The Best Fall Beers of 2016

By Aaron Burns on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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 Denver-area breweries during these shorter, cooler days.


Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel (River North Brewery) - This is a spectacular offering from River North--an Imperial Stout with dark roast coffee, aged in whiskey barrels. Last year's version was 13.5% ABV. Release date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout (Copper Kettle Brewing Co.) - Mexican Chocolate Stout is, arguably, the beer that made Copper Kettle famous. By adding Vanilla Beans, they may have improved on the sublime. Release date: Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Imperial Pumpkin (Dry Dock Brewing Co.) - Autumn just wouldn't be the same without a pumpkin beer. Leave it to Dry Dock to crank it up into the Imperial category. This beer (9.0% ABV) has spice, brown sugar and pumpkin gourd characteristics. Look for it on tap or in bombers.

Pancakes Maple Porter (Renegade Brewing Co.) - If you've had your fill of pumpkin beers, try this for a different take on autumn. It's a dark and roasty porter; the maple extract gives you a hint of sweetness without that cloying feeling.

King Nalu Koa'e Imperial IPA (Declaration Brewing Co.) - Now available in cans, this hop monster features Citra hops. The brewing process was in full swing by mid-September, so you should be enjoying it by early October and throughout the autumn.

Denver Brewery Guide's Fall Beers 2016 - Denver, Colorado