Craft Beer Cellar Style of the Month:
This October, the “Beer Geeks” of Craft Beer Cellar are proud to showcase some of our favorite pumpkin ales, lagers, and ciders as we (tearfully) accept that the days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and fall is indeed here again.
For the second year in a row, our customers supported our company-wide decision to refrain (as best we could) from putting pumpkin and other fall seasonal beers on our shelves before September 1st. As a token of our gratitude, many Craft Beer Cellar stores have already hosted “Pumpkin Parties” (check out some neat “Pumpkin Preference Data” from the CBC Nashua Facebook page, and see pictures from events at #TheWinch, #TheMothership, and #TheLanding). And while there was a noticeable ‘orangification’ in our stores throughout September, we opted to feature Märzen/Oktoberfest beers last month to coincide with the start of the festival in Munich (September 20), and because, quite frankly, there is a lot of internal debate about whether or not September is still too early for Pumpkin Beer.
But October belongs to you, Pumpkin Heads! Many of our stores will be hosting special “Style of the Month” tastings (see individual store pages for more event information), and we’ll be providing you with some cool content both online and in-store.
A special nod to All About Beer Magazine‘s John Holl whose “The American Craft Beer Cookbook” has some fun pumpkin-related recipes (pgs. 136, 286; we know because we have the book in a lot of our stores 😉 ).
This Library of Congress blog post from September 29, 2014 where the roots of Pumpkin Beer in America are explored.
And this Boston Globe piece featuring the “He Said, He Said” Pumpkin Beers from 21st Amendment Brewery and Elysian Brewing Company, as well as our friends Alexandra and Nicola, the founders of @RATEMYPUMPKINS!
Now we need YOUR input. What Pumpkin Beers top your list? Have you found a new favorite this year? Tell us in the comments, yo!