Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dreaming of liquid pumpkins

Posted by on Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

If you caught my GABF review yesterday, then you may already have a sense that I'm kinda obsessed with pumpkin beers — I only tried like 12 or so in Denver on Friday.

When you find a Food & Wine quote on a beers packaging, thats a damn good sign.
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  • When you find a Food & Wine quote on a beer's packaging, that's a damn good sign.

Around this time every year, I get super excited for Bristol's Venetucci Pumpkin Ale. (Yes, I reserved my six bottle limit on Monday.)

Last night, I even broke down at Weber St. Liquor and bought a pricy four-pack of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, intent to keep cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice on my palate regularly until I pick up my Venetucci beers, and maybe even until all the leaves are off the trees around us.

Which brings me to wanting to give you a happy heads-up for some exciting pumpkin-y goodness soon to hit Trinity Brewing Company. Exciting, as in three different beers that incorporate pumpkin in the process.

In the name of all things gourd-like and delicious when added to beer, I now quote Trinity's president Jason Yester, from a newsletter I received yesterday:

Fall is in full swing and so is the bounty of harvest! We Begin our 'saison' of harvest beers this Friday Oct. 7th with the return of our pumpkin and garam masala Belgian ale, Emma's Coffin. Brewed with locally harvested pumpkins, white sage, and a unique blend of spices this recipe is like liquid Pumpkin pie, if you were in Belgium :) ! Our second harvest beer, Farmhouse Walloon, is inspired by the ancient and more authentic Saisons of southern Belgium. We gather the ingredients for this recipe from our own small ecoregion, and strictly only use ingredients from local farms and gardens. Each year we use a number of unique pumpkins and squashes along with a number of secret ingredients to create the creamy and very drinkable indigenous interpretation of this Belgian style. Voted in the top 15 Saisons in the world in 2009, Farmhouse Walloon returns on Friday Oct. 21st. Rounding off our 'month of the pumpkin' we're releasing a special firkin of the FLO IPA aged on caramelized pumpkin the same nite as our costume party, Saturday Oct 29th.

You know what needs to be done, people. So mark your calendars and let's get to it.

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