It’s Finally (Actually) Time for Pumpkin

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So even if you’re like us at Foobooz, hating all things too-soon pumpkin, I think we can all agree that since the end of October is near it’s finally time to break out the pumpkin and like it. And for all of you who love pumpkin no matter how early in the season it is, this will send you over the moon.

Tonight, Standard Tap is hosting Pumpkin Head 2014. Starting at 4 p.m., the Tap will have a huge variety of pumpkin beers on tap, and for $10 you can get your very own hallowed out pumpkin from which you will drink the pumpkin beer. It really can’t get much more pumpkin-y that that. As a plus, after you’re finished your first pumpkin head, every refill from then on is only $2.

Standard Tap recommends getting there as close to 4 p.m. as possible because of limited supply of pumpkins.

Standard Tap [Foobooz]

Morgan’s Pier Launches Pumpkin Week

morgans-pier-pumpkin-weekWell at least Morgan’s Pier waited until September for Pumpkin Week. The riverfront bar is offering $10 pumpkin beer flights from now until Sunday, September 7th. Also, there will be pumpkin-themed food specials. Across the week, fourteen different breweries will be featured.

It all kicks off this evening at 5 p.m. with chef David Gilberg grilling on the pier.

Morgan’s Pier [Foobooz]

End the War on Summer

southern-tier-pumking-940The weather today is 81º and sunny. It is pretty much as perfect an August day as you can wish for and yet, forces are battling against summer.

Pumpkin beers have already hit the shelves. Even as one of the most wonderful summers in recent memory rolls on, friends are already bragging about finishing their first bomber of Southern Tier Pumking. But it’s August, why are we rushing towards fall? A trip to the beer store this weekend featured such a display of orange and black, I thought it was opening night for the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. I was looking to stock up for a sunny rooftop party, not a hayride. The summer’s hot selling Hell or High Watermelon was banished to a back corner, forgotten like so much Bud Light Straw-ber-rita. Only a single sixtel of Boulder’s Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat kept our party in keeping with the calendar.

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Tonight: Drink Out of Your Gourd at Standard Tap

gord-squareWhile some of us might be out of our gourd tonight at Whiskey Fest. There is also the opportunity to drink out of a gourd at the Standard Tap. The Tap is offering some of the area’s best pumpkin beers, drunk out of a gourd. The pumpkin costs $10 and includes the first beer. Refills are just $2. The gourd supply is limited, so getting there early is advised.

Standard Tap [Foobooz]

Kraftwork & Sidecar are Offering Pumpkin Carving Contests

Adam Ritter’s Kraftwork and Sidecar are both offering jack o’lantern carving contests from Sunday, October 28th through Wednesday, October 31st. From 3 to 7 p.m.

  • Pumpkin is free and there will be tools available for use
  • Express yourself in a gord
  • Leave your pumpkin to decorate the bar
  • Contest is four days but only one entry per person
  • Pumpkins will be judged on Halloween
  • One Kids prize and One Adult prize will be awarded.
  • Yours truly will be one of the judges
It isn’t just pumpkins, there will also be wet-hopped and other harvest beers on tap at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Sidecar Bar [Facebook]
Kraftwork [Facebook]

Beer Haters, It’s Time To Try The Great Pumpkin

Guys, if you’ve been trying to find a way to convince your wife/girlfriend to give beer yet another try, you’ll want to consider dragging her to Pumpkin Smash 2012 happening at City Tap House this Sunday. With 25 different pumpkin beers being paraded through the event (including a few getting poured in Philly for the first time), it’s a perfect opportunity to turn your beer-averse lady on to the sweeter side of suds.

Much like a great many fruit-flavored beers, the majority of pumpkin beers offer a heady splash of sweetness that people who don’t believe they like beer actually find palatable and often even pleasing. Dosed with spices like nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves, some of these liquids are more about the pumpkin pie than the pumpkin – a fact that works to your advantage with a lady whose Achilles heel is a sweet tooth that can be reasoned with.

Dick Cantwell, head brewer for Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, is bringing a bunch of kegs that are otherwise unavailable outside his brewery’s own Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, making City Tap House’s Pumpkin Smash home to the biggest assortment of Elysian beers outside the brewery. If you don’t succeed in getting your woman friend to like beer, even after making her try 25 different ones, you can always buy her some pumpkin martinis and sign her up for the pumpkin pie eating contest.

City Tap House [Official website]