Dr. B and I love fall more than anything else and we love to celebrate by driving through the Rocky Mountains to see all of the colors. Colorado had a great year of snow and rainfall and it contributes to the excellent golds, yellows, and reds present around Clear Creek and especially on our drive to Steamboat Springs last week.
Below are our Top Five Fall Beers and fall-inspired ink.
We purposefully chose craft beer that arrives in the fall and sticks around for a couple weeks or a few months…and none with pumpkin. (It’s not that we don’t like pumpkin beer, we’ve seen enough pumpkin beer lists to last a lifetime.) Hope you’ve had the beer on this list or can find it somewhere – it’s divine!
Fest Devious Marzen
Epic Brewing (Colorado, Utah)
The Fest Devious line is similar to Epic’s Exponential Line in that the beers will be limited batches of highly creative recipes designed for the Fall Seasons palate. Fest Devious is a light copper colored Märzen Lager made from Weyerman Pilsner, CaraMunich, Munich Malt 20, and Bonlander Munich Malt. Hoppped with Premiant, Tettnang and Saaz hops.
Great Lakes Brewing (Ohio)
Long before the hunky vampires of True Blood and Twilight, there lurched Nosferatu, the first cinematic Dracula (with names changed for lack of movie rights). Great Lakes’ tribute beer is a bit of monster at 8% ABV, marrying bold roasty, caramel malts with grassy Cascade hops and fruity, floral Simcoes. It’s certainly a beer for warming up as winter’s chill creeps in. Some consider the beer an imperial red ale, or more vaguely, an American strong ale, as this devil is hard to nail down thanks to the wide ranging, yet balanced hop and malt notes. 8%
Founder’s Brewing (Michigan)
While Founders’ stout lacks the nutritional value of a good breakfast, the combination of oats and coffee certainly taste like the day’s most important meal. In addition to the Kona and Sumatra beans, brewers add dark chocolate for a smooth (thank the oats), massively roasty beer that makes other coffee stouts seem like uninspired gas station java. At 8.3% ABV, Breakfast Stout can warm you as we head into winter. And, thanks to the big, sweet flavors, it provides the perfect liquid dessert if you decide to stick with solids in the morning. For an even bigger kick, seek out Founders’ rare, bourbon-barrel-aged version, the Kentucky Breakfast Stout. 8.3%
Deschutes Brewing (Oregon)
Born in a ski town, Deschutes Brewery knows what it’s like to be endlessly in pursuit of untouched perfection—chasing pristine powder slopes on mountain flanks. In similar fashion, Deschutes Brewery will chase down Gamache Farms’ famed fresh Amarillo hops for this year’s vintage. Chasin’ Freshies, which first appeared in the Bend pub and came out in its bottle debut last fall featuring heirloom Cascade hops, is a nod to the snow and hop enthusiasts we’ve entertained for the last 25 years at our downtown gathering spot. You’ll most definitely want to seize the moment and enjoy the bold, juicy aroma and flavor that comes but once a year.
Avery Brewing (Colorado)
We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. 15-18% ABV.
Fall Tattoos Worth Celebrating
Some people like fall enough to permanently ink the season on their bodies. We hope you enjoy these tattoos as much as we did!