Best Fall Craft Beers In Cleveland

October 22, 2015 8:00 AM

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As fall approaches, spicy and dark beers like pumpkin brews and Oktoberfest editions start hitting the breweries. Malts and hoppy spiced ales are so tasty during this time of year and a great way to wind down from the heat of the summer. Break out the denim, flannel, scarves, boots, and beers for a true Cleveland autumn!
Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 771-4404

Great Lakes Brewing Company is Cleveland’s best known brewery, with beloved standbys like Dortmunder Gold Lager, Eliot Ness Amber Lager and Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. The brewery also has some delicious seasonal brews that roll out with the changing of seasons. Fall is when favorites start popping up at a lot of breweries, and Great Lakes’ fall favorite is the Oktoberfest. This malty German classic is hoppy and nutty, making it perfect for the cooler season. This beer is a favorite, winning gold and silver medals four times at the World Beer Championships.

Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Fat Head’s Brewery
24581 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 801-1001

Fat Head’s Brewery in North Olmsted was founded in 2009, producing more than 5000 barrels of beer in its first 3 years of business, also earning a plethora of awards in the brewery industry. This brewery’s take on a seasonal pumpkin beer is the Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Clocking in at 9% ABV, this is a serious beer, full of malty flavors to compliment the brown sugar, roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and all-spice notes that make it a nice, sweet and flavorful fall brew that harkens thoughts of warm pumpkin pie.

The Brew Kettle
8377 Pearl Road
Strongsville, OH 44136
(440) 239-8788

The Brew Kettle is a great brewery located in Strongsville, with plenty of favorite brews like the 4 C’s Pale Ale, White Rajah and Strangeville Pumpkin Ale. There is such a variety of year-round brews as well as seasonal brews to look forward to from The Brew Kettle, especially as the weather starts to cool down. This brewery’s Oktofest is a rich German malt, using a blend of classic German malts as well as German Tettnang hops for a unique finish. With plenty of awards and recognition to back the brewery’s flavorful fame, it’s certainly worth giving a few brews a try.

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Old Zahm Oktoberfest
The Market Garden Brewery
1947 W 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 621-4000

The Market Garden Brewery has gained quite a fan base, being located on W 25th Street in the midst of a growing nightlife destination. Year round beers like the Pearl Street Wheat bring party-goers and drinkers from all over the city for a delicious crisp drink on the patio. As the weather changes and evolves to show us chillier evenings on the heated patio, a great drink of choice is the seasonal Old Zahm Oktoberfest, a toasty malt. This brew is made with the old fashioned tool, the Zahm, which measures the carbonation in the tanks. Like this tool, the beer is a classic Oktoberfest.

Dirndl Dropper Oktoberfest
Willoughby Brewing Company
4057 Erie St.
Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 975-0202

Willoughby Brewing Company might be best known around town for its Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, which is, no doubt, a great beer and a great beer for the fall season at that. But, that’s not all this brewery has to offer! Drafts like the Cosmic IPA, Gutterpup and Railway Razz are also great year round options to give a try. When the weather starts to cool down at the end of the summer, you’ll find the Dirndl Dropper Oktoberfest arrive for the season. This is the brewery’s fall lager, which is smooth and malty, making it a great choice for the beginning of fall.

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Kaitlin Dershaw Durbin has spent the past 7 years living in and loving Cleveland. She enjoys making new discoveries, especially when it comes to the local food and arts community, and sharing them with others, hoping to spark similar love for the city in others. Find her other local profiles at