With the arrival of fall, our beer mood adjusts as well. The lime-infused summer beers are behind us as we shift into autumnal seasonals to warm our souls and prepare us for the colder months ahead. Colorado is home to some of the best micro-breweries in the country, all boasting their version of pumpkin ales and fall seasonals. You really can’t go wrong when sipping a fall varietal in the Mile High. Here are some of Colorado’s seasonal suds that are sure to warm you up from the inside-out.
Fall Seasonals on tap at the Ship Tavern:
Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver, CO) – Colorojo Double Red
The dark, double red beer is a medium-bodied amber ale brewed with rare American hop varietals. The caramel, sweet malt, pine and toffee aromas leave a big autumn taste with a bittersweet finish.
Wynkoop Brewing Company & The Brown Palace (Denver, CO) –Traditional Palace Caskcraft
In partnership with Wynkoop Brewing Company, this customized version of the London Calling IPA was created for the series of special cask beers for the Ship Tavern. This traditional cask brew uses lemon grass and spice notes to create an “extra special bitter” British-style amber ale.
Other Colorado seasonal brews to try:
Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, CO) – Rumpkin
Pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels. This is the first member of the Annual Barrel-Ages Series and is brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm and spiced with nutmeg cinnamon, and ginger.
Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont, CO) – Oktoberfest
Toasty malt flavors dominate up front, and noble hops lead to a spicy, clean lager finish.
Ska Brewing Company (Durango, CO) – Autumnal Mole Stout
Three varieties of chile peppers (Ancho, Guajillo and Hatch Green chiles) combined with cocoa nibs and spices make this southern Colorado ale as important to fall as football is to Sunday.
Epic Brewing Company (Denver, CO) – Imperial Pumpkin Porter
Pumpkin pie beer? Yes, really. This fall beer features the beer as much as the pumpkin and tastes like a chocolate cake with pumpkin spices.