Elysian GPBF, day 2

On Friday we were able to enter Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival an hour early thanks to the media passes that Elysian provided, and yesterday we lined up with the crowd to enter at noon (the media passes being only for the one day). And when I write “crowd” I’m … Continue reading

Visiting the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest (day 1)

Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival has been on my “bucket list” of beer events to attend for a while now (since I love pumpkin beers, as long-time followers know), and this year was finally it. I’ll have more to write about the Festival after this weekend, for now some … Continue reading

Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

This weekend Seattle’s Elysian Brewing‘s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival returns for its 9th annual showing, bringing a huge selection of pumpkin beers—they will be pouring something like 64 pumpkin beers at one time!—across three six-hour sessions over three days, starting tomorrow. From the press release: Who would have known a … Continue reading

Reviews: A trio of pumpkin beers

We are definitely smack dab in the heart of pumpkin beer season: more bottled pumpkin beers than ever are on the shelves, this past weekend saw the eighth annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival from Elysian Brewing, tonight at the Green Dragon Brewpublic’s second annual Killer Pumpkin Fest is taking over Portland… … Continue reading

Homebrewing pumpkin tips

Via my Google News alerts, I found this article that offers tips for homebrewing with pumpkin. Nothing too earth-shaking, but I thought it was interesting and there are a couple of points of note: The author recommends “small cheese pumpkins” as the best variety to use: a variety also called … Continue reading

Elysian The Great Pumpkin

Today being Halloween, featuring a pumpkin beer review makes perfect sense—especially one called The Great Pumpkin! No, not that Great Pumpkin—which I’ve embedded a clip of below—but Elysian Brewing‘s Imperial Pumpkin Ale of the same name: an 8.1% alcohol by volume beer that is something like their Night Owl on … Continue reading

Elysian, Pumpkin, New School

Terrific pair of articles today at The New School on Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, and an interview with Dick Cantwell, Elysian’s Brewmaster (and “the pumpkin guy”). I’ve been wanting to go to the Pumpkin Beer Fest for years now, and Ezra’s review (with lots of pictures) is the … Continue reading

Uinta Punk’n

Uinta Brewing is a Utah-based brewer that’s popped up on my radar recently—at least under the “Uinta” label. I have a bottle of their barleywine in my fridge (found at the Bier Stein in Eugene) and found their Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale here in Bend this year. (They also apparently … Continue reading

Kick, Pumpkin and Cranberry Ale

Kick is a collaboration pumpkin ale from Elysian Brewing and New Belgium Brewing and is released under New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series—and as such it is more than just another pumpkin beer. It is, in fact, a pumpkin and cranberry sour ale, 8.5% alcohol by volume, blended with wood-aged … Continue reading

Oregon Pumpkin Beer Hunt

When it comes to pumpkin beers (one of my favorite “styles” as you all well know) it’s always seemed to me that they are more an East Coast regional specialty* (much the same way that fresh hop beers are a West Coast—and more specifically Pacific Northwest—regional specialty). Hence I am … Continue reading