Last year we had 10 pumpkin beers, 6 people, and only candy corn to snack on.
This year we had 18 beers, 1 pumpkin cider, 10 people, and a whole spread of fall deliciousness. Much better.
#1 Elysian The Great Pumpkin Ale (Seattle)- Ranked #2 last year
#2 Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale (Seattle)- Not tasted last year
Brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel and conditioned with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice, this pumpkin ale differs from The Great Pumpkin thanks to the addition of ginger and its significantly lower ABV (5.9% vs. 8.1%).
#3 Two Beers Pumpkin Spice Ale (Seattle)- Not tasted last year
Similiar to the Night Owl, Two Beer's Pumpkin Spice Ale is brewed with cloves, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and pumpkin and has the perfect balance of maltiness.
#4 First Edition Good Lawdy Miss Gourdy (Portland)- Not tasted last year
#5 Shipyard Pumpkinhead (Maine)- #3 Last year
Pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon flavors abound in this very drinkable wheat ale.
#6 Elysian He Said Porter (Seattle)- brewed with 21st Amendment
#7 One Man Show Boooooo Careful (Portland)- Nathan's home brew
#8 Harpoon UFO Pumpkin (Boston)
#9 Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter (Salt Lake City)- #6 last year
#10 Alaskan Pumpkin Porter (Juneau)
#11 Two Kilts Pumpkin Ale (Portland)
#12 Laurelwood Pumpkin Ale (Portland)- #7 last year
#13 Silver Moon Twisted Gourd Pumpkin Ale (Bend)
#14 21st Amendment He Said Belgian-Style Tripel (San Francisco)- brewed with Elysian
#15 Captured by Porches Undead Pumpkin (Portland)
#16 Tieton Cider Works Smoked Pumpkin Cider (Portland)
#17 Oakshire Big Black Jack Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter (Eugene)- #9 last year
#18 Midnight Sun Brewing TREAT Imperial Pumpkin Porter (Anchorage)
#19 Unita Punk'n Harvest Ale (Salt Lake City)- #8 last year
Doug and I also got a very special surprise this year. Sarah moved back to the Bay Area a few months ago, so when she texted me this photo, I was all "wish you were here to share your beer insights!"
And she was all "look closer at the picture I just sent you." I'm apparently an idiot because I stared at this photo for quite a few seconds before I realized Sarah was standing on our front doorstep! Yep, best surprise ever!
Do you have a favorite pumpkin beer?