Warm up with these 10 fall beer pairings that you can make at home

Create the ultimate autumnal menu

By Lydia Schrandt,

10Best asked our readers to choose the nation's best fall seasonal beers as part of our 2017 Readers' Choice contest, and the winners run the gamut from traditional pumpkin ales and Oktoberfests to hop-forward IPAs. We've taken each of these award-winning fall beers and paired it with a recipe from The Food Channel to create the ultimate fall meal. 

Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale & Pumpkin Spiced Ale Pretzels with Chipotle Pumpkin Dip

Pair this winning seasonal ale with warm spiced pumpkin pretzels — Photo courtesy of Four Noses Brewing Company & The Food Channel

Brewed with real pumpkin puree and a blend of seasonal spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and brown sugar – Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale from 4 Noses Brewing Company in Broomfield, Colo. is a fall favorite, perfect for sipping during the season when leaves begin to turn. 

For the perfect fall football snack, pair it with some pumpkin spice ale pretzels (the beer goes right into the recipe, as well as your mouth) with a warming chipotle pumpkin dip. The dip is great on its own, or as a condiment.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Ale Pretzels with Chipotle Pumpkin Dip

Hazelnut Brown Nectar & Beef and Guinness Stout Pie

The nutty flavors of this brown ale pair perfectly with a bold beef stew — Photo courtesy of Rogue Ales & The Food Channel

Headquartered in Newport, Ore., Rogue Ales brews up a traditional European-style brown ale with a nutty twist. Hazelnut Brown Nectar makes for a perfect cool weather beer thanks to its rich brown color, full flavor and smooth, malty finish.

On a cool autumn evening, pair it with a hearty beef and stout pie, an Irish favorite made with beer-braised beef, caramelized mushrooms and fresh thyme. While the recipe calls for Guinness, you can substitute Hazelnut Brown Nectar instead for a more perfect pairing.

Get the recipe: Beef & Guinness Stout Pie

Hopzeit Autumn IPA & Grilled Pork Tenderloin Bahn Mi

The hop-forward flavors of this märzen-style beer pair well with pork tenderloin — Photo courtesy of Deschutes Brewery & The Food Channel

Deschutes Brewery's Hopzeit Autumn IPA, a German märzen-style beer out of Bend, Ore., isn't your traditional Oktoberfest beer. German hops add notes of herbs, fruits and spices to balance out the maltiness.

Perfect for a warmer autumn afternoon, pair it with a fresh and flavorful Vietnamese sandwich, called a bahn mi, made with marinated and grilled pork tenderloin, crunchy pickled vegetables, fiery fresh jalapeños, cucumber ribbons and a chile mayo layered on a flaky French baguette.

Get the recipe: Grilled Pork Tenderloin Bahn Mi

Mop Water & Pub Nachos with Irish Ale Cheddar Sauce

Recreate the Irish pub experience with Mop Water and a pile of kettle chip nachos — Photo courtesy of Cape May Brewing Co & The Food Channel

German malts and warm autumn flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and whole bean vanilla make Mop Water from Cape May Brewing Co. a comforting autumn evening sipper.

Recreate a cozy evening at the pub in your own home by pairing this autumn spiced ale with a pile of Irish-style kettle chip nachos smothered in bubbly beer cheese sauce, bacon, jalapeños, avocado and sour cream.

Get the recipe: Pub Nachos with Irish Ale Cheddar Sauce

Festbier & Cochinita Pibil

The sweet notes of this German-style märzen complement spicy Mexican flavors — Photo courtesy of Victory Brewing Company & The Food Channel

Victory Brewing Company, headquartered in Downingtown, Pa., celebrates the friendships and camaraderie of Oktoberfest season with a full-bodied and malty märzen known as Festbier.

The subtly sweet and delicate malt flavors of this brew, made from German malts and hops, pairs well with spicy Latin flavors, like those found in cochinita pibil, an authentic Mexican dish made with achiote-rubbed pork shoulder, slow-simmered and served on fresh flour tortillas.

Get the recipe: Cochinita Pibil

Midnight Autumn Maple & Brownie Pumpkin Pie

A decadent beer, like Midnight Autumn Maple, calls for a decadent dessert — Photo courtesy of The Bruery & The Food Channel

The Bruery in Placentia, Calif. gives the fall seasonal a dark twist with their Midnight Autumn Maple, an imperial ale brewed with midnight wheat, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, maple syrup and a healthy helping of yams.

A decadent beer calls for an equally decadent dessert, and that's where this brownie pumpkin pie comes in. Use your favorite brownie recipe or a convenient mix to impress with this easy and delicious fall crowd pleaser.

Get the recipe: Brownie Pumpkin Pie

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oktoberfest & Chicago Style Hot Dogs

Host your own all-American Oktoberfest with hot dogs and beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co. — Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing Company & The Food Channel

You needn't fly across the ocean to celebrate Oktoberfest. Instead, grab a bottle (or six pack) of Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Oktoberfest seasonal, brewed in Cleveland, Ohio.

To put an all-American spin on this German brew, serve it alongside easy-to-make Chicago-style hot dogs – a pairing perfect for a fall backyard barbecue or game day tailgate party.

Get the recipe: Chicago Style Hot Dogs

Punkin Ale & Smoked Cheddar Double Baked Potatoes

The sharp cheddar in these twice baked potatoes matches perfectly with the warm autumn notes of Punkin Ale — Photo courtesy of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery & The Food Channel

As fall temperatures begin to drop, Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. is there to warm you up with flavors of brown sugar, spices and real pumpkin meat. 

This full-bodied brown ale pairs well with the sharp cheddar cheese used to make these smoky, gooey twice baked potatoes.

Get the recipe: Smoked Cheddar Double Baked Potatoes

Harvest Ale & Thai Basil Chicken Wraps

The bright citrus flavors of Harvest Ale match well with these light Thai-inspired lettuce wraps — Photo courtesy of Founders Brewing Co. & The Food Channel

You won't find the usual fall flavors of pumpkin and spice in this autumn seasonal from Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Instead, the brewery celebrates the hop harvest with a bright and aromatic IPA bursting with flavors of pine, citrus and melon.

This bright beer needs a bright dish, like these light Thai basil chicken wraps served with peanut sauce for dipping. 

Get the recipe: Thai Basil Chicken Wrap

Pumking Imperial Ale & Sage Butter-Roasted Turkey

Serve this Thanksgiving beer with an herb butter-roasted turkey — Photo courtesy of edwin / Flickr & The Food Channel

The king of pumpkin beers, Pumking Imperial Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company in Pittsburgh is packed with classic fall flavors – sweet malt, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and a slight hoppy bitterness – perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

Put a twist on the turkey this holiday season by rubbing fresh sage-seasoned butter under the skin before roasting for a moist and juicy, golden brown bird.

Get the recipe: Sage Butter-Roasted Turkey