4 Fall Beers to Try

Local beer obsessives let us in on the fall brews they’re most looking forward to.

Photographs by Jeff Elkins

1. Coffeehouse Stout: AleWerks Brewing Company

“AleWerks Brewing Company in Williamsburg always scores with their flavor-packed, coffee-infused milk stout (available at Whole Foods and Total Wine & More). I drink coffee until I drink beer, and I’m also lazy, so this totally works.”

—David McGregor, beer director at Lyon Hall, Northside Social, and Liberty Tavern

2. The Kavorka: Jailbreak Brewing Company

“This black-cherry porter (available at Republic and Frisco Taphouse & Brewery) has cherries incorporated in two phases of the brewing process, which gives it a sweet middle flavor and a dry, tart finish. The head brewer is a Dogfish Head alum who does an incredible job incorporating fun and different ingredients into their beers. The name is also a Seinfeld reference—who doesn’t love that?”

—Brett Robison, bar manager at Republic

3. Stone of Arbroath: DC Brau

“DC Brau is bringing back Stone of Arbroath (available at DC Brau’s tasting room and Boundary Stone), a Scotch ale that hasn’t been brewed for two years. It’s full of caramel, malty goodness and will be perfect as the weather cools.”

—Dave Donaldson, beverage director at City Tap House

4. Punkinator: Mad Fox Brewing Company

“Fall is all about the Punkinator (available at Mad Fox). It has fresh-roasted, local pumpkins and tons of Penzeys pumpkin-pie spice. It’s not too sweet and has a great balance of spice without that overdone clove aftertaste.”

—Teddy Folkman, executive chef/co-owner at Granville Moore’s

Craving more local beer? Check out our list of six new breweries near Washington. This article appears in the October 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.