Hop Rising is a Double IPA brewed by Squatters Craft Beers out of Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s a malty, hoppy, and strong beer coming in at 9%. I wish hops were as large as this in real life. (Plot twist: Or maybe that is a tiny man harvesting accurately sized hops!)
Porkslap Pale Ale is brewed by Butternuts in Garrattsville, NY. I first had this beer back in 2007 at a NYC beer festival. I hadn’t heard of the brewery back then and I loved it so much that the man at the table let me sneak a couple unopened cans home with me. I’d say it still holds up to this day as an easy drinking session beer (4.3% ABV) with a tiny hint of spice to it.
This pumpkin brew comes from Blue Hills Brewery in Canton, MA and I instantly fell in love with the spooky label. The beer tastes more like pure pumpkin than other pumpkin beers out there, so don’t go looking for a Pumking type beer or you’ll be sorely disappointed. It paired perfectly with our squash soup at dinner, one of the best beer/food pairings I’ve ever tasted.
This black pumpkin wheat ale is brewed by Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. out of St. Louis. I’ve only had this one beer by the brewery but it stood its own against 27 other beers in our blind pumpkin beer taste test this year. Plus, have you ever seen the 1922 silent film, “Nosferatu” that the label is based off of? It’s a damn creepy movie that holds up remarkably well to this day.
Tis the pumpkin season and this beer is one of my favorites. In fact, we rated it the 2nd best out of a blind taste test we had a few years back involving 20 different pumpkin beers from 19 breweries and 7 friends/judges. Pumking is an Imperial pumpkin beer brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Co. out of Lakewood, New York.
This beer is a simple but good summer time lager by Frankenmuth Brewery in Michigan. I was drawn to the nice and very clean can design and I think it reflects the beer’s mellow taste with a slight hint of lemon. Nuthin’ fancy here but it fits my summer mindset. They say it was inspired by Michigan summers but it seemed to wrap up my summer in Boston quite well. And with that said, I shall now brace myself for pumpkin beer season…!
Abbey Ale is a great Dubbel ale brewed by Ommegang Brewery out of Cooperstown, New York. Lots of dark fruit, raisins and spices come through at the beginning and then ultimately mix and conclude in a deep sweet aftertaste. One sip of this complex beer and you’ll know why these monks are dancing.
Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Company in Indiana is a deliciously balanced Pale Ale (some might be tempted to call it an IPA) with a fantastic crisp hop taste. I wish we had more than just 1 of these to drink that day. I also wish they distributed here to MA. Perhaps a Dark Lord Day trip is in order…
Cahoots is a Double Rye IPA and is part of the Crooked Line by Uinta Brewing Company out of Salt Lake City, Utah. I absolutely love their Detour IPA so when I saw this new beer on the shelf I thought, “who wouldn’t want to drink beer with a couple owls?” I’m glad to say that it didn’t disappoint!