It’s amazing how much life gets in the way of blogging. Between fantasy football drafts, putting our house up for sale and spending time with the family, I’ve been neglecting my self-appointed duty of bringing you the best beer ramblings I can come up with… *sniff*… but, don’t fret, as there’s tons to get caught up on in the coming days, including the official start of pumpkin beer season!
Before we get into that, a couple of quick, non-pumpkin updates:
While it’s not pumpkin-related, it runs a close second in my book: Samuel Adams OctoberFest!
Yes, that rich, deep red amber hue is showing up in stores as fall gets closer and closer. If you’ve never tried it, it’s a great, malty brew that’s perfect for sipping on a Sunday afternoon while guys in better shape than me toss the pigskin around on TV.
From Sam Adams: This beer style was first brewed for the annual Oktoberfest, originally held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of the Crown Prince of Bavaria. The village green on which it was first held is now a huge fairground known as the Theresienwiese, after the royal bride. The Oktoberfest celebration has become a world-class beer event, running for sixteen heady days every autumn in Munich, Germany.
Meanwhile, Pyramid Breweries’ Broken Rake fall amber ale should also be showing up on shelves in the next couple of days. While I’ve never tried this one, it sounds like a winner:
From Pyramid: Enjoying a Broken Rake is the perfect excuse to put off fall chores like raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters. Mahogany in color, this full-bodied ale features a floral aroma and malty finish for a taste that’s the perfect accompaniment to a crisp autumn afternoon. Alcohol By Volume: 6.1% / Malts: 2 Row Barley Malt, Cara-Pils, Caramel Malts (C-40, C-80) / Hops: Cascade / IBUs: 25 / Calories: 200 (12oz. serving)
Both of these are only available through October, so get them while they last.