Summer has passed and fall is here once again. With the leaves turning and autumn colors emerging, local beers tend to change, too, getting a little darker in color and heartier in alcohol content. Here’s our list of five amazing fall beers to try from Fort Collins-area breweries during these shorter, cooler days.
Bearcrusher (Equinox Brewing) - Clocking in at a hefty 10.75% ABV, this Russian Imperial Stout is appropriately named. It’s a heavy and robust beer and not for the occasional beer drinker who isn’t ready for such a monster. It also packs a good hop punch with an IBU of 79.
Märzen/Oktoberfest (Zwei Brewing) - This traditional German Märzen, or Oktoberfest, was released at Zwei’s annual Oktoberfest party, and it didn’t disappoint. This is a great fall session beer with a nice reddish brown color. Should be available for a while at the brewery -- as long as people don’t drink it all too quickly. Prost!
Crankenbrew (Snowbank Brewing) - We don’t care if this is technically a fall beer or not because it’s just that damn good and needs to be mentioned. This unique pale ale is infused with coffee and is a standard over at Snowbank. It’s on tap at the brewery and you can find it in bottles too.
Country Pumpkin (City Star Brewing) - It’s pumpkin beer season! This place just makes great beers in many different styles and this Harvest ale is no exception. It’s brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and aged on Madagascar vanilla beans. There’s some love in there too.
Windsor’s Wee Heavy (High Hops Brewery) - This sweet and full-bodied beer makes its mark at a nice 9% ABV with caramel and roasted malt overtones. You can find this beer on tap and in bottles as well, but you really should go to the brewery and sit on the deck to enjoy this beer – along with the view of the mountains.