Fall is a great season for beer-drinking: there's playoff baseball, the start of the football season, and the cooler temperatures put me in the mood for more substantial drinks. Here are a couple of beers that I think are a perfect fit for this time of year.
First is the Pennant Ale from Brooklyn Brewery. I don't think I've ever had a Brooklyn beer that I didn't enjoy, but this one might be my favorite. They describe it as a "honey-colored pale ale with a brisk malt palate and finely balanced hop character." It's not too dark, has plenty of flavor, and is the perfect thing to drink while cheering on the Washington Nationals (we are huge fans and can't wait to watch them in the playoffs).
Next is the Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery. I love pumpkin beer, but in my experience there is a lot of bad pumpkin beer out there. This one is just right, with a clean pumpkin flavor and spicy finish, but without being too sweet. Watch out though, at 7% alcohol this is stronger than your average beer. Because Dogfish Head comes from Delaware it's easy to find in DC, but as the brewery has grown so has their distribution, and I think it's pretty widely available across the country.
Do you have a favorite fall beer I should try out?