Try Somethin’ Pumpkin

With the leaves turning colors and the blistering hot days behind us, it surely means that the fall season is well underway.  And it wouldn’t truly feel like fall without any pumpkin beers floating around the store shelves and taking up spots on restaurant and bar tap systems.  But just as quick as they arrive, they disappear, until next year that is.  That’s so far away though so it’s best you get them while they are still around this year.

If you are imagining your first sip to be like taking a bite of your jack-o-lantern remains, you’ve got the wrong impression.  In fact, most are far more interesting in taste than just plain old pumpkin.  The addition of fresh cut pumpkins is a popular choice, while others sometimes opt to use pumpkin puree or just a touch of pumpkin flavoring.  You’ll also find many common fall spices in them like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  A generally sweet and malty taste with the spices taking offering up a good portion of the flavor profile make them extremely popular on these cooler fall nights.

Here’s a list of a few we think you might like to try from our friends!

  • Alaskan – Pumpkin Porter
  • Blue Moon – Harvest Pumpkin Ale
  • New Belgium – Pumpkick
  • Saint Arnold – Pumpkinator
  • Tommy Knocker – Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

Get your pumpkin fix in before it’s too late!

Be Responsible this Holiday Season

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza this holidays season, there is one thing that we should all be practicing: responsibility.

It is pretty expected that when you’re hanging out with your family (immediate, extended, in-laws… or out-laws…) that you will probably be drinking some alcoholic beverages (we hope it’s Coors Light!)

We challenge each and every one out there to be responsible this holiday season. NoCo Nightlife sponsor, High Country Beverage, does a great job on their website ( at explaining responsible drinking:

Pulled from the Responsibility portion of the High Country Beverage website:

High Country Beverage’s TAKE CARE® Responsibility Program message is simple: drink responsibly, be safe, call for help, and don’t drink and drive. When alcohol is abused, it can affect others, sometimes in a tragic way. That’s why it’s important to know your limits and encourage others to do the same. And since parents have the most influence on a teen’s decision to drink, we encourage you to talk to your students about underage drinking. HCB cares about Northern Colorado and aims to ensure that the products we distribute are consumed responsibly. Educate yourself today.

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
BAC Affects On Motor Skills
• At .02 light to moderate drinkers begin to feel some effect.
• At .04 most people begin to feel relaxed.
• At .06 judgment is somewhat impaired. People are less able to make rational decisions about their capabilities.
• At .08 there is a definite impairment of muscle coordination and driving skills. This is an illegal level for intoxication in CO.
• At .12 vomiting usually occurs, unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed tolerance to alcohol.
• At .15 balance and movement are impaired. This blood-alcohol level means the equivalent of 1/2 pint (8 ounces) of 80 proof spirits is circulating in the blood.

An Example of BAC Levels
The liver eliminates less then one ounce of pure alcohol per hour. If a 150-pound male drank for one hour on an empty stomach, his judgment and ability would be impaired and he would likely have the following BAC levels:

24 oz. beer or 2 oz of 100 proof spirits = .05 BAC = DWAI
48 oz. beer or 4oz. of 100 proof spirits = .10 BAC =Above DUI (.08 is a DUI)
96 oz. beer or 8oz. of 100 proof spirits = .20 BAC

Example only: BAC levels may vary by individual based on certain circumstances (I.E.: size – gender – rate of consumption – strength of drink – drug use – food) Source: TIPS Training Guide