Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall beer = love

I'm a big fan of pumpkin beer. Though I try to wait until September, I am one of those people who buys it up in early August when it first hits shelves. And nine times outta ten that's what I'll order when I'm at a bar. Here are a few of my recent favorites...though this is by no means a full list. ;)
(I have no idea where I found this - source?)
Let's start with what almost usurped Shipyard Pumpkinhead as my favorite fall beer of all time - Woodstock Brewery's Autumn Ale Brew. Flavored with apple and cinnamon, this smelled and tasted just like how I imagine fall. Not too dark and not too light, it is a perfect beer to drink out around a fire. Definitely rim your glass with some cinnamon-sugar for the best effect.
Another surprise was Harpoon's Pumpkin Cider. I've had their pumpkin beer before so I guess that's the flavor I was expecting? But nope, this is full-on cider flavor spiced up with all those fall spices you've come to know and love. It was very crisp and refreshing, which makes for a great respite from the usually heavier pumpkin brews.
Doing a 180 from the cider, Cisco Brewer's Pumple Drumkin is a mildly hoppy pumpkin beer. It is also robustly spiced and not overly sweet, which is a downfall many others succumb to. Aside from that, the tipsy little pumpkin character on the label is flippin' adorable!
My favorite thing about all three of these? They are all brewed right here in New England! Both Harpoon and Cisco are Massachusetts companies, while Woodstock is just a short drive away in New Hampshire. Gotta love supporting the local companies!
And don't forget, you can follow me on Untappd to see what else I'm drinking.
What are you drinking this fall?
Is beer not your thing? Check out my review on Stingy Jack's Pumpkin Wine here!


  1. My preference is Shipyard's Pumpkinhead. Sam Adams Octoberfest was okay ... but it really ran a poor second to Pumpkinhead.

    I'll have to keep an eye out for the other ones you've tried, although I don't have much hope of finding them. I live in a foodie desert.

    1. I feel like Shipyard is most people's "gold standard" in pumpkin beers - its so good! :)

      I'll cross my fingers that you can maybe find one of them - hopefully soon since the pumpkin beer season is winding down!