Fall-inspired beers + cocktails to try in Birmingham

We’re not in Germany, but Birmingham sure knows how to throw down for Oktoberfest. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Company’s Facebook

It’s no secret that Birmingham’s beer and cocktail scene is A-1. Now that it’s fall, some of our favorite breweries and bars are getting into the autumn vibe. We rounded up fourteen fall-inspired drinks you’re going to want to try this season. And yes, there are some pumpkin spiced flavored ones, too!

Cahaba Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest + new cocktail menu

Yep. That’s a boot full of beer. It’s not for sell, but it sure looks cool. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Company’s Facebook

Cahaba Brewing was the place to be for Oktoberfest last weekend. Now, they’re continuing the celebration with their newly-released Oktoberfest brew. It’s the ideal fall beer whether you’re just getting warmed up to craft beers or a long-time fan.

  • Flavors: malty, full-bodied + well-balanced
  • 32 IBU, 6.9% ABV

If you’re more of a cocktail lover, Cahaba Brewing also has an entire lineup of fall-inspired cocktails available at their taproom. Their selection includes an Apple Pie Martini, Pear Collins, After Dinner Punch, Maple Bacon Old Fashioned, Autumn Whiskey Mule and Plum Fin Fiz.

The Maple Bacon Old Fashioned has my name written all over it! Drinks listed from left to right above. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Company’s Facebook

Red Clay Brewing Company’s Southern Bumpkin

Sweet potato beer? Don’t mind if I do. Photo via Red Clay Brewery’s Facebook

Opelika-based Red Clay Brewing Company rolled out their Southern Bumpkin brown ale just in time for fall. It’s a traditional English Brown with a Southern twist. Loaded with sweet potatoes, it has a sweet, earthy vibe that’s completely unique.

  • Flavor: sweet potato, sweet + earthy
  • 7.8% ABV

Good People Brewing’s Mumbai Rye IPA

This is a crowd favorite along with their Oktoberfest brew. Photo via Good People Brewing Company

Around this time of year, Good People releases Mumbai Rye IPA. This crowd favorite is malty and hoppy with a dryer spiced finish which embodies the fall season. You can find this brew in the taproom on draft and in cans.

  • Flavors: malty, hoppy + contains a dryer spiced finish
  • 72 IBU, 7.4% ABV

Birmingham District Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest

Made for easy drinking on crisp, fall days. Photo via Birmingham District Brewing Co.’s Facebook

On Friday, September 25th, Birmingham District Brewing Company will be re-introducing their Oktoberfest Marzen Style Lager to the taproom. It’s a celebration of German and Bavarian heritage with a rich, complex malt build. Made for easy drinking it’s rich in flavor and screams fall.

  • Flavors: rich, complex malt with notes of caramel
  • 6% ABV

Birmingham District Brewing Company’s Stalling Time

Check out Bham District Brewing Co.’s two newest flavors. Photo via Birmingham District Brewing Co.’s Facebook

Birmingham District Brewing Co. will also be releasing their new Stalling Time brew. It’s a double dry-hopped IPA with notes of mango, lemon citrus, blueberry and fresh pine. This slightly bitter, yet refreshing beer hits the taproom on Friday, September 25th.

  • Flavors: mango, lemon citrus, blueberry + fresh pine
  • 25.5 IBU, 6.4% ABV

Ferus Artisan Ales’ Country Lager

Sounds like fall brewed in a can if you ask me. Photo via Ferus Artisan Ales’ Facebook

Ferus Artisan Ales canned their Country Lager just in time for the season. This amber lager is brewed with malt forward notes of fresh bread, caramel and toffee. The medium body and semi-dry finish makes for easy sipping while you enjoy the cooler weather and colorful foliage.

  • Flavors: fresh bread, caramel + toffee
  • 5.5% ABV

Queen’s Park Pumpkin Spice Latte

You either are obsessed or hate pumpkin spice. I haven’t met anyone in between. Photo via Queen’s Park’s Facebook

You know we couldn’t leave this one out. No matter the temperature, as soon as autumn officially begins, it’s pumpkin spice season. Queen’s Park always invents new drinks to go along with the time of year and this one hits it right on the head. Say hello to the frozen and delightfully boozy Pumpkin Spice Latte.

  • Ingredients: vodka, coffee liquor, pumpkin, vanilla ice cream + pumpkin pie spice

Mayawell’s Pumpkin Spiced Margarita

Just when you thought fall couldn’t get any better, Mayawell comes out with this! Photo via Mayawell Bar’s Facebook

If it’s pumpkin spice that you want, then it’s pumpkin spice that you’ll get. Mayawell is taking their signature margarita and loading it with that popular fall twist. Make sure to stop in and try it before it’s gone.

  • Ingredients: Reposado tequila, housemade pumpkin spiced syrup, Grand Marnier, lemon juice + agave syrup

Thirsty yet? Don’t forget to check out our guide to Bham’s craft breweries. In the meantime, give us a follow on social @bhamnow on Instagram + @now_bham on Twitter.


  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.