Get Your Fix of Seasonal Suds at These Pumpkin Beer Festivals
If all that candy is making you thirsty then we have a solution—pumpkin beer festivals! Here’s just a couple of this season’s offerings that are sure to satisfy your longing for lagers and ales of the pumpkin variety:
· Great Pumpkin Beer Festival:
Plenty of pumpkins will be harmed, but it’s all for a good cause at Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle. The brewery is celebrating yet another Great Pumpkin Beer Festival—this year is the seventh annual. You need to make your plans quickly, as things are scheduled for this weekend. There’s sessions on October 8 and October 9, and it’s all going down in the city’s Georgetown neighborhood. Tickets are $20 if you score them in advance, but if you need to get them at the door that’ll be $25.
Over 50 different pumpkin beers should be in attendance along with quite a number of beer enthusiasts. They’re even bringing some local food trucks to help you satisfy your beer munchies. The highlight of the festival is when the Great Pumpkin is tapped each day, and that’s when you can get your beer straight from an oversized pumpkin—awesome. Breweries from all over the place will be featured, but Elysian has 11 of their own offerings including Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale, Headless Horsey, and PK-47 Pumpkin Malt Liquor—haha that’s great.
· Great Pumpkin Festival:
On the right side of the country, the Cambridge Brewing Company in Massachusetts is getting ready for its fourth rendition of its pumpkin beer festival. The seasonal suds start flowing at this year’s Great Pumpkin Festival on October 29, and it’s pretty much an all-day affair running from 1pm to 12:30am. It’ll cost you $10 to access all the orange fun at the brewery’s location at 1 Kendall Square, but there’s plenty included with you admission.
The brewery is promising more than 30 different seasonal beers from around the country, and you can bet your commemorative tasting glass that many of them will be featuring pumpkin as a main ingredient. There will also be the opportunity to sample and enjoy some pumpkin inspired foodstuffs, as well as giant pumpkins and what they describe as other “assorted spookiness”—ha. Best of all costumes are recommend—if not encouraged—but just be sure to watch those sleeves, as you don’t want anything interfering with your tasting.