There is nothing quite like chasing the North Shore’s magnificent fall colors during this time of year. The maple leaf transforms into a vibrant red and the birch leaves golden, allowing breathtaking tree line views from the mountain tops. Now imagine breathing in that cool crisp air and taking in nature’s beauty all while sipping on some of the area’s best craft beer.  Ahh perfection, am I right? Whether you stop in the taprooms for a pint or crack open a crowler at the peak of your hike, the beer can always be found. But you better hurry if you want to catch the Autumn views and vibrant leaves because those won’t last long!

Here is a list of my top recommended breweries and beers to enjoy during your magical North Shore fall tour.

Canal Park Brewing Co–With 6 of their signature beers winning awards between 2014-2020 it’s obvious why this is at the top of my list. There’s nothing else that will have you saying, “Hello Fall Vibes!” more than their recently released Carved Pumpkin Lager! This all-women brewed beer is pumpkin perfection from start to finish.

Hoops Brewing–Offering up to 30 selections of quality handcrafted beer, all brewed with the pristine water of Lake Superior. What better way to bask in the autumn vibes than to sip on the Apple Ale? A slightly sweet and tart ale brewed with apples from a local orchard. It’s like drinking hot apple cider but…you know…cold.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co–Striving to make drinkable and balanced beers with an edge of inventiveness for all beer lovers to enjoy. A must take beer on your scenic trip is the Lolly Gagger Pale Ale. After a full day of adventure and activity, it’s great to sit back and enjoy this bright, hop-forward pale ale. 

Castle Danger Brewery–Castle Danger is conveniently located in Two Harbors, MN on the route of the fall tour. How satisfying to travel up the North Shore drinking a lager named after… you guessed it, the North Shore! The North Shore Lager is a classic Vienna-style lager with a brilliant amber color. It is a balanced beer with flavors of toasted bread, caramel, and spicy Noble hops that finishes clean and dry. It’s the perfect complement to your North Shore experience.

While this list may seem minimal the beers I have recommended are not. Each one brewed with delicious ingredients and packed with flavor. I hope this encourages you to seek the North Shore while the leaves are turning. And most importantly encourages you to support your local breweries!

–Lexy Ward