Fall is probably your favorite season. Just a lucky guess. It’s also the most prolific time of the year for seasonal beer releases whether you like them all or not. But a true beer lover will find plenty to enjoy, including the following six beers in Peaks and Pints’ cooler.
BOBTOBERFEST, Heater Allen Brewing: This beer is named for owner Rick Allen’s late brother, Bob, the person who sparked his interest in brewing lager beers in general and Oktoberfest beers in particular. Bobtoberfest is bright amber in color; rich, malty, and smooth, with a just touch of clean hop bitterness. 6.1%, 16.9oz
HAZY DELL IPA, Brothers Cascadia Brewing: The Northwest Hazel Dell brewery unleashed two hazy IPAs in cans this week, You Like ’A Da Juice IPA and Hazy Dell IPA, the later sports huge tropical and citrus hop character with aroma of peach, pineapple and orange and a dank, full body. 7.1%, 16oz
JUICY GOODNESS GOLDEN ALE, Left Hand Brewing: This Golden Ale is brewed with Azacca and Ekuanot hops and then dry-hopped with Mosaic. The hop combination in Juicy Goodness gives it bright, citrus hops in the bouquet and on the palate. The slightly hazy and low bitterness golden ale is brewed for those times when you want an abundance of hops, but not a lot of alcohol or bitterness. 5.5%, 12oz
KAISER IMPERIAL OKTOBERFEST, Avery Brewing: The Kaiser, an Imperial Oktoberfest, part of the “Dictator Series” from Avery Brewing Co. of Boulder, Colorado, is big and fruity, kind of like Kaiser Wilhelm II himself — although he was a militaristic fruitcake with mommy issues. 9.5%, 12oz
OKTOBERFEST LAGER, Bayern Brewing: Bayern Brewing’s owner, Jurgen Knoller, came to Missoula, Montana from southwestern Germany in 1987 and the brewery today still brews this beer according to the standards of the Brewers’ Guild of Munich, which was established in 1815 when they brewed this Bavarian Dark Märzen for the first time to celebrate the royal wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Maria Theresia. 6%, 12oz
RYEPA, pFriem Family Brewers: IPAs, in general, emphasize the bitterness of hops with herbal, citrus and piney character in their aroma and flavor. Add rye and the IPA takes on spicy and bready qualities. pFriem’s version has the resiny and grapefruit notes from the hops with the added bonus of the spicy rye giving it a little gingerbread kiss. 6.4%, 16.9oz