this time of year, Bend breweries get to work to create some truly incredible seasonal beers to maximize fall in this craft beer-loving town. Sample one (or try all nine throughout the season!) to take your fall to the next level.
D’Bomb | From Sunriver Brewing Co.
Sunriver Brewing Co. has created two IPAs we can’t wait to sample this fall. The first is this fresh hop IPA made with over 100 pounds of fresh Amarillo hops from Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Oregon. These unique “wet” hops provide layers of bright floral, tropical fruit and an array of citrus-driven flavors. D’Bomb is available in September and October, so get it while you still can!
D’Kine | From Sunriver Brewing Co.
The second seasonal IPA from Sunriver Brewing Co. is D’Kine, another fresh hop IPA, this time made with over 100 pounds of fresh Mosaic hops from B.T. Loftus Ranches in Yakima, Washington. These “wet” hops provide layers of tropical fruit, citrus, salted blueberry, and earthy-pine flavors. D’Kine is only available in October and November.
Frontier Justice Coffee Stout | From Three Creeks Brewing Co.
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Bring your love for coffee and craft beer together with this delicious and rich stout. Frontier Justice Coffee Stout is the result of a collaboration between Sisters Coffee Co. and Three Creeks Brewing. It features 4 pounds per barrel of Sumatra dark roast coffee, and the base beer is an imperial stout brewed with 10 different malts along with Cascade hops. The end product is a bold, dark beer dominated by rich coffee aroma and flavor, while still allowing the base stout to push through. The Frontier Justice Coffee Stout is available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles from September through December.
Octoblivion | From Oblivion Brewing
Make sure you try Octoblivion, the Oblivion Brewing take on a harvest German lager, this fall. The brilliant amber color is a sure indication that this brew was made specifically for the season. Vienna, Caramunich, Red Wheat, and a variety of crystal malts give it plenty of body while the hops provide a woody, spicy finish.
Obsidian Stout | From Deschutes Brewery
While this year-round beer from the renowned Deschutes Brewery isn’t exactly seasonal — it is the perfect beer to drink this season. It has notes of espresso and dark chocolate with a roasty finish, offering a deep, robust and richly rewarding flavor. This stout is the perfect beer to linger over, perhaps while cozied up around a fire pit this fall.
Salted Caramel Porter | From Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. is canning this seasonal Vault Series brew this November (in addition to February and May, if you miss it this time around). The Salted Caramel Porter is a lightly roasted, mahogany-colored, medium-bodied malt that is “as smooth as a Marvin Gaye love song.” The sweet salted caramel flavor is the perfect accompaniment to all of your hearty dishes this fall! You can also find this delicious brew at both of their pubs year-round.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo | From RiverBend Brewing
We had to include at least one pumpkin beer on this list! RiverBend Brewing has created Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, a pumpkin ale brewed with a hefty helping of locally sourced pumpkin puree, and gently spiced with organic cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice ginger and clove. Can there be a more perfect list of fall ingredients?
Fresh Hop Harvest Pale | From Bend Brewing Co.
The second-oldest brew pub in Bend, Bend Brewing Co., recently released their Fresh Hop Harvest Pale, a seasonal pale ale that has already received high ratings from those lucky enough to try it! Stop by the cozy taproom or opt for the airy patio at Bend Brewing Co. to join the masses.
Four Devils | From Monkless Belgian Ales
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Available from September through mid-November, Four Devils is a seasonal beer from Monkless Belgian Ales originally brewed in celebration of the 4th anniversary of Portland’s Abbey Bar. This smooth and light-bodied beer is slightly fruity with a subtle earthy hopiness. Drink with caution! The Four Devils has a 9% ABV.
Let us know which fall beers in Bend you’re looking forward to trying — whether or not they made it on this list.