What, you're not anxiously craving a taste of fall right now like we are? Don't get us wrong: we love the summer beers, the tiki cocktails, the warm-weather wines. But after awhile, when you're over the whole sweating-in-90-degree-heat thing, all you want is to curl up in a big sweater and drink the best drink of fall: beer. Specifically, a pumpkin beers.
While we're not ready just yet to revive our pumpkin spice lattes, we're already smacking our lips for the buzzed-about pumpkin beers to be released very soon (if they haven't been already). Last year's pumpkin ales, after all, were a huge hit. Here's what we're looking forward to trying this fall —prepare your taste buds now.
Grand Canyon Brewing Company's Pumpkin Springs Porter: First off, did you know that there's an actual place called Pumpkin Springs? It's off the Colorado River. (We want to go to there.) This pumpkin ale, according to a press release, is brewed with with pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes and spices. According to the brewery, "This porter is dark and smooth with a warm finish and pairs perfectly with the flavors of fall." The beer is available now in Arizona.
Fat Head's Brewery's Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale: This Cleveland, Ohio-area brewery does a pumpkin ale just right. According to a release: "This limited, seasonal release has a deep amber color with aroma of sweet pumpkin pie and savory spices with hints of sweet malt. Rich and creamy with a chewy mouthfeel that you can sink your teeth into. Flavors of pumpkin up front then sweet malt, pie crust, spices, hints of brown sugar and a clean finish. Stopped just short of the whipped cream — but we like the way you think." We like the way you think, too. The brew will be available on draught and in bottles at Fat Head's Brewery.
Rogue Ale's Pumpkin Patch Ale: Look out, Rogue fans: the very hyped-up Pumpkin Patch Ale will be in stores in October. In September, Rogue will harvest "GYO" (grow-your-own) pumpkins on its farm in Independene, Ore., that make the Pumpkin Patch Ale into perfection. (The brewery's even released a video about the harvest). What we're also excited from Rogue, that isn't a pumpkin but still perfect for fall? Halloween-ready glow in the dark bottles — getting spooky already.
The Traveler Beer Co.'s Jack-O Traveler Shandy: Yep, you read that right. Representing "the darker side of the shandy," the company says, the beer is brewed with real pumpkin and is a light, refreshing take on the pumpkin beer.