As the temperature drops, days get shorter and the leaves change colors, it’s time to move from fruit-enhanced light beers and tonics to more hearty autumn cocktails.
Some of the liquor stores in North Baltimore had some recommendations.
William Stifler, manager of , said that as fall rolls around, the Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers are the autumn favorites.
An Oktoberfest is the traditional fall beer, which usually is a German Marzen lager. But in recent years, pumpkin beers and autumn seasonal have been growing in popularity, he said.
“[Autumn seasonal] tend to give brewers a little more freedom,” Stifler said.
Lucien Walsh, owner of The Mt. Washington Wine Co., said the popularity of pumpkin beers has noticeably increased.
“If people like pumpkin beer, they better act fast because they’re running out,” Wash said.
Walsh said when people think of fall, they often think about apples. He recommended trying Calvados, an apple brandy from Normandy.
“It’s made like brandy or cognac and you serve it that way—except it tastes like apples,” Walsh said.
He also suggested a St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram for a Hot Toddy or Mulled Wine. For whiskey drinkers, he suggested Corsair Artisan Triple Smoke whiskey that is smoked with cherrywood, beechwood and peat.
Hayes recommended Root, a traditional root tea that features ingredients such as wintergreen and birch root. The tea can be used to create a variety of cocktails, including the fall beverage of spiced root cider.
Stifler said the most popular cocktails at this time of the year usually involve some sort of cider with brandy or whiskey. But he also said that Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur can be used like Bailey’s and added to coffee or mixed with bourbon for a nice after dinner drink.
Hayes said that there’s a move toward earthier wines in the fall and recommended Terra Savia, a 100 percent Petit Verdot.
“When you’re drinking it, you want to be in front of a fireplace,” Hayes said.