Harpoon Flannel Friday Amber Ale

Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA; Windsor, VT There are subtle, but unmistakable signs…  The first hint of a chill in the air, the first few leaves that start to turn, the first day at the brewery when everyone shows up in flannel, that announce the arrival of fall. 5.7% ABV Clear amber in color with a…

Covington Fest Bier Autumn Amber Lager

Covington Brewhouse, Covington, LA The Covington version of this classic Autumn brew is a rich blend of earthy hops which produces a smooth, deep flavor that’s perfect for changing seasons.  Enjoy the full flavor of a premium seasonal beer as you watch the leaves turn and the intense heat of the summer fades into the…

Abita The Boot

Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA Over thirty years ago, we began brewing for the way we love to live.  The Boot is a crisp, refreshing brew proudly made and sold only in Louisiana.  Brewed with white wheat, oats, and barley, hopped with Hallertau Blanc and fermented with German Kolsch yeast.  Brewed in the Boot…

New Belgium Pumpkick

New Belgium Brewing, Ft. Collins, CO; Asheville, NC What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer?  Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this tradionally spiced seasonal ale.  Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that will have…

Shipyard Pumpkinhead

Shipyard Brewing Company, Portland, ME 4.5% ABV Hazy dark gold in color with not much of a nose.  It is like drinking a bottle of liquified allspice.  The spice flavor is not as strong as New Belgium Pumpkick, but the flavor also dies away and leaves little to no aftertaste.  We thought pumpkin beers would…

Wasatch Black O’Lantern Pumpkin Stout

Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT Alone in his laboratory one stormy night a madman crossed an imperial stout with pumpkin to create this frankenbrew.  How good is it?  Well, scary good. 6.5% ABV Black as pitch with a nose of spice, chocolate and pumpkin.  Large Marge does not find this beer as offensive…

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle, WA Brewed with over seven pounds of pumpkin per barrel, roasted and raw pumpkin seeds, and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. 6.7% ABV Orangey/amber in color and smells like allspice.  The most subdued of the pumpkin ales we have tried so far.  But still like drinking…

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Brooklyn Brewery, Utica, NY In the 18th century, colonial Americans brewed wonderful and interesting ales using local ingredients.  Barley was the principle ingridient, but pumpkins were favored by brewers for their rich, spicy flavors, which melded perfectly with malted barley.  Post Road brings you a delicious rendition of this traditional American classic. 5% ABV Clear…

Snap, Crackle and Burp #7

Inspired by an episode of the TV show M*A*S*H, we have decided to try Rice Krispies and Stout, in lieu of milk, once a week. Seventh beer: O’Hara’s Irish Stout Our thoughts: Bitter, but not overly so.  Paired well with the natural sweetness of the cereal.  Ranks high on both of our cereal and beer lists:…

Terrapin Cranberry Pumpkinfest

Terrapin Beer Company, Athens, GA Cranberry Pumpkinfest is brewed with traditional pumpkin pie spices and contains real cranberry juice for just the right amount of tartness.  We add pumpkin to the mash for yet another layer of flavor for a beer that is reminiscent of the season. 5.5% ABV Red/orange in color with a candy…

Wasatch Pumpkin Seasonal

Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT Grown ups need treats too, and our pumpkin ale is just the trick.  Careful though – this malty amber has more than a hint of pumpkin, and might just put a spell on you. 4% ABV Hazy orange/red in color with a nose of burnt toast.  Tastes like…

40 Arpent Brewery

Arabi, Louisiana A warm Saturday afternon we visited their brand spanking new tap room: small, but plenty of seating and a small stage area for live music on Fridays.  The brewery is right on the levee and if you venture across the street and up the wall it affords a lovely view of the N’awlins…