Happy, merry, spooky Halloween! Very much off topic, but like I’ve said before – sometimes you just gotta work with me. The seasons are changing, leaves are falling on the ground and Starbucks has been rolling out their seasonal drinks. Its actually a magical time of the year, because lets face it, its the holiday season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, all strategically one month after another – its awesome. These ‘gaps’ make it culturally acceptable to start celebrating each holiday right after the previous one happens. So since Halloween is the first one up, that means Pumpkin stuff is filling the shelves, but to our dismay, they were starting to clear off about a week before Halloween even happened.
Above is our arsenal as of a week ago of all the pumpkin style beers we have tasted – crazy, once you line them up, (the updated count is 35). If you’re like me your first indication was to look in the grocery store… in the beer section. But not this time. Wine stores, random shops, even some liquor stores in Colorado, all together created our collection. Damn, it seemed like we had a real hobby for a bit. Now this is where I don’t really know where to take this post. I don’t know how to describe a beer to you – I’m no expert. All I can say is that I love craft beers, I love seasonal stuff, and I love making lists, so lets try this out. Here’s five pumpkin beers that really stand out among the endless list of breweries and brews!
Elysian – Pumpkin Patch
I had never had an Elysian beer until this little collection began. My girlfriend, Suzy, and I bought a 4-pack of their Pumpkin Beers, and they were all different and all great. So take whatever you can get from this brand, thats why I’m counting them all as one. Let me be the first to warn you, the Ginger Pumpkin was alittle odd but, hey, at least I remembered it!
Weyerbacher – Imperial Pumpkin
Weyerbacher (the second clip in the top picture) is an awesome beer, consistent, yet kinda expensive for just a 4-pack of 12oz bottles. Lots of distinct flavors, and even with the very cartoonish and child-like label, it continues to deliver a solid and consistent tasting experience. They actually had a booth for this beer at this Living Social Beer Fest we went to, which was a slight drunken madhouse, so they really saved the day on that one.
New Belgium – Pumpkick
Colorado beers will always hold a special place in my heart. New Belgium faced branding gap where everyone thought the whole thing was called ‘Fat Tire.’ MADE in Boulder has done a few campaigns and mobile apps that try to better expose the New Belgium name. Hell, I’ve even heard ‘Pumpkick’ tossed around as the brewery. Anyways, I love cinnamon… and beer, so this was an obvious choice
Upslope – Pumpkin
Ahh Upslope. So many awesome memories of hanging with friends, finishing semester long projects and rushing over to the edge of Boulder to try a new batch they have on tap. If beer was all about branding, Upslope would take the cake everytime for me. Their craft cans stick out on the shelves, and their simplistic design always puts the focus on the beer, not the label. My friends and I follow them like hawks each season for their special batches. Above is our Colorado classics and seasonal beers that don’t fit in the fridge shelf. Oops! (Note: The ‘Craft Lager’ is Jalapeño infused)
Southern Tier – Pumking
Oddly enough, this brew started our collection off. The guy at a craft beer store near my office suggested it so a purchase was made. Hell, where’s the fun in one beer though? The 22oz wasn’t gonna last long enough for a scary movie, or even a meal. So I grabbed five more various pumpkin beers to make it a solid, slightly lopsided, six-pack!