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!