The Pumpkin Beers Are Coming

October 1, 2010

There’s no avoiding it anymore, the summer is definitely gone; as hard as I have been trying to hold onto it, its gone. But fall is a pretty beautiful season – the leaves change, the air is crisp, the enchantment of the holiday season nears, and, oh yes, the Pumpkin Ales come in! This year we are getting four pumpkin ales in for the Autumn Release at the LCBO.

Great Lakes’ Pimpkin Ale will be back in 650ml bottles; it is a pale ale based pumpkin ale with mellow spice and pumpkin flavors at 5%. The St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale is also back, this 5% 341ml bottle is packed with crisp spices and refreshingly sweet pumpkin notes. The Post Road Pumpkin by Brooklyn will join the ranks for the first time, offering a more malty 5% pumpkin ale. And finally, Southern Tier, who is getting more and more shelf space recently will bring the Pumpkin, an 8.8% imperial pumpkin ale. Go get it!

Pumpkin Ale? Pumpkin Cider!

September 16, 2010

Now that the Fall is upon us and Halloween looms over our heads the pumpkin beers will start to flow. I have had everything from weak and pathetic pumpkin beers that should be ashamed to called them selves pumpkin, to amazingly lush ones that glow a fresh pumpkin orange with flavor and character. What I have never seen, and am now madly excited for is a Pumpkin Cider!

Woodchuck Hard Cider is produced in Vermont, and is still the most delicious cider I have ever had. The Private Reserve Pumpkin is relatively strong for a cider at 6.9% abv – it will be scarcely available towards the end of September and early October. I will be looking for it!

“Calculated Spontaneity; Preparation of a Dinner with Beer” Part 9, McAuslan’s St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale and Brew Dog’s Paradox Springbank

April 19, 2010

Part 8

So now it’s about midnight, we are parked on the couch watching Ace Ventura, and slowly sliding into a deep food coma. We are so full and so satisfied, beer is seemingly the last thing on our minds. However, if you know me, you know that that’s the opposite of what is going through my mind. Right now I am contemplating a light and refreshing beer, something with some spice and excitement to lift us and entertain our palates. It’s going to have to be light and crisp to combat the combination of 8 and 9% beers we have consumed. Luckily the beer I had in mind was in the fridge, and one I have been waiting for since it came out in October.

The St-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale is a fall season that weighs in at 5%. Yes, only 5%, and I know it will offer us an energizing spike of flavor. St-Ambroise is probably Canada’s most well traveled Craft Brewery, beyond maybe Unibroue. It was established in Montreal in 1989 and has achieved recognition around the globe as an award winning brewery. I dare you to find a more quenching beer than their Apricot Wheat Beer. Honestly, you will find that test near impossible! Read the rest of this entry »

Tasting McAuslan’s St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Beer

March 17, 2010

St. Ambroise Apricote Wheat BeerMcAuslan has been brewing since 1989 in Montreal’s St-Henri district. Then, the brewery produced just one beer, their Pale Ale. Now McAuslan produces ten different beers, including a Vintage Ale which I look forward to every year. Although I do look forward to the winter release of the Vintage Ale, almost every time I think about a quenching and delicious beer I look for the St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Beer.

In June 1997, McAuslan began brewing season beers: Apricot Wheat for the spring; Raspberry Ale for the summer; and the Spiced Pumpkin Ale for the fall. The Raspberry and Pumpkin beers are still available only seasonally, however because of the success of the Apricot Wheat it is now available year round. Thank you McAuslan!

On a hot summers day, by the pool, on the beach, at the game, or virtually anywhere I can hardly think of a beer better suited to quench my thirst than the St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Beer. Read the rest of this entry »