Craft beer in the U.S. these days is full of extreme, full-flavored brews that push the envelope of complexity. This is great if you’re sharing a special bottle with a friend or two, or savoring a single beer at the end of the evening. But what if you want to drink a few beers while being social at a bar? What if you have to drive? What if you you don’t have any friends?
A bottle of that 12% ABV, triple fermented, whole hop cone, barrel aged, jasmine and chipotle pepper spiced Belgian IPA might make you forget the ‘no friends’ thing for awhile, but it also might make you fall asleep on the couch with the lights on.
In honor of the forthcoming Great American Beer Festival (October 11–13 in Denver) , we present a list of 10 approachable Colorado beers in a range of styles. All are flavorful, interesting and under 6.0% ABV.
New Belgium Shift Pale Lager: New Belgium uses full flavored Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops typically used in pale ales and IPAs to give this brew hints of passionfruit and a crisp citrus finish that make it much sexier than the average lager (5.0% ABV).
Dry Dock Apricot Blonde: This refreshing offering from one of the Denver area’s best small breweries contains real apricots that give it a nice fruity sweetness, but is also balanced enough to still taste like beer (5.1% ABV).
River North White: An authentic and outstanding Belgian style wit from this relatively new Blake Street brewery known mostly for innovative and strong beers styles. River North Wit has refreshing lemon and citrus flavors with a layer of herbal spice, pepper and a crisp finish (5.0% ABV).
Avery Joe’s American Pilsner: This beer is packed with flavor and showcases the floral notes of German noble hops. It is often difficult to find pilsners done well in the US and this one doesn’t disappoint (4.7% ABV).
TRVE Brewing Wanderlust Belgo-American Pale Ale: The flagship beer of this brand new and very friendly South Broadway neighborhood brewery, Wanderlust is a delicious marriage of tart apricot fruit esters from the use of Belgian yeast and notes of tropical fruit from Nelson Sauvin hops (5.5% ABV).
Boulder Hazed and Infused: This unfiltered amber ale is dry hopped to give it a wonderfully bitter zing that is great for hopheads and makes it drink like an “IPA Light” (5.0% ABV).
Upslope Pale Ale: This is a great post-hike thirst quencher brewed with Patagonian hops from Argentina pilsner malts that give it a more subdued flavor and a crisp finish, closer to a flavorful lager (5.8% ABV).
Bristol Laughing Lab Scottish Style Ale: A highly decorated GABF medal winner, Laughing Lab has the big, malty sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar, and maple that are usually only found in much stronger versions of this style (5.0% ABV).
Denver Beer Co. Graham Cracker Porter: This GABF bronze medal winner has notes of vanilla, cinnamon spice, and roasted malt sweetness that tastes like a ‘campfire in a glass’ and make it the rare anytime dark beer (5.9% ABV).
Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale: This is a refreshing and lively pale ale that is infused with whole hop flowers. 5 Barrel has multiple layers of flavor and hoppy aromatics without being overwhelming which makes it very drinkable (5.2% ABV).
Come party with us at Franklin Park with Sixpoint Brewing Company...read more ›
If there's no phone beneath it, the glass will tip over....read more ›
The idea of pairing beer with food was one of the "radical" concepts that helped the American craft beer movement gain steam....read more ›
The drinks famous New Yorkers like to imbibe can be classic or as eccentric as their colorful personalities....read more ›
A product that supposedly can save you from having to settle for boring Bud...read more ›
Look for even more releases from the new craft distillery in the future....read more ›
It's easy to open your home, your patio, your backyard or even your tiny balcony to host a casual outdoor wine party....read more ›
If you've imbibed it all and are looking for a new adventure, check out the curiosities we've uncovered. ...read more ›
This beer is entirely worth your time and effort. You might even find yourself asking for s'more. ...read more ›
If you've been saving up or looking for a fun beer-centric escape, SAVOR is for you....read more ›
It's time to begin thinking about one of the great pleasures of springtime: an afternoon sitting under the shade of a blossoming tree, stationed at a ...read more ›
One category the Mid-Atlantic is doing better than anyone else right now is India Pale Ales, and these five are tops. ...read more ›