We’re in a new phase of life, my husband and I. We have a teenager.
Along with all the other things that entails, though, is this huge development. We can leave the house together. Like, without planning and budgeting for a sitter. And without scaring off our relatives who visit by roping them into babysitting for a night. The funny thing is, now that we have a live-in sitter, we don’t actually do date nights very often. Instead, we’ve been popping out for an hour or so on a lazy weekend afternoon to try new breweries.
There’s a lot of good seasonal beer out there right now, my friends. And it’s fun because we’re getting the tail end of the autumny stuff, but we’re also getting some nice cozy winter flavors going on. I checked in with Eric, the beer and liquor manager at Tipsy’s Liquor World here in Littleton, and he gave me some recommendations for great seasonal brews to try out right now. He even conveniently labeled them “fall” and “winter” — so my advice is try the fall ones first before they go away, then move on into winter.
These are all available at Tipsy’s and other local liquor stores around Colorado (or you can head to the actual brewery and see what they’ve got going on there…your choice!)
- Breckenridge Brewery’s Autumn Ale (fall) — Eric loves this beer with a bunch of exclamation points. Very roasty and malty.
- Breckenridge Brewery’s Pumpkin Spice Latte (fall) — This is my favorite quote from Eric, “Duh!! Who doesn’t want a PSL Beer!!??” And he’s so right.
- Prost Brewing’s Marzen Oktoberfest (fall) — A full bodied, malty lager. Yum!
- Denver Beer Company’s Hey Pumpkin! (fall) — I feel like pumpkin beer is a love-it or hate-it thing. I love it. Made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Yes.
- Avery Brewing’s Old Jubilation (winter) — A strong ale that tastes of hazlenuts, with some mocha, and toffee hints thrown in.
- Great Divide’s Hibernation Ale (winter) — their winter tradition for over 20 years. Malty and warming.
- Big Choice Brewing’s Poblano Stout (winter) — a nice creamy stout with a little heat. That’s what I’M talking about.
Do you have a favorite Colorado beer? I’m always looking for suggestions!