5 Great Orange County Beers for an OC Autumn

There's more to fall beer!
There's more to fall beer!
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Better in more than just a snifter!
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Like their beer, Artifex Brewing is, indeed, new in town. These guys recently opened in San Clemente, and you may have stumbled into them at one of this summer's many beer festivals. If you've yet to check them out, then there is no better time than this fall season. Their New In Town Brown ale is quite the pleasure. New In Town Brown's rich malt backbone sets the stage for its pleasant drinkability. With a modest ABV at 5.3 percent, don't be shy to order more than one.

4. Way Heavy (Pizza Port Brewing Co.)

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Wayyyy Heavy
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A valiant take on the traditional Scotch Ale -- also known as Wee Heavy -- Pizza Port's Way Heavy has charmed enough judges to make this beer one of the brewery's most decorated. The Scotch Ale, seldom brewed but never forgotten, fits the autumn aesthetic effortlessly with its rich toffee notes, and Way Heavy is a fine representation of the style. This medium bodied beer, full of raisins, fig and caramel notes, would pair beautifully with any fall-inspired dessert. If you give this 8.4 percent ABV beer a little time to warm up, you'll be in for a smooth dark chocolate treat. Available on tap in the San Clemente location; just look for the beer with the medals next to its name.

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