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Pints in Autumn Colors: The best fall seasonal beers
September 20, 2014
After stumbling into my kitchen early this morning to make my first coffee of the day, I noticed that the leaves on the oak tree in front of my house had subtly begun to show tinges of yellow. While this is an early warning that I will be doing more raking and bagging then I would care to in the near future, it also means that it is officially time for the seasonal foods and beers that come with this time of year. I find this to be one of the more important reasons that fall is my favorite season (as well as being able to watch the Nightmare Before Christmas without people being all judgy like….it’s a good movie, I’ll watch it in July if I feel like it dag nabit!) Of course there are a few fall seasonal’s of which I am particularly fond, and it would be downright rude of me not to share a few of these with you all:
Pumpkick by New Belgium: I am a big fan of well brewed pumpkin ales this time of year, and while there are several that I enjoy the one that I have a special affinity for is Pumpkick. I was introduced to this gem of an ale during a tour at New Belgium’s Mothership in Ft Collin’s (or as I like to call it the Willy Wonka factory of beer) and was privileged in having one directly from the bottling line. What makes Pumpkick so special is the addition of cranberries, providing just enough tartness to balance out the sweetness of the pumpkin and spices. Unlike allot of pumpkin beers out there, this one isn’t overly heavy or an assault of cinnamon and nutmeg as is found in lesser quality offerings in this vein. The complex yet comforting ale will be a mainstay in my house as long as it is available this fall, and I recommend everyone give it a try to understand why I enjoy it so much (although I do prefer the old label for it better….wink wink nudge nudge New Belgium)
Oktoberfest Bier by Paulaner: This beer is a big reason I’m going to Munich for my birthday. Paulaner’s Oktoberfest has a quality about it that is hard to put into words without coming across as anything other than a cheesy understatement. This beer has all of the malty, bready and crisp tastes one would expect out of a proper German lager with a little extra “warmth” that simply tastes like fall. I have fond memories of having a stein of this fine beer in crisp fall evenings at Café Berlin here in Denver and while grilling brats for fall hangouts in my backyard. It will continue to be part of my fall traditions and I’m sure some of y’all’s as well.
Manannan by Trve Brewing: It should come as no surprise that something from the Trve made it on this list. As I have written in the Metal Beer posts before (click on the Metal Beer or Trve keyword of on there to give them a read) I am a big fan of the Mythical Occult Series, the barrel aged sours that show off the skills of Trve’s brewing staff. Of the beers in this lineup, Manannan is best suited for the fall, with distinct aroma’s and flavors of cherry’s and caramel complimented by just the right amount of oak from the barrels in which it is aged. Each batch of Manannan (and the rest of the barrel aged sours) is slightly different from the last, so I recommend picking up a bottle to experience the subtle variations that play on the base characteristics already mentioned.
These are just a few of the many excellent fall beers that are out there, and represent three very different tastes of fall. I plan to enjoy each of them in the near future as the air turns crisp, the leaves begin to paint the mountains in hues of yellow red and brown and we begin to trade burgers on the barbeque for the cozy foods of fall. Now that I’ve shared a few of my favorites, feel free to share a few of yours with me on Twitter. Happy fall everyone, cheers!
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