The Brews of Autumn

By John Lehndorff
All photos courtesy of retailers

SWEATER WEATHER calls for hearty Oktoberfest ales, pumpkin beers and cream stouts

LEFT: Spice Trade Brewing Pumpkin Spice Latte 
This Greenwood Village brewery known for its unusually flavored brews produces Pumpkin Spice Latte Ale every holiday

season using Novo Coffee, pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla and spices.

RIGHT: Lone Tree Brewing Vanilla Caramel Amber 
This traditional American amber ale balances the hops with crystal malt and Madagascar vanilla beans.  

All it takes is a week of colder temperatures and a sunny afternoon of raking leaves and we start dreaming about the return of the fall flavors. Suddenly, our favorite ice-cold summer ales and fizzy hard seltzers lose their appeal. We start smacking our lips over spicy pumpkin beers, steins of malty Oktoberfest ale and snifters of heavy stout. These traditional autumn brewery releases have the heft we need for football games, getting through corn mazes and pairing with roast turkey. We don’t have to look beyond our south metro neighborhood to find breweries offering a cornucopia of fall releases. Here are a few of our favorites available at tasting rooms and in cans, bottles and at retailers.

LEFT: Gingerbread Powder Run Ale
Vanilla, fresh ginger and other spices add warmth and zest to this autumnal American cream ale.

RIGHT: Holidaily Brewing Co. Patchy Waters Pumpkin Ale 
Named after a beloved family sailboat, Patchy Waters lets you drift into the change of seasons with a smooth pumpkin ale brewed with organic pumpkin and a blend of fall spices.  

Living The Dream Brewing Co. 

Spice Trade Brewing 
Greenwood Village

Holidaily Brewing Co. 
Greenwood Village

Lone Tree Brewing Company 
Lone Tree

Other Local Holiday Brews

Dry Dock Brewing Docktoberfest,
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin Ale,
Avery Brewing Rumpkin,
Breckenridge Brewery Autumn Ale,


Clean WIne

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check for specifics.


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