By: Ali Owens

I’ll admit it: it took me a long time to head over to 1933 Brewing.  With so many fantastic microbrew options downtown, I’m not often inclined to head south to get my beer jollies.  So when I broke out of my comfort zone, I was pleasantly surprised!  Read on for tasting notes from their wide variety of unique brews.


Scarecrow Courage  //  Oatmeal Raisin Amber Ale

This beer is honestly a bit ridiculous – yet it makes so much sense. The ingredients sound like a farmer’s market shopping list: locally grown pumpkin, spices from Old Town Spice Shop, organic raisins, and maple syrup. The result is a malty autumnal treat, bursting with notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove. Roasty, toasty, and festive.

The gist: Liquid pumpkin pie.

Drink it when: You’re noshing on dessert after Thanksgiving dinner.

Triggerman Brown  //  American Nut Brown Ale

This delightfully bitter treat is savory on the nose, with enticing aromas of coffee and cacao.  The palate is dark and wonderfully complex, with a creamy mouthfeel and hints of shortbread and toasted walnuts.  Rich, sophisticated, and thoughtfully balanced, it brings to mind a library of leather-bound books, Ernest Hemingway, and old money.

The gist: Class in a glass.

Drink it when: You’re ready for some deep contemplation about the meaning of life.

Slightly Lupid #5  //  Imperial Pale Ale

For the truly adventurous at heart, this is a beer of extremes.  Exceedingly tropical on the nose, it exudes juicy and mouthwatering aromas of passionfruit, guava, and pineapple.  At the first sip, the hops punch you right in the tastebuds, but the warm, equatorial flavors mellow the hit nicely.

The gist: Daredevil’s fruit salad.

Drink it when: You forget your jacket, freeze your ass off, and try to pretend it’s still summer.

The Enforcer  //  Oatmeal Stout

A cacophony of flavors mingle in this subtly intricate stout: milk chocolate, toasted grain, dried fruit, and a healthy dose of malt.  Each one blends seamlessly into the next, guiding the tastebuds along on a journey of flavor.  Bold, smooth, and creamy on the tongue, this delightfully intriguing brew will keep you guessing.

The gist: Tall, dark and mysterious.

Drink it when: You’re curled up all cozy-like in a flannel blanket next to the fire.

Life is Peachy // Barrel-Aged Strong Ale

This beer is quite the anomaly. The overwhelming scent of dried peaches – saturated and syrupy – wafts from the glass, leading most to assume the flavor will be honeyed and sappy-sweet.  However, the first sip defies expectation.  It’s tart, but not quite sour, and though the flavor of roasted peaches prevails, there’s a balsamic-like bite that keeps the sweetness from overpowering.  Combined with the slight woodiness and a firm hop structure, it’s nothing short of fascinating.

The gist: Must love peaches.

Drink it when: You want to find out what “awesome” tastes like.


1933 is located at 4025 S. Mason Street in Fort Collins.  They offer open mic on Thursdays and live music on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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