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Fall is beer drinking time, and these are the best fall beers Michigan has to offer.

Jaw-Jacker, Arcadia Ales – Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. 

Known for their pubs and kitchens in southwestern Michigan, Arcadia Ales have worked to perfect their “British Inspired – American Brewed stable of beers.” The Jaw-Jacker might not have pumpkin in its recipe, but it has a whole lot of warm, delicious festive spice. Packed with nutmeg, all-spice, and cinnamon, it is also paired with caramel and crystal malt that will give you the warm fuzzy glow of Autumn. This orange, amber has a crisp warm bite with a silky drinkability.

Milk Route Stout, Austin Brothers Beer Company – Alpena. 

The owners are originally from southern California but fell in love with the Alpena area on a cross-country road trip. They decided to set up shop and finally start their lifelong dream of having their own microbrewery. Serving up lunch, dinner, and late-night bar food, the Austin Brothers also have a variety of unique beers on tap. Their Milk Route Stout is a creamy, full beer great for a chilly fall day. It has chocolate and roasted caramel flavors that pair perfectly with its coffee undertones. Milk is also added to this brew to give it a little sweetness for a dynamic, well-rounded taste.

Oktoberfest Lager, Frankenmuth Brewery – Frankenmuth. 

Operating under a variety of different names, Frankenmuth Brewery has been around since 1862 and claims to be the oldest microbrewery in Michigan and the state’s original craft brewery. In the fall, they offer up a rich Oktoberfest Lager that many find especially perfect during Autumn. German noble hops and four different kinds of malts are used to create the Bavarian style Oktoberfest lager. It has a full, yeasty flavor with whispers of caramel and maybe even a slight hint of fruit.

Screamin’ Pumpkin, Griffin Claw Brewery – Birmingham. 

Located just outside of Detroit, the Griffin Claw Brewing Company comes with over twenty years of brewing experience from the brewmaster Dan Rogers. Their Screamin’ Pumpkin beer captures the essence of a Michigan Fall. It is made with cinnamon, clove, sweet pumpkin, and even a touch of molasses. It has a smooth, comforting taste with rich, festive tones that make it perfect to enjoy from Halloween all the way to Christmas. If you want a beer that is truly a “Michigan fall beer”, you have to try Screamin’ Pumpkin.

Any Hard Cider, Odd Side Ales – Grand Haven. 

Odd Side Ales prides itself on its 15 barrel brewhouse which runs 24 hours a day to create only the best, unique craft beers. Aside from their refreshing beers, they have an incredible hard cider. There is nothing like a great hard cider in the fall, and this one has a wonderfully, crisp taste. It is made from apples grown right in northern Michigan.

What’s your favorite fall beer?