Ask A Houston Expert: Fall Beers To Try

This fall, when everyone is seeking out the latest pumpkin spice-flavored dishes around town, head out to one of Houston's area pubs to try some of the best beers for the season. Johnny Orr of Premium Draught and Jason Moore of D&T Drive Inn have lent their expertise in the field of tasting and selling beer to share their top choices for autumn beverages.

Johnny Orr

Premium Draught
733 Studewood St.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 869-1522

Jason Moore
D&T Drive Inn
1307 Enid St.
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 868-6165

Johnny Orr is part of the team at Premium Draught where customers can choose from a large selection of freshly poured beers. The goal of Premium Draught is to help consumers have the best beer experience ever. Premium Draught is a growler fill station where you can get beer by the 32- or 64-ounce growler refills. There is also a growler exchange program if you already don't own one of these.

Jason Moore is the general manager of what he terms the "Best Icehouse in Town," the D&T Drive Inn. This icehouse in the Heights has more than 50 beers on tap and gives people who come in a fun, friendly place to hang out and experience great drinks.

Saint Arnold Brewing Pumpkinator Both experts agree that this is one to seek out. The local Saint Arnold Brewing Company annually churns out seasonal specialties such as this Imperial Stout with a hint of pumpkin spice. Johnny Orr suggests buying two, one to have now and one to age to drink next year. Jason Moore recommends trying this beer with Southern Tier Warlock in a side-by-side comparison.

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Oktoberfest Beers

With Oktoberfest in full swing, most brewing companies have their own beers out for the occasion. Jason Moore prefers Real Ale Oktoberfest, but Johnny Orr likes Ayinger Brewery Oktoberfest best. He claims that this traditional version of a lager is the epitome of the toasty, rich and full-bodied experience you can expect from a good Oktoberfest beer.

Buffalo Bayou's Smoke on the Bayou

Smoke on the Bayou is a beer recommended by Jason Moore. This locally brewed beer has the malt smoked locally at several of Houston's finest barbecue spots. The results are a rich and smoky scotch ale that features prominently heavy caramel and molasses flavors.

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(512) Brewing Bruin

Though this Double Brown Ale comes from an Austin brewery, Johnny Orr suggests it for an alternative to all of the Oktoberfest beers out there. This beer has a hearty, rich flavor without feeling too heavy. The earthy hops nicely balance out the sweet brown sugar and molasses flavors from the malt. You cannot purchase this beer by the bottle, you must get it in stores, but if you ask around, you can find it on tap at some area pubs and growler fill stations.

Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout

If you think beer isn't for breakfast, think again. Hearty beers reign during the cooler autumn months, and one beer that features coffee in its flavor is among those Johnny Orr recommends. He claims that the Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout is one of the best fall beers. This flavorful brew combines chocolate, coffee and oats into the mixture for an unforgettable taste you can enjoy day or night.

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