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Great Divide Brewing
Peanut Butter Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing

The latest in Great Divide's lineup of Yeti variations, Peanut Butter Yeti is now available on tap at both of the brewery's taphouses and in sixteen-ounce cans. And this isn't the only Yeti sneaking around town during the holidays: You can also find Barrel-Aged Yeti and others at the taprooms and in bottles or cans.

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Dry Dock Brewing
Peanut Butter Porter
Dry Dock Brewing

Dry Dock Brewing has been brewing this acclaimed peanut butter porter — one of the oldest peanutty brews on the market — and serving it on tap for years. But the brewery has decided to can it for the first time and release it only as part of its Booty Box mixed twelve-pack. The 6 percent ABV beer is made with cacao nibs and peanut butter.

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Odyssey Beerwerks
Fluffy Gingerbread Molasses Marshmallow Porter
Odyssey Beerwerks

Fluffy Pumpkin Toasted Marshmallow Porter has become such a phenomenon for Odyssey Beerwerks every fall that the brewery has decided to release a gingerbread version for the holidays. The new 6 percent ABV beer, Fluffy Gingerbread Molasses Marshmallow Porter, will be tapped on November 20, and will also be available in six-packs to go. "Nostalgic flavors of gingerbread spice and molasses meld with fluffy toasted marshmallow and chocolatey dark malt, bringing back memories of holidays spent baking with Mom and Grandma," the brewery says.

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Crooked Stave
Mexican Hot Chocolate Barrel-Aged Milk Stout
Crooked Stave

Crooked Stave's latest foray into non-sour barrel-aged beers, Mexican Hot Chocolate is a milk stout brewed with milk sugar, cacao and vanilla and then aged in bourbon barrels. It was also infused with cinnamon and cayenne pepper to add some of the traditional flavors of Mexican hot chocolate.

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Odell Brewing
Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout
Odell Brewing

This beer is not new, but it doesn't show up in Odell's rotation every year, so it's worth noting when it becomes available. An 8.5 percent ABV chocolate milk stout, the beer is brewed with milk sugar "to create a rich and creamy brew that reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk," the brewery says. Lugene is named in honor of the brewery's favorite local farmer, who hauls away Odell's spent grain. Because of the can shortage, the beer is being sold in bottles.

Finkel & Garf Brewing
Pecan Pie Imperial Stout
Finkel & Garf Brewing

This Boulder brewery has the perfect treat for celebrating Thanksgiving: Pecan Pie Imperial Stout. A 9.6 percent ABV bomb, the beer is loaded with roasted pecans, aged on cocoa nibs and then hit with a touch of vanilla. It's available now in the taproom and will see limited distribution to liquor stores.

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Ska Brewing
Malbec Stout
Ska Brewing

Ska Brewing first put together a group of four rotating stouts about five years ago, and has brought some of them back intermittently since then. Most of them have a lower ABV than typical stouts, which is part of Ska's session-style ethos these days. Malbec Stout is brewed with Malbec grape must and rings in at 6.5 percent ABV.

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Epic Brewing
Grandma Van’s Candy Cane Stout
Epic Brewing/Old Chicago

It's been a difficult year for the Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom chain. First its parent company, Craftworks, went bankrupt and had to close multiple locations across the country (including a few in Colorado), then Covid-19 restrictions forced the closure of most of its locations temporarily, and then Craftworks decided to lay off 18,000 employees. Old Chicago was eventually sold out of bankruptcy and began reopening locations. Now it has revived its famed beer Mini Tours. The latest is the Holiday Mini Tour, and starting on November 17, the tour will include a beer brewed just for Old Chicago by Denver's Epic Brewing. Grandma Van’s Candy Cane Stout is named for a dessert that Epic regional sales manager Nate Levi's grandmother used to make with chocolate, peppermint and marshmallows. It's a version of Son of a Baptist Coffee Stout and "features rich, chocolatey flavors from dark roasted malts, peppermint and coffee from Novo Coffee," the brewery says. In addition to pouring the beer at Old Chicago, Epic will distribute a limited number of canned four-packs to select markets.

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Denver Beer Co.
Churro Stout/Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Churro Stout
Cerveceria Colorado/Denver Beer Co.

Cerveceria Colorado, an offshoot of Denver Beer Co., has been brewing Churro Stout since it opened, but the beer just landed in cans in September. Brewed with actual churros, milk sugar and and chocolate malt, it's aged with cinnamon and vanilla beans. For the barrel-aged version, which will be bottled this year, a 10.5 percent ABV imperial version of the beer spent an additional six months in Old Elk Bourbon barrels.

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Left Hand Brewing
Laws Wheat Whiskey Barrel-Aged St. Vrain Tripel
Left Hand Brewing

Left Hand Brewing quietly brought back St. Vrain Tripel last summer, a fan favorite that the brewery hadn't made in several years. Now, Left Hand is releasing a version of this Belgian-style ale that has been aged in wheat whiskey barrels from Denver's Laws Whiskey House. "While light in color and body, it's rich and soulful in flavor, with aromas of banana bread, white grape, vanilla and oak. On the palate, flavors of orange blossom, stone fruit and white pepper lead into a warming finish that lasts," the brewery says. The beer drops on Black Friday — only at the Longmont tasting room — and is likely to sell out quickly.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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