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Fall Beer and Cider Lineup

Insider Tips & Inspiration, Craft Beer, Spirits, Wine
New fall beers and ciders from the Genesee Valley's local breweries and cideries.

As the leaves change and autumn returns in full force to western NY, craft brewery menus are changing too. It’s time for crisp ciders and warming beers, pints to sip around the fire pit and flights to share with friends. Here’s our guide to some of the region’s best beer picks, all artfully made right here in the Genesee Valley!

Lineup of beers at No BS Brew Company. Photo by brewery.
Lineup of beers at No BS Brew Company. Photo by brewery.

Sip, savor, and enjoy the tastes of the season with these locally brewed craft beverages.

As the leaves change and autumn returns in full force to western NY, craft brewery menus are changing too. It’s time for crisp ciders and warming beers, pints to sip around the fire pit and flights to share with friends. Here’s our guide to some of the region’s best beer picks, all artfully made right here in the Genesee Valley!

Groundskeeper Willy Scotch Ale at No B.S. Brew Company (Livonia)

Locals love this scotch ale, which is robust enough to warm you up but refreshingly drinkable. The Groundskeeper Willy stands apart from other beers in this style thanks to the addition of peak malt smoke. Hints of smoke and leather invoke images of relaxing by the fireplace in a cozy wood cabin.
Feeling like something a little stronger? Their taproom is stocked with a selection of bourbons from Rochester’s Black Button Distillery, along with several Finger Lakes region wines!

Other favorites on tap this season: Coffee Cream Ale, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Porter

Hold the Crust Apple Pie Cider from OSB Ciderworks in Lakeville. Photo by Sarah Keeler.
Hold the Crust Apple Pie Cider from OSB Ciderworks in Lakeville. Photo by Sarah Keeler.

Hold the Crust Apple Pie Cider at OSB Ciderworks (Lakeville)

Skip the pie and drink your dessert this Thanksgiving. Made from NY apples, this fun cider is robust in flavor with strong tasting notes of nutmeg and cardamom. The deep orange color will fit right in at your holiday table this year! This cider isn’t heavy on the sweetness, so you’ll still have room in your palate for a slice of Grandma’s apple pie.

Other menu favorites: Pumpkin for the People (available bottled at OSB retailers only), Gangsta’s Pearadise (Pear cider)

Autumnal beer lineup at Silver Lake Brewing Project in Perry. Photo by brewery.
Autumnal beer lineup at Silver Lake Brewing Project in Perry. Photo by brewery.

The Imperial Cocoa Porter at Silver Lake Brewing Project (Perry)

At this craft brewery in Perry, the beer list is known for containing a broad range of beers to suit every palate, regardless of the season. If you’re looking for a beer that can lift your spirits while warming your body, you can’t do any better than the Imperial Cocoa Porter. Coming in at a hearty 9.0 % ABV, this porter has a lighter color and body than an imperial stout with a similar ABV. The chocolate flavor comes forward strongest (it’s brewed with 99% cocoa dark chocolate), but you’ll also taste subtle notes of buttery caramel and raisins.

For those still holding onto summer (like yours truly), you can’t miss the Boysenberry Sour-- a beautiful reddish purple beer that’s as tart and juicy as the name suggests.

Other favorites on the fall line-up: Rustic Blonde with Tart Cherry, Biere de Mars, Quincy Brown Ale

Pumpkins and leaves around the maple porter at Dublin Corners Farm Brewery. Photo by Sarah Gualtieri.
Pumpkins and leaves around the maple porter at Dublin Corners Farm Brewery. Photo by Sarah Gualtieri.

Tree Tapper Maple Porter at Dublin Corner Farm Brewery (Linwood)

When you learn that this family-owned brewery started as a roadside pumpkin stand, its dedication to fall flavor profiles in its beers makes sense. The Tree Tapper is New York flavor in a glass. With locally sourced maple syrup and Cascade hops, this Maple Porter is endlessly sippable. Delicious on its own or for pairing with a slice of apple pie! Stop by Dublin Corner Farm Brewery in Linwood or their taproom in downtown Geneseo to give it a try.

Other menu favorites: Better than Red (Amber Ale), Sunrise Blood Orange Saison

Beers at Amber Lantern Brewing Company. Photo by brewery.
Beers at Amber Lantern Brewing Company. Photo by brewery.

Amber Ale at Amber Lantern Brewing Company (Warsaw)

Find this cozy brewery in the village of Warsaw, where the quintessential Amber Ale is a must try. Inspired by the brewery’s name, this breezy ale has a beautiful copper color to match the foliage outside. The Amber Lantern also holds the honor of being Wyoming county’s first brew pub! Along with creating small batches of beer, they offer a menu of made-to-order pub food favorites so you can recharge after a day of fall hiking. A classic WNY fish fry (beer battered, of course) is the perfect accompaniment to your Amber Ale!

Other menu favorites: Tiger’s IPA, Wee Heavy Scotch Ale