Sometimes fate takes a strange twist, including at GABF. While talking to the brewers at Seedstock Brewery about their Bohemian Dunkel they mentioned that it was patterned after the 500-year-old U Fleku brewery in Prague. As fate would have it I had just returned from a Czech vacation and visited U Fleku not a week earlier. Even cooler, Seedstock’s Bohemian Dunkel was a dead ringer for U Fleku’s. The taste is malty with little hops and what seems to be a medium malt roast, and the color is typical for dunkel – medium brown with a hint of red but you can still see through it. The only I area I found surprising (with both beers) is the lighter body – almost like a blond. However the whole package is quite appealing and also fairly sessionable. If you’re looking for a truly authentic Czech beer to make it feel like fall, head out to Seedstock!
As fall approaches, slightly darker beers like dunkels and Oktoberfests become more appealing and I was happy to find several good ones at Historian’s Ale House – specifically Grimm Brothers Fearless Youth. Fearless Youth is a Munich Dunkel and has about everything you could want in one. It’s slightly roasty & malty, with a bit of sweetness on the carmel/chocolate spectrum. The color looked a bit light for the style, but let’s be honest – taste buds aren’t good judges of color the taste is a winner. If you want the full story of the Grimm fairy tales behind the beers check out the website or the brewery in Loveland. On a side note, Mondays at Historians are all-day Happy Hour with most crafts $2.50. They’re 10-ounce pours but still a good deal and the smaller pours mean sampling more!