The Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Festival is a one-of-a-kind festival showcasing the versatility of pumpkin in craft beer brewing. Stouts, sours, lambics, ciders, hefes, porters all get a dash of pumpkin added (sometimes more than a dash).
On hand this year were the old vets from Brooklyn Brewery in New York, Howe Sound from British Columbia, Dogfish Head from Delaware, and the newest newbie, Populuxe from Ballard (ya sure, ya betcha). There were pumpkin beers with nettles, ginger, and many other ingredients you just do not expect in a pumpkin beer.
There were several traditionally spiced beers (clove, nutmeg, allspice). The ABV ranged from session beers at 4% to one-sip-and-yer-done wonders at 11 and 12%. Some were aged in whiskey barrels, and some inside of giant pumpkins. Of course Elysian had their ever growing array of pumpkin styles to sample and compare.
It makes for a wonderful way to celebrate Fall and bridge the gap from light and foofy summer beers and the more robust harvest ales and winter warmers coming up.