It's the middle of summer in Portland. The Oregon Brewers Festival kicks off in just three days and the last thing most of us are thinking of is fall. On the plus side, the cooler weather will bring us brand new seasonal releases from BridgePort and Rogue.
BridgePort's new Witch Hunt is a 5.8% ABV "Spiced Harvest Ale" brewed with cinnamon and nutmeg. It's interesting that BridgePort has not included pumpkin in this beer. I love Witch Hunt's label artwork. Here's the description. "Something wicked this way comes. From slightly sweet caramel malts, Witch Hunt offers an intense dry hop character finished with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg spices."
If you want some gourd in your beer, Rogue Ales will release Pumpkin Patch Ale. As part of their GYO (Grow Your Own) Chatoe Rogue line, Rogue grows all the barley, hops—and now pumpkin used in these beers. Here's the description. "Created with pumpkins grown on Rogue's Micro hop and pumpkin yard in Independence, Oregon. Fresh pumpkins are picked, loaded into our truck, driven immediately 77 miles to our brewery in Newport, Oregon, quickly roasted, and pitched into the brew kettle."
While I'm not ready to let go of summer, new beers like these make the change in seasons a bit more palatable. As far as I'm aware, these beers have not been formally announced, so I don't know when they will be released.
What's your favorite fall beer? Last year I profiled eight pumpkin beers are part of my Great Pumpkin Beer Roundup.