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September 22, 2022by Buffalocal

The fall season brings cool, crispy weather, colorful foliage, and lots of fall festivities, but our favorite part of this season is the fall beer and cider releases. 

Buffalo beer and cider pair perfectly with everyone’s favorite fall activities, including leaf peeping, picking pumpkins and apples, staying warm and cozy around a campfire, and tailgating at Buffalo football games.  

When it comes to craft beer in Buffalo, there’s lots of options, including pumpkin ales, Oktoberfest-style lagers, spiced ciders, and more! 


Our Buffalo Craft Beer and Cider Picks for This Fall:

pumpkin beer
Photo by Southern Tier Brewing


Brewed by Southern Tier Brewing

ABV: 8.6%

Everyone knows Pumking because when it comes to local pumpkin ales, this is the original. This Imperial Pumpkin Ale has been around for years and is best described as pumpkin pie in a glass.



Brewed by Ellicottville Brewing 

ABV: 6.5%

This Pumpkin Harvest Ale is brewed with locally-harvested pumpkins and accented with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. You can expect big, bold, and balanced flavor from the seasonal brew. 


Vanilla Cappuccino 

Brewed by Resurgence Brewing

ABV: 7.0%

As its name suggests, this beer has strong notes of French vanilla coffee. It’s made with vanilla beans and roasted coffee beans. Coffee drinkers who like a hint of pumpkin flavor at this time of year will appreciate this Pumpkin Ale.

oktoberfest beer
Photo by Flying Bison Brewing

Oktoberfest Lager

Brewed by Flying Bison Brewing 

ABV: 6.3%

This Bavarian-style lager in the Märzen style is everything a lager should be at this time of year. The German Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts used to brew this beer give it a rich malty flavor and amber color.


October Harvest

Brewed by Pressure Drop Brewing

ABV: 6.0%

This Seasonal Ale is brewed in the spirit of Märzen. It has a light caramel body with subtle, floral hop notes and a crisp, light finish. ⁠



Brewed by Community Beer Works

ABV: 5.4%

This traditional German-style fest beer is a super smooth drinking lager. You can expect a full malt flavor, a touch of hop bitterness, and a crisp, clean finish from this Festbier.


Oktoberfest Lager 

Brewed by West Shore Brewing 

ABV: 5.5% 

This Helles-style Oktoberfest is a blend of a traditional Helles Lager and a Märzen. It’s rich, malty, bready, and oh so German! 


Das Boot

Brewed by 12 Gates Brewing

ABV: 5.2%

This German-style Märzen features all German ingredients. It’s light, nutty, and subtly sweet with notes of bready sweet malt and caramel.



Brewed by 42 North Brewing

ABV: 6.5%

If you’re looking for a malty German-style bock to enjoy around the campfire throughout the fall, this is it! This dark lager features Munich, Vienna, and Pilsen Malts. It’s not available (quite yet) but will be starting on October 1. 


Photo by Big Ditch Brewing

Cinnamon Apple

Brewed by Big Ditch Brewing

ABV: 6.5%

This Amber Ale is made for drinking on the crisp fall days ahead. It’s made from locally pressed cider and locally grown barley, and it incorporates cinnamon, allspice, oatmeal, and brown sugar.


Apple Cranberry Cinnamon Wheat

Brewed by Steelbound Brewery 

ABV: 5.0%

Light and crisp, this wheat beer is perfect for fall. Fruited with apple, cranberry, and a touch of cinnamon, this is a seasonal brew that you won’t want to miss!



Ghost Lantern

Brewed by Blackbird Cider Works

ABV: 5.9%

This semi-sweet cider is spicy yet refreshing and flavorful. With each sip, you’ll taste autumn spices with a gentle warming sensation from the hint of ghost pepper on the finish.


Pumpkin Spice Cider

Brewed by Hamburg Brewing 

ABV: 6.0%

If you’re looking for a naturally gluten-free beverage to pair with your favorite fall festivities, try this semi-dry cider. It’s crisp, clean, refreshing, and made from locally sourced New York State apples. 


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You can find these fall beers and ciders wherever local beer in Buffalo is sold including local bottle shops, beverage stores like Consumers and Premier Gourmet, and grocery stores like Wegmans and Tops. Plus, you can find them at your favorite craft beer bars in Buffalo