While caramel apples, toffee popcorn and pumpkin spice lattes all do the trick to bring about feelings of fall, you can also head to several New York City bars to quench your thirst for autumn. Visit these local joints for harvest treats of the hops variety. From pumpkin ale to hearty apple-flavored cider, these are 6 of the best spots to enjoy autumn brews this season.
Blind Tiger Alehouse
The draught list at this dimly-lit SoHo spot changes frequently, and this fall two highlights include Mckienzie’s Hard Cider, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin and Leipziger Bier Gose. Get there in time for happy hour (11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. weekdays) and you can order the apple-flavored beverage for $6.50. There’s no table service, but the bar food comes out fast – try their Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla.
79 N 11th Street (between Berry St & Wythe Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
In addition to Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest, the local brewmasters are also whipping up Brooklyn Brown Ale, which was so popular it grew from holiday specialty to a popular year-round offering. The brewery is open during the week for evening tours and tastings. On Saturday, tours are free, but it gets crowded.
The Pony Bar
The Pony Bar is known for rotating their selection of beers on tap throughout the night while updating their online beer list in real time. It’s all part of the excitement! This season, find Harpoon UFO Pumpkin and Barrier Craven Belgian Red.
The Ginger Man
Known as the ultimate spot for beer lovers in Manhattan, this season the Midtown location is offering a multitude of favorites. Sip on Flying Dog Dogtoberfest, a rich and malty brew with a sweet aroma and deep mahogany color, and TommyKnocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale, a festive seasonal ale with pumpkin and a touch of molasses and spice.
It may seem like a tourist trap to some, but the New York City staple will serve you a selection of seasonal beers, including Smiling Pumpkin Ale. The brew is made with honey-roasted pumpkins, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. For gluten-free crowd, there is Good Grain Gluten Free Ale, a citrus-y brew made with light sorghum and Belgian Candi Sugar, with a healthy addition of American Citra hops.
815 9th Ave (between 53rd St & 54th St)
New York, NY 10019
This craft beer haven in Hell’s Kitchen has several fall-themed drinks of the hops variety on tap this autumn. The list includes: Erdinger Octoberfest, Hofbrau Octoberfest, Southern Tier Pumking, Blue Point Pumpkin, Ithaca Country Pumpkin and AleSmith Brown.
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