Ferguson Brewing Co.’s Pumpkin Ale

  • Style: Pumpkin Beer (4.9% abv)
  • Available at: Ferguson Brewing Co., 418 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, fergusonbrewing.com; $4.50 (16-oz draught)
  • Pairing: New York-style cheesecake

I’m akin to goldilocks when it comes to pumpkin beers. Sometimes there’s too much spice or not enough richness to satisfy my palate. But Ferguson Brewing Co. has created a pumpkin beer that’s just right. This beer has a big, almost silky mouth feel that’s impressive for a beer that’s low in alcohol. The pumpkin spicing really shines through, making me happy it’s fall again.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Double Jack

  • Style: American Imperial IPA (9.5% abv)
  • Available at: International Tap House, both locations, internationaltaphouse.com; $7.19 carry-out (22-oz bottle), $12 at the bar
  • Pairings: Sharp Cheddar • Pepperoni pizza

The aroma of tropical fruits, such as mangos and pineapple, provide a sultry backdrop to this big IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing co. If the aroma is seductive, then the taste is downright ravishing. This is a big, bold brew with a strong hop bite that interplays well with a healthy dose of malt. This is an absolutely beguiling beer that will have you coming back for more.

Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof’s Leipziger Gose

  • Style: Gose (4.6% abv)
  • Available at: The Wine & Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, http://www.wineandcheeseplace.com" target= "_blank">wineandcheeseplace.com; $16.99 (750-ml bottle)
  • Pairings: Oysters • Bratwurst

It always fascinates me to see the number of takes different cultures have on wheat beer. Ii can promise you a gose is like no other wheat beer you’ve had before. Like most of its wheat brethren, it’s very refreshing. what sets this one apart is a slightly salty, almost briny characteristic that complements the dryness of the beer.

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