Fall is, arguably, one of the greatest times of the year. Not only does the cool weather and changing leaves make it great, but some of the best beers make their debut each year in the fall. Here are our top picks for microbrews for this fall.
Pumpkin beers have been a longtime favorite of the fall-lover. Our personal favorite hails from one of our favorite Colorado towns – Idaho Springs. After a long day of ziplining with AVA, head to the Tommyknocker Brewery for some great food and one of these. This hearty pumpkin ale is the perfect blend of spice with a hint of molasses. Rounded out with real pumpkin, this is the perfect brew to sip around the fire this fall.
Ol’ Stumpy – Colorado Cider Company (Denver, CO) 6.7% ABV
Colorado Cider Company puts a twist on the age-old cider with the Ol’ Stumpy. This cider is made with bittersweet apples with hints of oak and tannis. Ol’ Stumpy is aged for an entire year, 4 months of which is spent in oak Chardonnay barrels.
Not Your Father’s Root Beer is taking brew connoisseurs by storm! But is it worth the hype? Yes, yes it is. Even those who don’t like beer are flocking to the silky smooth flavors of this root beer. Flavors of vanilla, ginger and cinnamon collide together to create this root beer that is actually brewed with hops.
Sculpin IPA – Ballast Point (San Diego, CA) 7% ABV
No fall is complete with a great IPA. Ballast Point serves up the Sculpin IPA, a full-bodied brew that is great for IPA first timers. Sculpin stays true to IPAs with hoppy and bitter features, but somehow avoids being overwhelming. This brew also boasts hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon.
No fall beer list is complete without at least one Oktoberfest in the mix. Our choice hails from our favorite state and yours – Colorado. Left Hand Brewing Company is home to one of our favorite Oktoberfest beers. Not only does it look great in a stein, but the spicy flavors and maltiness are brewed to perfection. Just when you think it can’t get any better, the dry finish makes you want to kick back on a front porch rocking chair and watch the falling leaves.