This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

10 Best Fall Beers With No Pumpkin

Two Cream Stout
Dark Horse Brewing
Marshall, Mich.

If you're going to do a five-month series of stouts to get folks through cold Michigan winters, the fall stouts are going to set the pace. While the October One Oatmeal Stout is certainly serviceable, November's Two Cream Stout uses milk sugar (lactose) for a creamy texture while blending in hints of chocolate and roasted malt.

Though it's an incredibly sweet stout that tastes like adult Halloween candy, the Two Cream Stout packs an 8% ABV wallop that should make drinkers wary. Those four packs are best sipped through Thanksgiving dinner, not pounded during a pre-Thanksgiving homecoming party.

Velvet Merlin
Firestone Walker Brewery
Paso Robles, Calif.

If you haven't gotten the message yet, this is a great time of year for oatmeal stouts.

That's because hops aren't all that's being harvested around this time of year. Fresh oats help give this sumptuous Oatmeal Stout a bit of a kick at 5.5% alcohol but also contribute a bit to the espresso and cocoa aroma. Much like the far more subtle Guinness stout, this has a creamy texture that makes it easily quaffable and just enough hop bitterness to give it some bite. Unlike weaker stouts, though, Velvet Merlin is jammed with dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor that makes it an ideal pairing for richer fall foods. Our apologies to folks east of Colorado, for whom this magical Merlin will be a much tougher find.

Big Sound Scotch Ale
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Fla.

The average high October temperature in Tampa is in the mid- to upper-80s. Do they know it's fall?

Maybe not, but if it means throwing beer conventions out the window and just messing around in the brewery this time of year, who cares? Cigar City releases this Scottish Ale in September alongside its imperial pumpkin ale. While its gourd-flavored stablemate is more seasonally appropriate, Big Sound fits in just fin with its dark sweet toffee flavor, coffee aroma and hints of toasted bread and cherry throughout. The weather may indicate Jimmy Buffett and Coronas, but a 750-milliliter bottle of Big Sound is bagpipes and brown ale all the way.

Moonglow Weizenbock
Victory Brewing
Downington, Pa.

Of all the American craft beer that's supposedly based on German brewing tradition around this time of year, Moonglow's one of few that tastes like it.

Right up front, Weizenbock kicks you in the nose with fruit and spice similar to what you'd smell in a German doppelbock such as Aventinus. Fans of light, refreshing summer wheat beers may need to acclimate to their darker, more potent summer cousin. There's still a bit of citrus in this beer's flavor, but its 8.7% ABV is much meaner than this beer looks. Settle in, warm up and stick around a while. This Bavarian-style brew is bringing the heat.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

>To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte.

>To follow the writer on Twitter, go to

>To submit a news tip, send an email to:


Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
3 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,804.80 +26.65 0.15%
S&P 500 2,070.65 +9.42 0.46%
NASDAQ 4,765.38 +16.9840 0.36%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs