Fall is the time of the year when the microbreweries in the Atlanta metro area really shine. For some, the hot summer months are too hot and steamy to try craft beers, but fall bring cooler temperatures and a taste for what we now call fall beers. Fall beers tend to show that German influence in that they use more complex hops, and the beers can have a more rich taste. These beers would be perfect fit for your Oktoberfest celebration in and around Atlanta.
Festive Ale
SweetWater Brewing Company
195 Ottley Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 691-2537

It’s hard to improve on perfection, so just enjoy it year after year. I’m talking about SweetWater Brewing Co’s Festive Ale. The flavors here are dark fruit, toffee and assorted spices. Festive Ale gets the party started this fall, whether it be your tailgate, a Halloween party or just getting ready for the holidays. You might notice the hint of cinnamon and the extra malt in this great fall offering.

Seven Bridges Oktoberfest
Jekyll Brewing Company
2855 Marconi Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(844) 4-JEKYLL

Alpharetta’s own Jekyll Brewing Company has one of the best fall beer picks you will find on this side of the pond. It’s called Seven Bridges Oktoberfest, but what you really get is a great tasting lager that is sweet and full of flavor. This Marzen-style brew uses Munich malts and Tettnang hops, so you know it fits in with the fall season. Brewed right in Alpharetta, GA, Jekyll Brewing Company beers are modeled after the best beers in the world. Beer lovers will love any of Jekyll’s brews.

A-Town Brown Ale
Red Brick Brewing
2323 Defoor Hills Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-5558

Red Brick Brewing makes some of the best tasting beer you will find anywhere and that would include their A-Town Brown Ale. With rich, bold and deep flavors, A-Town won’t let you and your party or tailgate down this fall. This beer gives off a nice fall aroma of the outdoors with a hint of caramel, nut and roast malt. Made right in Atlanta, this is the perfect southern fall beer as it goes down smooth and fresh.

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Mother Hoppin’ Double IPA
BlueTarp Brewing Company
731 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 669-6740

Based in beautiful, Decatur, BlueTarp has set out to make brewing beer fun. They are ready for the fall with their Mother Hoppin’ Double IPA. Orange in color, but malty sweet in taste, Mother Hoppin’ may be available all year long, but it’s most popular in the fall when a more bold taste is welcome for cookouts or a cool night in. If you are looking for a nice balanced beer, give Mother Hoppin’ a try and keep BlueTarp in mind when it comes to great Atlanta beers.

Pumpkin Fest
Terrapin Beer Company
265 Newton Bridge Road
Athens, GA 30607
(706) 549-3377

No mention of fall beers in the Atlanta area is complete without Terrapin’s Pumpkin Fest. Beer lovers in Athens and Atlanta eagerly await the vats getting filled for Pumpkin Fest production. If you like Pumpkin infused beers, you will love Pumpkin Fest for Thanksgiving or any fall party. Not much bitterness so the pumpkin taste comes through, but the beer is reminiscent of what one might find in Munich of Hamburg after Oktoberfest. Check Terrapin’s website for when you might be able to sample Pumpkin Fest on one of their tours.

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