While the official first day of Fall this year was Sept. 23, 2007 no one seemed to inform Mother Nature. fall.gifIt’s been unseasonably hot so far and it’s been completely driving me crazy. Fall is one of my favorite times of year and it almost seemed like we were going to miss it. But then Mother Nature finally woke the hell up and Wednesday’s high in St. Louis was a beautiful 64 degrees. While the cooler temperatures, changing of the leaves and Halloween make for a great time of year, what makes it especially important to me is the fact that it’s time for strong beers.

I have a confession to make, while I love almost all beer, I’ve never been a huge fan of wheat beers. Oh sure, I’m a big fan of Belgian Wits, but that’s because when they’re made right they have this complex spicy/yeasty flavor that I find facinating. On the whole I find that most wheat beers are pretty boring. But when it’s 100 degrees and you’re trying to enjoy some outdoor entertainment, you’ll have a difficult time downing an Imperial Stout.

But now it’s on. It’s the time of year where you walk outside and think to yourself, “This is drinking weather.” The time of year where you may sit around a fire-pit with some friends and sit back and sip a beer with an ABV that would require an extra digit or two if you needed to count it out on your fingers. What’s even better is that most of these big beers are sold in big bottles which makes them perfect for sharing with friends.

This is an exciting time of year to see what brewers are going to dazzle us with next. Is it going to be a big malty Belgian beer or is it going to be a roasty porter that seems to warm you with each sip? No matter what the style is, try and make an effort this Fall to find a beer that excites your taste buds and makes you happy that Summer has finally ended.