Witch's Brew

October, with its tailgate parties and heartier foods (think chili and stew), is the month for savoring lusty beers. Like shifting from linen to wool, it’s time to shelf summery quaffs in favor of robust autumn bottles. Here are 10 seasonal selections, along with shorthand tasters’ notes describing their notable characteristics



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1. Caramel
Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen Amber, $10.99/six pack, at Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Rochester; 248-853-6263, and Birmingham; 248-723-9400.

2. Robust
Big Belgian Anniversary Ale, $4/growler, $8/fill, at The Royal Oak Brewery; 248-544-1141, royaloakbrewery.com.

3. Hops
Hofbräu München Oktoberfest, $9.99/six pack, at Westborn Market, three metro Detroit locations; westbornmarket.com.

4. Full-bodied
Bell’s Best Brown Ale, $8.99/six pack, at Holiday Market, Royal Oak; 248-541-1414, and area Whole Foods Markets, wholefoodsmarket.com.

5. Nutty
Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen, $1.99, at Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Rochester; 248-853-6263, and Birmingham; 248-723-9400.

6. Licorice
Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, $9.99/six pack, at Holiday Market, Royal Oak; 248-541-1414, and area Whole Foods Markets, wholefoodsmarket.com.

7. Pumpkin/Malt
Monster Mash Pumpkin Ale or Oktoberfest German Festival Brew, $5/growler, $15/fill, at the Black Lotus Brewery, Clawson; 248-577-1878, blacklotusbrewingco.com.

8. Bitter
Weihenstephaner Festbier, $1.99, at Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Rochester; 248-853-6263, and Birmingham; 248-723-9400.

9. Traditional
Bell’s Oktoberfest Beer, $8.99/six pack, at Holiday Market, Royal Oak; 248-541-1414, and area Whole Foods Markets, wholefoodsmarket.com.

10. Nutmeg
Screaming Pumpkin Spiced Ale, $9/six pack, at Michigan Brewing Co., Webberville, or various specialty stores; 517-521-3600, michiganbrewing.com.

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