Great fall beers from Colorado

It’s that time again.  The summer through early autumn festival season is winding down, now we can look forward to the beers that hug us like a nice snuggie of deliciousness during the winter.  But before we dive in to the deep, dark beers that keep us warm as snow blankets our great state, we take a pit stop and enjoy some amazing spiced beers, like Oktoberfest, pumpkin and harvest brews.  You can find amazing fall seasonals that remind you of a chill in the air around the state at most breweries; but there are definitely some you should make an effort to find.

One of the most talked about beers perfect for fall comes from Boulder’s Avery Brewing.  The Kaiser, an Imperial Oktoberfest, is sure to catch your attention, weighing in at 9.3% ABV.  The sweet and caramel aroma gives you a hint of the flavor, and it finishes with some German malt character and just a hint of spice.  Avery brought together the major aspects of a traditional Oktoberfest and took it to another level when they created this Imperial Oktoberfest.

Bristol Brewing, in Colorado Springs, puts out a beer every year called the Venetucci Pumpkin Ale, with 150 pounds of fresh pumpkins in each batch.  The pumpkins are picked by the folks from Bristol at the local Venetucci Farm.  100% of the profits from the sale of the brew goes directly back to the farm, which donates thousands of pumpkins every year to local kids, and provides educational programs for the community.  This spiced, malty ale is a great beer for a great cause.  This beer never lasts long, so if you are looking to find it you should probably plan ahead.

Great Divide has not one, but two delicious beers perfect for fall.  Fresh Hop, an American Pale Ale, is crisp and refreshing.  You can tell just from a quick whiff that Fresh Hop is jammed full of it’s namesake.  The September hop harvest gives Great Divide the chance to use fresh picked hops, shipped overnight directly to the brewery.  The brewers time their batch so that they can add the hops as soon as they arrive.  Their attention to detail creates an unbeatable fresh tasting American Pale Ale.  Also from Great Divide comes the annual release of Old Ruffian, a complex and balanced barley wine.  Perfect for fall, Old Ruffian has quite a bit of hop bitterness, but also has an amazing caramel character than is unmistakable.

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