It’s that time of year again… where the hellish heat of the summer is starting to taper off and the early mornings and evenings are nice and cool. It’s goddamn hoodie weather. And because of this awesome change in the weather, it causes people to drink. There’s nothing better than sitting on your porch with a craft beer and enjoying the fact that your ass cheeks don’t stick together from sweating too much.
But some people like to really embrace the change in weather with the events of the season. Of course our next big holiday coming up Halloween… aka one of the best holidays of the year. Us right-minded folks know that means you take your ass into the garage with the door up, listen to the Misfits on repeat, and down some pumpkin ale.
Pumpkin ale is absolutely perfect to drink from mid-September until Thanksgiving. And it’s not just the pumpkin taste that gets your mind into Autumn-mode… it’s the spicy mix of cloves, ginger root, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon that set it off. It’s almost like jumping into a pile of leaves and having someone pour beer on you at the same time.
There’s HUNDREDS of different pumpkin ales out there. Breweries and brands such as Dogfish Head, Blue Moon (Coors), Smuttynose, Shipyard, Sam Adams (Boston Beer), and even Stone Brewing Co. all partake in this amazing style of ale. The key is have a perfect blend of all flavors, but slightly more pumpkin flavor (it’s a fuckin’ pumpkin ale afterall). It’s also important that the beer isn’t too dry because it makes it comparable to eating the pile of leaves you jumped in earlier.
Again, there’s too many pumpkin ales out there to count. I can only recommend these guys because they readily available at the stores here in town and don’t break the bank (seriously, some of these seasonal craft beer can wreck your wallet):
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
Buffalo Bill’s Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
So now is the time folks: Bust out Collection II, throw Halloween on repeat, and enjoy some cool air on your face while you enjoy the tastes of autumnal equinox. Pumpkin Ale, we salute you.
And of course, no fall season would be complete without some motherfuckin’ punkin’ chunkin’.