Beer of the Week — Autumnal Fire

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Capital Brewery, a relatively young brewery located in Middleton, Wis., is the producer of the beer of the week this week. The Autumnal Fire is a German style lager known as a Doppelbock.

The brew made its way to Iowa recently, just in time for the fall season.

The Autumnal Fire has a beautiful color orange-amber color that lives up to both words in its name. The taste of the beer features hints of roasted caramel and has a mild fruitiness. The Autumnal Fire also features a sweet, fruity aroma.

While the beer is not as heavy as one might expect from an average Doppelbock, the flavor is very strong, and at 7.8 percent, the Autumnal Fire has a curiously high alcohol content, considering how drinkable the beer is.

Because of this, Joe Hotek of John's Grocery, 401 E. Market St., advises pairing it with nothing.

"The beer is great on its own," he said. "It's a big beer that will be perfect for tailgating Saturday in the cooler weather."

After tasting it, I couldn't agree more; I left John's with a six-pack of my own.


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