As the weather gets colder, the beers get darker and the flavours get fuller.

Luckily, we live in a city full of unbelievable breweries that bring out the flavours perfect for this time of year.

Whether it’s pumpkin spice, coffee hints, or homages to Oktoberfest, Victoria’s breweries are here to give your pallet a change as the season does.

Below is a list of some of the best seasonal beers Victoria breweries are offering:

Driftwood Brewery – Blackstone Porter

Driftwood Brewery describes The Blackstone Porter as a porter with an ample body to support the flavours of chocolate and coffee derived from dark specialty malts.

It’s a sessionable porter, which means: it goes down easy.

Driftwood says it’s a perfect companion to good conversation when the rain is lashing at the windows and is mostly available during the colder months.

Get it while you can!

Phillips – Crookeder Tooth Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale

Back for another Hallow’s eve, Phillips’ Crookeder Tooth Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale jumps straight from the pumpkin patch, into freshly emptied bourbon barrels, and is ready to be poured into a fresh pint glass for you to enjoy.

Combining roasted malt with loads of fresh pumpkin and a delicious vanilla bourbon punch, Phillips says this brew pairs well with both tricks and treats.

Lighthouse Brewing- Nightwatch Coffee Lager

A beer so good, it feels like you could replace your morning coffee with it.

The nightwatch coffee lager is a surprisingly light beer with strong hints of coffee but without the heavy feeling that a stout might give you.

With subtle tones of hazelnut, cinnamon and chocolate to round out this distinct and refreshing brew, Lighthouse considers the Nightwatch Coffee Lager as the perfect beer for day or night.

Hoyne Brewing Company – Finnegan’s Irish Stout

It’s everything you would expect from an Irish Stout – a deep, roasted body complimented by a creamy mouthfeel.

This barley-roasted black malt is mild on the British fuggle hops and is a deeper than deep, labyrinthine beer rich full of flavours.

Herald Street – Oktoberfest Festbier

For the Bavarian in you, this nod to traditional German beers, from up-and-coming Herald Street Brew Works is a Weyermann Malt and German Hops – a specialty malt brewed in Bamburg, Germany since 1886.

Weyermann Pilsner Malt brings a honey-like sweetness that is balanced out by floral and citrus notes from Hallertau Mittlefrüh hops.

Its taste is a mix of floral and citrus notes with a bit of spice for a smooth mouthfeel and a dash of caramel notes.


Ile Sauvage – La Tarte

Ile Sauvage has a propensity for Sour and Gose beers, and this seasonal La Tarte beer is no different.

Ile Sauvage brewers added pumpkins to the mash of this sour brown base beer. It’s aged on Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Vanilla for a proper dose of spice.

Available on tap in the Tasting Room or in 4packs to-go, this is beer no trick and all treat.

Moon Under Water – This Is Hefeweizen

Another nod to Germany in our midst!

This Uber-Traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen from Moon Under Water has notes of banana, bubblegum and clove, for all you sweet tooths out there.

With a rich malt backbone to balance the warm banana and clove esters, Moon Under Water considers this seasonal hefeweizen perfect for autumn.

Whistle Buoy – Rice Crispy Kolsch

Another Kölsch style beer this time brewed with the addition of rice to help lighten the body and give a dry crisp finish and featuring the bready background of Pilsner Malt. Lightly hopped with Saaz for some earthy undertones and balanced bitterness.

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