549. Perennial Artisan Ales – Peace Offering
Mar04

549. Perennial Artisan Ales – Peace Offering

As I mentioned with the Perennial Hommel Bier I had, my dad lives in St. Louis and I visit there often. I stopped by Perennial once and picked up a couple of beers, but I can’t remember when it was, and there’s no date on the bottle. The bottle says, “ Peace offering is un-American brown ale, brewed with a few hundred pounds of maple roasted Missouri squash. We hope you enjoy our take on autumn in that the flavors...

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518. Chatoe Rogue – First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale
Jan07

518. Chatoe Rogue – First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale

I’m a big fan of pumpkin beers, and if you follow this blog on a regular basis, you’ve certainly seen my Top 10 Pumpkin Beers review. I found this one about a month ago at the liquor store, and had to give it a try. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a date on the bottle, so I don’t know how old it is. The bottle says, “Dedicated to farmers and fermenters GYO is a Rogue Ales term for grow your own. We made...

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480. The Pike Brewing Co – Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Oct05

480. The Pike Brewing Co – Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale

I’m in Seattle, Washington for work, and the conference I was attending wrapped up for the day.  Since I was in Redmond, it gave me a chance to stop at Black Raven Brewing for lunch.  After getting back to the hotel, I headed over to Pike Market to do some sightseeing and visit this brewery as well.  I was able to sit at the bar and watch my St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs against Atlanta.  The only tough thing was trying to...

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Best Beers for Fall
Oct03

Best Beers for Fall

Summer is coming to an end – school has started, football season is about to begin, and the shelves at the local store are starting to fill with pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers.  It’s a time when our tastes start moving from light, crisp, refreshing beers to those with a bit more maltiness and warming alcohol content. For me, I’m not sure there’s anything better than sitting outside on a cool fall evening,...

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467. Elysian Fields – Dark O’ the Moon
Oct02

467. Elysian Fields – Dark O’ the Moon

As I mentioned in my last post, when I reviewed Elysian’s Blight Pumpkin Ale, I’m in Seattle this week for work.  My first stop after landing was Elysian, because it was between the airport and my hotel downtown.  As a fan of great pumpkin beers, I tried to order their Great Pumpkin Ale, but they were out.  So I went with their Blight Pumpkin Ale first.  When it came time to order another beer with my meal, I went with...

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466. Elysian Fields – Blight Pumpkin Ale
Oct02

466. Elysian Fields – Blight Pumpkin Ale

I’m in Seattle for work and arrived at the airport around lunchtime.  I did a little bit of research before I arrived – including trying the Elysian The Immortal IPA sent to me by my cousin who lives here – and found out this location was between the airport and my hotel downtown.  It also gave me a chance to check out the Seattle Seahawks football and Seattle Mariners baseball stadiums, located across the street...

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215. Blue Moon / Miller Coors – Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
Oct29

215. Blue Moon / Miller Coors – Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

It’s a nice fall friday evening and I took off work just a bit early to enjoy the afternoon. So, of course, when I got home, I grabbed a beer for my Oktoberfest Challenge out of the fridge. Although Halloween is just a couple of days away and I realized that I’ve only got 2 beers for my challenge to make it through the next 3 days… I need to find another beer to qualify for my challenge quickly. The label says,...

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197. Southern Tier Brewing – Imperial Pumking
Oct15

197. Southern Tier Brewing – Imperial Pumking

I actually did pretty good today out on the golf course with my dad.  So, what better way to reward myself after a long day on the golf course, and prepare for a long day of drinking tomorrow at Oktoberfest, than this 9% ABV Imperial Pumkin from Southern Tier. When I poured it, it was very clear and appeared to be fairly golden in color with the slightest orange tint to it. There was a creamy white head, and the beer appeared to have...

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192. Clipper City Brewing – The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Oct10

192. Clipper City Brewing – The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale

This was one of the pumpkin beers I picked up the other day when I went to the liquor store looking for beers for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  I figured with it being called an Imperial Pumpkin Ale and at 8% ABV, it could be good.  The label said, “The Mutiny Fleet was ‘berthed’ by Heavy Seas brewers who were discovered secretly brewing small batches of big beers to amuse the pallets of their fellow crew. Since most...

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191. Shipyard Brewing – Smashed Pumpkin Ale
Oct09

191. Shipyard Brewing – Smashed Pumpkin Ale

While I was picking up pumpkin beers at the liquor store, this one stood out because of the 9% ABV.  I thought I’d give it a shot after reading the label… “Smashed Pumpkin is a big bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final ABV provide the structure and body. Pale ale, wheat and Munich malts combined with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate...

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190. Hoppin’ Frog – Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
Oct08

190. Hoppin’ Frog – Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

After going to the Great American Beer Festival, I looked to see the medal winners from the festival.  I saw that Hoppin’ Frog Brewery had won a GABF Gold medal for the “field beer” category for their Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale.  So, when I saw this one on my recent trip to the liquor store, there was no doubt I should get it. The bottle says, “There’s a place just South they call Frog’s...

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189. Buffalo Bill’s Brewery – America’s Original Pumpkin Ale
Oct07

189. Buffalo Bill’s Brewery – America’s Original Pumpkin Ale

After a break from pumpkin beers for the last couple of days, I thought I’d get back to it with an original.  Even six or 7 years ago when I started brewing pumpkin beers at home, Buffalo Bill’s was available.  I’m not quite sure how long it’s been around, but it’s pretty much considered the original pumpkin beer – as you can see that it calls itself, “American’s Original” Pumpkin...

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186. O’Fallon Brewery – Pumpkin Beer
Oct04

186. O’Fallon Brewery – Pumpkin Beer

Another St. Louis brewery with a pumpkin beer is O’Fallon Brewery. Theirs has been around a few years longer than Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale. I’ve found O’Fallon’s beers to be a little hit or miss, as I wasn’t a huge fan of their Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale or their Chocolate Cherry beer, but am a fan of their 5 Day IPA and Wheach. It had a reddish copper color, and was fairly clear. it had a creamy, foamy...

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185. New Holland Brewing – Ichabod
Oct03

185. New Holland Brewing – Ichabod

I was at the liquor store looking for different pumpkin beers and came across this one.  I’ve had a few of New Holland brews, including their Mad Hatter IPA and their Pilgrim’s Dole Wheat Wine, and after those, I was willing to give Ichabod – their pumpkin beer – a chance.  Besides, I liked the creativity of associating their pumpkin beer with something surrounding a Halloween story, and not just calling it...

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184. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Pumpkin Ale Special Release
Oct02

184. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Pumpkin Ale Special Release

I heard about Schlafly’s pumpkin beer about 4 years ago, and while in St. Louis for a friend’s wedding, we stopped by the Schlafly Tap Room specifically to try this beer.  Due to the high alcohol (my memory tells me it was around 9% ABV back then), it was served in an 8oz snifter.  I think they started bottling this last year, and I’m sure they lowered the ABV when the started bottling it.  This beer will always...

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183. Dogfish Head – Punkin Ale
Oct01

183. Dogfish Head – Punkin Ale

I’m kicking off my Oktoberfest challenge with a pumpkin beer from Dogfish Head.  Their site says it’s a “full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices.”  The bottle says it’s “brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg.”  It also says it’s 7% ABV. It was clear and...

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