Six Colorado pumpkin beers to help you get your gourd on
Pumpkin beers. Love 'em or hate 'em, they are becoming more prevalent every year -- and hitting liquor store shelves earlier and earlier. In fact, there were several varieties available in mid-July despite the fact that people were still lighting up leftover fireworks. Now that it's September and the cool air is flowing in, it's time to take a look at a few new or special pumpkin offerings from Colorado breweries.
The following should make for a nice six-pack.
Dry Dock Brewing
Dry Dock took the traditional pumpkin beer it had been brewing for several years for the taproom only and ramped it up to 9 percent ABV for this bomber bottle release. And while the alcohol lends a smooth, sweet flavor, it is well hidden by the spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cloves.
New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium refreshes its lineup every couple of years, and this season it's added Pumpkick, a traditional pumpkin beer with the "added kick" of cranberries to give it a slightly tart taste. Pumpkick is also brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. The 6 percent ABV beer "pours a rosy orange glow with light haze and cream-colored foam," the brewery says. Pumpkick hit shelves in July.
Fermentation Without Representation
When Salt Lake City-based Epic Brewing opened its major new Denver brewery in July, that meant that the brewery's beers would all be distributed in Colorado. So although Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter isn't a new beer, it's new to us, and it will now be brewed in Denver. A collaboration with DC Brau, the 8 percent ABV is made with pumpkin, vanilla, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, and it carries a chocolate flavor from the malts that makes it rich, warming and unusual.