Highlighting Five Favorite Fall Beers with Hazel’s Liquor Store

By the end of summer, most people are ready to transition out of summer and into fall. The swimsuits get stored away, the flannels get pulled out, the gazpacho recipe is removed from the counter, and the fridge finally gets filled with delicious fall beer. 

While every season has its highlights, there’s nothing quite like picking up a six-pack of pumpkin ales to crack into while bundled up on the porch, especially as the Colorado leaves begin to radically transform seemingly overnight. 

As a way to get a jump on fall beer shopping, the folks at Hazel’s Liquor Store came up with a list of five beers to that has something for just about any enthusiast, casual drinker or anyone in between. 

 

Name: Ayinger Oktoberfest-Märzen

Brewery: Ayinger Privatbrauerei

Style: German Märzen/Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.8%

What’s the flavor? Caramel, soft toffee 

Aroma? Malty

Would taste best with? Roasted chicken, clam chowder

Overall: This fall release represents what a classic Oktoberfest is all about!

Recommended by: Derek Ridge, Beer Manager

 

Name: Dogfish Punkin Ale

Brewery: Dogfish Head

Style: Pumpkin

ABV: 7.0%

What’s the flavor? Pumpkin and brown sugar

Aroma? Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Would taste best with? Sharp cheddar, turkey 

Overall: Although it may seem like it would overwhelm the senses, it has a nice subtle balance throughout. Dogfish Head stays true to their classic reputation of unique and innovative brews.

Recommended by: Derek Ridge

 

Name: Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

Brewery: Avery

Style: German Märzen Oktoberfest

ABV: 8%

What’s the flavor? Caramel malt, heavy toastiness, dry 

Aroma? Malty, noble hops, spicy

Would taste best with? Sauerkraut, potato salad

Overall: Imperial Oktoberfest is at the opposite end of the fall style spectrum from the Festbier. Avery’s Kaiser is a great example of the Oktoberfest style, plus a little extra punch.

Recommended by: Andrew Jentz, Assistant Beer Manager

 

Name: Hoss Oktoberfest Lager

Brewery: Great Divide

Style: German Märzen/Oktoberfest 

ABV: 6.2%

What’s the flavor? Caramel, earthy spice, rye

Aroma? Rye, spicy 

Would taste best with? Pork tacos, Camembert cheese, German chocolate cake

Overall: Great Divide’s Hoss is a slight departure from the traditional German Märzen. This is the perfect beer for autumn weather.

Recommended by: Liz Ali, Beer Department

 

Name: Festbier

Brewery: Boulder Beer

Style: Festbier

ABV:  5.4%

What’s the flavor? Malty, clean, very low bitterness

Aroma? Lightly toasted bread, noble hops 

Would taste best with? Bratwurst, pretzels

Overall: This style falls somewhere between a German Helles Lager and a Märzen. This beer will surely be a perfect supplement to any fall activity!

Recommended by: Andrew Jentz