Summer is coming to an end, my friends. The days of backyard barbecues, sunny patios and short sleeves will soon be behind us, replaced by shorter days, cooler evenings, and falling leaves. Since we both grew up in warmer climates (Arizona for Jeff, Florida for me) it’s always a little sad to see summertime end. The thought of packing up my shorts and flip-flops can be downright depressing. But then it happens, we see the one thing that makes me remember how AWESOME the change of seasons can be…
Bring on the Fall Seasonal Beers!
Pumpkin beer! Oh, how I love the fall beers! I have yet to taste a pumpkin beer that I didn’t like, though I do have my favorites. Dogfish Head Punkin is the bee’s knees, though Shipyard Pumpkinhead is a close second. Whether it’s a fruit or spice beer, if it’s pumpkin-y, I’m sure I’m going to try it!
It’s also Oktoberfest Time!
As if the seasonal beers weren’t enough to get us excited for fall, there’s also Oktoberfest. Although neither of us has German heritage that we know of, I’m sure it’s there somewhere, because there’s nothing we love more than a festival full of beer, brats and polka music! This year we kicked off Oktoberfest season by joining 10 of our friends for a few nights in Breckenridge to attend their Oktoberfest festivities. It was our first year in Breck for Oktoberfest, and we were pretty impressed by the party they throw. Much of the main street was closed and filled with beer tents and food vendors. We drank and ate and drank and danced, and then we drank some more! Breckenridge Brewing had beer on site, but wanting to stick to something seasonal (and German) we mostly filled our steins with Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen. They also had a Pils and Hefeweizen, but the Marzen was great and we both found ourselves sticking to it for the festival.
Oktoberfest wrapped up at 6 pm each night, but clearly, we weren’t ready to pack it in that early. We visited a few different Breckenridge hot spots after the festival and had lots of fun. We made several trips to Angels Hollow for drinks and to enjoy being harassed (playfully?) by the owners. We played games, bogarted the jukebox and watched our friend Rob show off his sweet dance moves at The Historic Brown. We had a delicious breakfast complete with Bloody Mary’s at the Columbine Cafe. Finally, we wrapped up our weekend with comfort food like Mom used to make when we had dinner at the Motherloaded Tavern. Everywhere we went we had a tremendous amount of fun, but I’m sure a big part of that was being surrounded by such good friends.
We hope you’re enjoying Oktoberfest season and all the fabulous pumpkin-spiced flavors available this season.
Until next time – Cheers!