5 Minnesota Fall Beers to Drink in October

The temperature has dropped below 60 and I feel confident tucking my shorts in a drawer and forgetting about them for the next 6-9 months. This can only mean one thing: it’s officially fall. We’re in the best time of the year (fight me about it, I dare you), and it means that breweries start shifting their beer lineup in favor of Oktoberfest beers, pumpkin beers, and dark and roasty porters and stouts. Or so we thought when we set out to buy some seasonal beers so that we could write this blog post.

While we did have some luck and were able to find 5 Minnesota beers that were new to us and also seasonally appropriate, I was still surprised at the amount of hazy IPAs, brut IPAs, and milkshake IPAs that populated the liquor store shelves. I guess those trends aren’t going away anytime soon. But if you’re looking for some new fall beers to try while you’re around the bonfire, raking leaves, or watching football, read on for our recommendations!

  1. Stir Crazy Porter from Indeed Brewing
    6.5% ABV / 50 IBU

    Smooth, dark, and silky, this porter will warm you up in the brisk fall weather. I love the peanut butter and chocolate porters as much as anyone else, but sometimes you just want a good solid porter without any extra frills or flavors. Stir Crazy definitely fits that bill, and it’s not so heavy that I can’t have a few in a row. Perfect for around the bonfire or while curled up in an armchair with a good book.

  2. Schottky Pumpkin Ale from Tin Whiskers Brewing
    6.6% ABV / 28.5 IBU

    We’ve had many pumpkin beers before, but this was our first time trying the Schottky Pumpkin Ale from Tin Whiskers. We both really liked it - just enough pumpkin, not too heavy, and lightly spiced. I will definitely make this a regular beer that I drink during the fall. Pairs well with fall bike rides and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

  3. Axe Kicker Double IPA from Big Axe Brewing
    9.0% ABV / 100 IBU

    I’ll confess - we bought this beer because we loved the label. Plus, axe kicking sounds pretty badass. We had to look up where Big Axe was located (Nisswa, MN), as neither of us has had their beers before. Axe Kicker was a pretty straightforward double IPA with good hop flavor. If you are tired of Oktoberfest beers and want to grab something hoppy, Axe Kicker is a solid beer to choose. An excellent option to drink while cheering on your losing football team, or while analyzing your fantasy team’s lineup for Sunday.

  4. Oktoberfest from Urban Growler
    6.5% ABV / 23 IBU

    What’s a fall beer list without at least one Oktoberfest? We chose Urban Growler’s Oktoberfest out of the several options from other MN breweries because women-owned businesses rule! Urban Growler’s fest beer is malty, smooth, and makes me wish I had a brat in hand to enjoy with it. Bring this one with to a party or to a family potluck - it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

  5. Tippin it Down ESB with Earl Grey Tea from Bad Weather Brewing
    5.0% ABV / 35 IBU

    Here’s a wild card option for you from Bad Weather Brewing. I was intrigued by the fact that this beer was infused with Earl Grey Tea, and I also loved the can art of a cloudy fall day. The Earl Grey flavors balance the bitterness of the beer, and I feel like it is perfect for fall. It’s a bit different from what I usually drink but has grown on me the more I drink it. Pairs well with reading a mystery or listening to raindrops on your window.

There you have it - you’ve got a few new beers to try this fall. Get out there and support local breweries and local beer!