The Great Pumpkin Beer Roundup

The rituals of fall...  If you have small children, you've probably carted them off to a farm, propped them alongside over-sized gourds, and snapped pictures until they screamed in discomfort. Or maybe you just chilled out with a nice fall seasonal beer.  I've done boththe latter is more relaxing.

If you're going to drink beer in the fall, you must have at least one pumpkin beer.  Don't know which to try? Well, you've come to the right place! Last year, I had fun pitting Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale against Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale in a pumpkin beer Deathmatch.  This year I'm upping the ante and have assembled a lineup of nine pumpkin beers! I hope to taste each of these before Halloween:

If this still isn't enough pumpkin for you, please consider New Belgium's Kick. Part of their Lips of Faith series, it was brewed in collaboration with Elysian. It's a sour ale made with pumpkins and cranberries. I tasted it in August and really liked it!

After I'm done with these nine beers, I expect I will be begging for a winter seasonal... 

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  1. I didn't think I was a pumpkin beer kind of guy, but I tried one at the Mid Valley Brew Fest in Albany yesterday. "Feathertop" by Flat Tail. The description: Plump and fresh northwest grown pumpkins, rich English and Scottish malts, exotic cinnamon bark, and warm, whole vanilla beans create an incredibly fresh, flavorful, and festive stout, perfect for the season. Julie and I thought it was excellent. Maybe the best of the day.

  2. Wow. That sounds like an amazing beer! I've been hearing nothing but great things about Flat Tail. I've only sampled a few of their beers, and have enjoyed them. I need to make a trip down to Corvallis one of these days. With Flat Tail and Block 15, you've got the best up and coming breweries!


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