Seasons change, and with them, craft beers often change. Lighter, more refreshing beer common in the summer gradually gives way to darker, marzen style beer or pumpkin-flavored beer in the the fall. Houston area craft breweries also celebrate the arrival of autumn with special beers made for the season. These five beers make the transition to the fall season a time every Houston beer lover anticipates.
Krunkin Pumpkin
Karbach Brewing
2032 Karbach St.
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 680-2739
www.karbachbrewing.com

Krunkin Pumpkin is Karbach Brewing’s signature fall seasonal beer. Offered in 22 oz. bomber bottles and on tap in selected restaurants and pubs, Krunkin Pumpkin is different from the typical pumpkin beer. Rather than taste exclusively like a slice of pumpkin pie, this complex craft beer serves up other flavors, such as mixed spices, yeast and even a touch of vanilla and toasted malts. It’s a great beer for the season and one of the best pumpkin beers sold in the Houston area.

Nightmare On 1st Street
No Label Brewing
5351 1st St.
Katy, TX 77493
(281) 693-7545
www.nolabelbrew.com

Nightmare On 1st Street Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a fall seasonal beer and is highly anticipated by local craft beer fans. This strong ale features aromas and flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, clove and allspice. The combination of spices set against a malty body and higher alcohol content make Nightmare On 1st Street a beer that commands your attention and respect. It may scare some drinkers at first, but don’t worry. Any early fears you may experience will fade into anxious anticipation with each passing sip.

Oktoberfest
Saint Arnold Brewing
2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 686-9494
www.saintarnold.com

Saint Arnold is the oldest craft brewery in Texas, and its signature Oktoberfest beer is a seasonal favorite. This malty beer has been around longer than any other beer on this list, debuting in 1997 and winning several awards along the way. Saint Arnold’s Oktoberfest features flavors such as toasted malt and caramel, and it matches up well with many fall foods. It’s one of the few Oktoberfest style beers made using ale yeast instead of the traditional lager yeast associated with this style, and this uniqueness helps set it apart from the competition.

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LeMort Vivant
Southern Star Brewing
1207 N FM 3083 Road E
Conroe, TX 77303
(936) 441-2739
www.southernstarbrewing.com

A fall seasonal beer that goes beyond the usual pumpkin and Oktoberfest styles, LeMort Vivant is brewed in the Biere de Garde style. This little known French specialty brew isn’t attempted at very many breweries and is difficult to find, but worth the effort to seek out. This beer offers aromas of apple and pear with a flavor that features mixed fruits with yeast and overall sweetness. If pumpkins and marzen style beers are getting boring, then LeMort Vivant is the fall beer for you.

FM 359
Texian Brewing
1125 FM 359
Richmond, TX 77406
(281) 762-2604
www.texianbrewing.com

FM 359, a Brett Saison, is another special offering that deviates from the usual fall seasonal. Brewed by Texian Brewing in nearby Richmond, Texas, FM 359 is named after the road that leads thirsty Houstonians to the brewery. This beer is a farmhouse ale and it’s brewed with assorted yeast strains for a funky taste that will leave you wanting more. It’s a special fall offering that may not return next year, so get it while it’s hot.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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