We’re still two weeks away from Pumpkin Beer Week but I’ve got pumpkin beer on the brain right now, so this may well turn out to be more of a Pumpkin Beer Month. For instance, I’m about to publish a new all-grain pumpkin ale recipe (the all-grain version of this one) that I brewed a week ago (to test it out, of course). I racked it this weekend and I’m please with the results so far. Plus, I’m trying something entirely new: I reserved one gallon of it and added dried cranberries (that had soaked in a little bit of rum first), which I’ll let age for at least a couple of weeks.
I’m also starting to keep an informal list of Oregon breweries that are producing pumpkin beers this year; there’s aren’t many. But I’m especially excited that Deschutes Brewery is brewing—maybe for the first time ever—a pumpkin ale for their Bend Pub! They posted on Facebook about it last week and I can indeed confirm that “Pompion” is on their “upcoming” chalkboard at the Pub.
Among other Oregon brewers, Silver Moon usually brews and bottles a pumpkin ale, and both Beer Valley and Laurelwood are advertised as being guest brewers at Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival this weekend. But I want to know who else in Oregon is brewing up pumpkin beers? Let me know; I’m also thinking it would be fun to issue a “pumpkin beer challenge” and see who takes up the call.