It’s that time of year again. The leaves are starting to change from bright greens to oranges and reds, the breeze is starting to take on a crisp edge to it and Pumpkin beer will begin to dominate the shelves. But if you’re like me, you could care less about Pumpkin-flavored anything. When the air starts getting cold, I want something with a high ABV (Alcohol By Volume) to keep me warm and a pumpkin is not going to cut it. Fall is the time for sweet and spicy. Hops can have the spring and summer but fall is the time for malt. When it comes to a roasted malty flavor, there’s nothing better than enjoying the deliciousness that is Langunitas’ Hairy Eyeball. Picture this: you’ve just finished raking the lawn and now you’re relaxing in front of crackling bonfire, family and friends gathering around you, as you see off the summer and welcome the fall. Hairy Eyeball is what you want in your hand.
If you’re looking for consistently high-quality beer, look no further than Langunitas out of Petaluma, CA. Checking in at 9.1% ABV, Langunitas describes Hairy Eyeball as being “roasty, toasty, malty” and just what you need once the temperatures start to dip. Available only in the fall months in 22oz bottles or “bombers,” if you can find this seasonal release, snatch it up while you can. Fans of hoppy beers won’t find much love here as this beer’s only 56 IBUs, but what it lacks in hoppiness, it makes up for in toasted malt sweetness.
So, while you’re sitting around that bonfire enjoying this hefty brew with your friends, you’ll want to enjoy it while it’s cold and refreshing right? Well I’ve found that the best way to keep my bombers cold is with a Bomber Jacket. Not only does this jacket keep my beers 50% colder, but it also insulates and protects it, Hairy Eyeball is 9% ABV after all. Plus, the Bomber Jacket has a convenient zipper for easy beer access. As the winter months approach you’ll need your jacket, your bomber should have one too!