Enjoy autumn with these seasonal craft beers from some of Denver and Colorado's best breweries.
1. Pancakes Maple Porter — Renegade Brewing Company
This aptly named maple porter is reminiscent of warm pancakes drizzled in maple syrup, and the sweet flavor is balanced by dark and roasty malts. Drop into Renegade’s Art District on Santa Fe tasting room to try it out.
2. The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest Lager — Avery Brewing Company
A super-charged, Colorado version of a traditional Oktoberfest brew, Avery’s Kaiser offers a deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral and pungent noble hops, all combining into a beer experience like no other. Pair it with traditional Oktoberfest fare like bratwurst, sauerkraut and potato salad.
3. Autumn Ale — Breckenridge Brewery
Blending the maltiness of a German lager with the crispness of an American ale, Breckenridge’s entry into the fall beer category is a serious contender. Full-bodied, slightly sweet and positively toasty, ask for this one at the Ale House at Amato’s in LoHi, Breckenridge Brewery Colorado Craft in the Historic Ballpark District or at the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton.
4. Avarice Belgian-Style Imperial Stout — River North Brewery
There’s one upside to the shorter days of fall: the plethora of dark seasonal beers on tap. And this “sinful” brew is one of the darkest! Head to River North’s new location in north Denver to try this Belgian-style imperial stout that its creators describe as “so dark no light can escape it.”
5. Oktoberfest Marzen Lager — Left Hand Brewing Company
Hoist a stein this fall to Left Hand’s Oktoberfest, a beer with plenty of malt, followed by a spicy, dry finish. Located in nearby Longmont, the brewery’s patio is a great spot to kick back and enjoy the fall weather.
6. Fresh Hop Pale Ale — Great Divide Brewing Co.
Head to Great Divide’s Tap Room in downtown Denver or their new Barrel Bar in RiNo to enjoy this hoppy wonder. Brewed in the fall with wet, whole cone hops from the Pacific Northwest, Fresh Hop is one of The Mile High City’s perfect seasonal sips.
7. Pumpkick Spiced Seasonal Ale — New Belgium Brewing Company
This ale is brewed with pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, but the addition of cranberry juice and lemongrass gives it a bright finish you won’t find in any other pumpkin beer.
8. Marzen Attacks Festbier — Little Machine Beer
This easy-drinking brew is the perfect companion for your Oktoberfest celebrations, with a malt-forward aroma and a clean, lager finish.
9. Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale — Tommyknocker Brewery
Take a day trip to Idaho Springs this fall and celebrate the harvest season with this hearty ale. Brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses, Small Patch has a malty backbone rounded out by the addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle.
10. Oktoberfest — Platt Park Brewing Co.
A traditional fall favorite with the Old South Pearl crowd, this smooth lager includes notes of honey, chestnut and brown sugar.