Sampling different seasonal fall beer is one of the best parts of this time of year. The local breweries in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge join the fun with some unique brews that capture many of the classic flavors of autumn, including cinnamon, pumpkin, and Oktoberfest beers.

The region is emerging as a destination for a beercation, and with eight craft breweries, beer tours, numerous beer events, and Virginia's Blue Ridge Beerway, we encourage you to make our delicious craft beer part of your experience.

If you're visiting this fall, here are some of the seasonal brews you'll get to enjoy.

Big Lick Brewing Company - Saison Automne

The Saison Automne is a dark saison brewed with pumpkin in the mash and Billington's Dark Brown Molasses sugar that was added in the boil. Try it during your next visit to Downtown Roanoke's only microbrewery.


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Callaway Brewing Company - Yes Dear Pumpkin Ale

The Yes Dear Pumpkin Ale is a brown ale that features fresh pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, fresh cinnamon, and fresh ground nutmeg. Get your pumpkin fix with this tasty brew that's expected to be on draught until the end of October.

Callaway is also working on developing a Sweet Potato Beer that will incorporate some of the classic flavors of Thanksgiving.


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Chaos Mountain Brewing Co. - Muddy Boots American Brown Ale | The Legless Horseman Pumpkin Ale

The Legless Horseman Pumpkin Ale is brewed from pumpkins grown by a local farmer in the region. The pumpkins were roasted at the brewery and then combined with pumpkin pie spices to give the beer its rich flavor. This amber ale can be found on draught at the brewery.

The Muddy Boots American Brown Ale is a hearty brew that's perfect for fall. The malt provides a nice balance to the American hops, and you'll notice a citrus nose and flavor.

Parkway Brewing Company - Seeing Colors Autumn Spiced Ale

The Seeing Colors Autumn Ale is a malty brown ale spiced with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove and nutmeg. Take a trip with Parkway & you'll see colors too!

Roanoke Railhouse Brewery Company - American Strong | Munich Helles | Bière de Garde

The American Strong is a robust, ruby brown beer designed to coincide with the first of the fall weather. The beer is dark and malty with no roasted flavor - think dark, dried fruit like raisins, black cherry and dark plum with a vinous type of character, full bodied with a persistent creamy head.

Munich Helles is a brew commonly found in the U.S. for Oktoberfest that serves as a nod to the lighter of the German Munich lagers - bright and malty with some presence of the German hops for crispness and balance. Roanoke Railhouse counters the dark and very fall colors of the American Strong with the brightness and yellow of the Munich Helles, much like the contrast of the bright and dark colored leaves on the trees in Virginia's Blue Ridge during the fall.

The Bière de Garde is a traditional beer of the Belgian/French border. It isn't bitter from the hops used in the brewing process, but has small floral hop flavors of French hops and spices of this very nice Belgian yeast. It's a nice, dry beer that will be warming during the crisp fall temperatures. The Bière de Garde serves as a craftsman's homage to the end of a successful brewing year.

Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers - Oktoberfest Marzen & Pumpkin Porter

The Oktoberfest Marzen features German lager and Munich malts, as well as German Noble hops and fermentation with a Bavarian lager to create a very malty beer with excellent hop balance. This lager beer, with medium body and light copper color, is a pleasure to drink. In beer lies the power to bring joy. Enjoy!

Sit back, relax, and take in all the flavors and aromas of our Pumpkin Porter masterpiece. This hearty Ale has notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, allspice and all things pumpkin pie. It's a perfect beer for the fall that will keep you warm on those cool nights.

Sunken City Brewing Company - Sunktoberfest Lager

This festive amber lager is brewed in celebration of the fall season. Its deep orange hues reflect the colors of the changing autumn landscape and the higher alcohol warms the body against the cooler evening. Sunktoberfest's complex malty body mixed with a healthy dosing of old world hops creates a rich and balanced beverage that will last you well into the winter months.


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Want to learn more about beer in Virginia's Blue Ridge? Visit our Breweries page and consider taking part in a Roanoke Craft Beer Tour!