Pumpkinator & More
Pie in a pint glass: It's Pumpkin Beer season!
It's getting to be that time of year, although you wouldn't know it by 80 degree temperatures or utter lack of autumnal coloring.
But lest you get fooled into thinking it's summer again, there's a host of breweries both local and national here to remind you that it's mid-October with their pumpkin-infused brews.
So brush the moth ball smell off your pea coat and settle in with one of these autumn ales:
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator — It sold out quickly enough that Spec's imposed a four-bottle per-person limit, although the demand is nothing like Divine Reserve Day delirium. Shipments are still going out, so never fear!
Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat — A Belgian-style wheat with pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves and a hint of cinnamon. Basically, pie in a pint glass.
Dogfish Punkin Ale — This one's much more likely to be available elsewhere than Pumpkinator. It's a heavier brown ale with a nice brown sugar component. Bonus fact: It's named after Punkin Chunkin, an infamous event that I think we should establish locally.
Buffalo Bill's Imperial Pumpkin Ale — Brewed at Cali's Buffalo Bill brewpub, this pumpkin amber ale is available year-round. Fun fact? It's 9.8 percent alcohol by volume — perfect for family get-togethers.
Brooklyn Brewery's Post Road Pumpkin Ale — This ale is said by reviewers to be less predictably cinnamon-heavy, with citrus layers in addition to pumpkin. This brew is only available through November.
Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale — Sam Adam's Halloweenie concoction has more than 11 pounds of pumpkin per barrel and a rusty amber hue.
Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider — We had reservations about this one, being that cider is usually tart and fruit-based, but this seasonal is gourdeous (did that work? say yes.) Snatch it up at Spec's.