BloggingHappy (beery) Halloween!

It’s been a crazy weekend—we had a birthday sleepover and a relatively major power outage going on, in addition to the holiday—but I couldn’t let Halloween go by without at least mentioning it. Hopefully you have an appropriately-themed beer in hand, as well (I’ll likely be having some Sam Adams … Continue reading

ReviewsPumpkin Beer Week: Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale

I found Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale at Trader Joe’s, and I have to admit I’m a bit confused by the pedigree of this beer. It is ostensibly brewed by Kennebunkport Brewing Company, but a closer read on the fine print reveals “Hand brewed and bottled by Pugsley Brewing LLC.” Alan Pugsley … Continue reading

Theme WeekPumpkin Beer Week: Links & events

A roundup of links and events I’ve been coming across, both pumpkin-themed and (at least one) Halloween-themed: Cambridge Brewing Company is featuring their 3rd annual Great Pumpkin Festival coming up this Saturday, the 30th. Sounds like it’s the east coast version of Elysian’s Pumpkin Beer Festival (and Elysian is one … Continue reading

ReviewsPumpkin Beer Week: Deschutes Pompion

I’ve been eagerly awaiting for Deschutes Brewery to put their first ever pumpkin ale on tap, and today was the day! I was able to get down there just after work to enjoy an inaugural pint, and take a few notes for a review. They’re serving Pompion (the old word … Continue reading

ReviewsPumpkin Beer Week: Dogfish Punkin Ale (2010)

Yes, I reviewed Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale last year, and I couldn’t let a Pumpkin Beer Week go by without revisiting this beer again. This 7% beer is brewed with pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices, and is one of the pumpkin beers that reviewers and beer geeks always seem to … Continue reading

Theme WeekPumpkin Beer Week: Pumpkin brews in the news

I don’t know if there’s been some sort of “pumpkin beer tipping point” this year, but it seems like there are a lot more pumpkin beer-related stories in the news that I remember in years past. At least, that’s judging by my Google News Alerts that hit my email inbox … Continue reading

ReviewsPumpkin Beer Week: Midnight Sun TREAT

Up to this point most pumpkin beers I’ve had have been pretty “normal”: the usual variations on the pale-amber base, with spices. The ones deviating from that norm have tended towards the “Imperial” range, like yesterday’s Pumking, or Shipyard’s Smashed Pumpkin or Dogfish’s Punkin Ale. I suppose the commercial availability … Continue reading

ReviewsPumpkin Beer Week: Imperial Pumking

Southern Tier Brewing has been showing up in limited quantities here in Central Oregon lately, but those have been (mostly) confined to their limited Imperial Stout series; the one you all know I really wanted to try for quite awhile was their Imperial Pumking: Pumking is an ode to PĂșca, … Continue reading

Theme WeekPumpkin Beer Week 2010

I’ve been blogging a bunch about pumpkin beer for much of this month already as a lead-in to Pumpkin Beer Week (and I’ll probably be blogging about pumpkin beers after this week as well)—the follow-up to the original Pumpkin Beer Week I ran way back in 2007 (one of the … Continue reading

BreweriesPumpkin beers from Oregon brewers

I’m not sure what it is about commercial pumpkin beers, but to a large extent they seem to be an East Coast phenomenon—I seem to see more bottled pumpkin beers from the eastern half of the country each year than elsewhere. (Though this might be changing.) And when it comes … Continue reading