Switching up Your Craft Beer Palate for the Upcoming Fall Season

Sep 14, 2016 -- Posted by : Annie

Pug's Craft Brews for the Fall

Here in Dillon, Colo. the leaves are starting to change color and fall is just around the corner. We start to say goodbye to the summer atmosphere and welcome the crisp mountain air. This type of weather encourages change and local brewery, Pug Ryan’s is very excited to release two specialty beers to their draft that will bring the essence of fall right to your taste buds. Expect to see ESB and Oktoberfest added to their list of craft brews Sept. 16.

Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

Brew master Dave Simmons loves crafting the ESB since it takes on a form of himself, standing for “Extra Special Bitter.” Traditionally, an ESB is characterized as an American-style ale. This ESB has an International Bitter Unit or IBU of 57 and the alcohol content is at 5.3 percent. While the ESB is less hoppy than a pale ale, the hops are what stand out in this beer. They use 40 pounds of fresh hops that are locally harvested from Paonia, Colo. Once these hops are harvested, they are delivered straight to the brewery and brewed less than 48 hours later. This two-day period of containing the freshness of the hops is how the beer flourishes as a refreshing beverage. This ESB has flavor, aroma, and bitterness at a medium to medium-high. The color can range from amber to deep-colored copper and is pleasing to any hop head.

Pug's Oktoberfest Beer

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The Oktoberfest beer is brewer Warren Rosenkranz’s tribute to one of the biggest, beer loving festivals. Oktoberfest started in the 1800s when the Bavarian Prince married Princess Therese and all the citizens of Munich were invited to join in on the festivities. Over time, these festivities turned into Germany’s largest event of the year celebrating with food, costumes and most important, the celebration of beer. The brewers like to keep their beers true to their form; it would only make sense that this German beer gets it’s hops imported straight from the German town of Hallertau. This Oktoberfest beer has a blend of nine malts making it velvety-smooth with a sweet finish. It is a medium-bodied beer and has a deep copper color to it. It has an IBU of 27 and the alcohol is 5.2 percent.

Enjoy our new fall brews at Pug Ryan's Brewery.

Join us for Happy Hour and Enjoy These New Brews

Sept. 16 is the release date of these specialty brews and will be the kick-off for an eventful weekend. Pug Ryan’s would like to invite you for their own Oktoberfest celebration, which will include specials on beers and live music Saturday, Sept 16 with Those Austrian Guys. Specialty beers are always a surprise and something different to try. The next specially beer will be from brewing infusing specialist, Jon Zatkoff who will be working on the ghost chili pepper Pilsner.

It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer but winter isn’t quite here yet; embrace the fall’s cooler temperatures and vibrant leaf changing colors. The scenery located around Lake Dillon has a beautiful display of every season and fall is one to cherish. Top your day off exploring the mountains with a thirst-quenching fall inspired beer.


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