2010 hails as the year for the most pumpkin flavored beers ever! No less than 20 of the squash infused brews exist in the US and Canada alone this year… and I, for one, can’t wait to sample them all!
I’ve read a number of recent blogs featuring pumpkin beer samplings and reviews – and last weekend sparked a flurry of activity.
Personally, I spent the weekend volunteering for the American Heart Association and then I poured beer for several hours at the 1st annual St. Petersburg Oktoberfest craft beer night. On of the favorites: Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale was an early sellout!
My personal favorite pumpkin beers are always on tap and I always find it amazing how different is texture and flavor of the same brew when it is on draught instead of in the bottle. Last evening I had the privilege of finding my favorite pumpkin beer, Shipyard Brewery’s Pumpkinhead, on tap in Hyde Park in Tampa, FL. What a smooth concoction – with hints of nutmeg aftertaste. The bottled version just doesn’t measure up to the smoothness of the just poured out of the keg version!
I prefer the Pumpkin flavored beers to the Oktoberfest labeled beers – simply because I like the infused pumpkin flavors and I love pumpkin pie. (Now to get the whipped cream into the mix may take a brewing miracle!)
In respect for the seasoned brew bloggers who had a head start in sampling this season’s bounty of pumpkin beers, I present a sampling of their posts here: (click on the image to go to the blog)
What is YOUR Favorite Pumpkin Beer?
Happy autumn and happy imbibing!
– The Unofficial Beer Goddess
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